ADDITIONAL STARS TO JOIN STUDENTS, EDUCATORS AND PARENTS
FOR "EIF PRESENTS: XQ SUPER SCHOOL LIVE"
AIRING ON ABC, CBS, FOX AND NBC
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8, 2017
J.J. Abrams, Kelsea Ballerini, Maria Bello, Cate Blanchett, Ashley Campuzano, James Corden,
Cindy Crawford, Michael Ealy, Matt FX, Salma Hayek Pinault, Sean Hayes, Allison Janney, JAX,
DJ Khaled, Gayle King, Norman Lear, Marshawn Lynch, Joel McHale, Alano Miller, Hasan Minhaj,
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maren Morris, David Muir, Chris Paul, Tanika Ray, Conrad Ricamora,
Adam Rodriguez, Al Roker, Ian Somerhalder, Karla Souza, Ringo Starr, Justin Timberlake, U2,
Danielle Vega, Chris Wallace, Matt Walsh, Reggie Watts, D'Wayne Wiggins, and Jesse Williams
Will Join Previously Announced Talent in Live One-Hour Telecast and Multi-Platform Event
Performance by Kelly Clarkson Announced as well as Hunter Hayes, Jordan Fisher and Student Winners of the Brave New Schools #RethinkHighSchool Competition
Jorge Diaz and Dytto to Host Pre-Show Livestreamed from the Red Carpet
https://xqsuperschool.org/live | facebook.com/XQAmerica | Twitter, Instagram: @XQAmerica | youtube.com/XQAmerica
LOS ANGELES, September 7, 2017 - Today, XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced that J.J. Abrams, Kelsea Ballerini, Maria Bello, Cate Blanchett, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Michael Ealy, Matt FX, Salma Hayek Pinault, Sean Hayes, Allison Janney, JAX, DJ Khaled, Gayle King, Norman Lear, Marshawn Lynch, Joel McHale, Alano Miller, Hasan Minhaj, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maren Morris, David Muir, Chris Paul, Tanika Ray, Conrad Ricamora, Adam Rodriguez, Al Roker, Ian Somerhalder, Karla Souza, Ringo Starr, Justin Timberlake, U2, Chris Wallace, Matt Walsh, Reggie Watts, D'Wayne Wiggins, and Jesse Williams, as well as East Los High stars Ashley Campuzano, Jorge Diaz, and Danielle Vega will participate in "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live," a one-hour telecast and multi-platform event that will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools. The live special will also include musical performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jordan Fisher and Hunter Hayes. Dance star and social media influencer Dytto, and actor Jorge Diaz will host a pre-show that will stream live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube starting at 3:30 PM PT/6:30 PM ET.
They will appear in addition to Mahershala Ali, Common, Miranda Cosgrove, Portia Doubleday, Kevin Frazier, Bill Hader, Tony Hale, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Rami Malek, Thomas Mann, Randall Park, Melissa Rivers, Christian Slater and Anna Deavere Smith in the all-star telecast which will air live from Los Angeles on all four major U.S. networks - ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC - on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. The show will also stream live and be available on-demand on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX's streaming platforms, as well as Hulu and YouTube. The telecast will also be available to stream in its entirety on Hulu the day after it is broadcast.
Kelly Clarkson will perform a new song from her highly-anticipated forthcoming album. Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris will introduce country star Hunter Hayes, adding to the roster of musical performers including Jordan Fisher and Andra Day. Additionally, JAX, Ringo Starr, U2, Reggie Watts, and D'Wayne Wiggins will join the previously-announced star-studded finale performance led by Jennifer Hudson with Sheryl Crow, Max Weinberg and Max Weinberg's Jukebox, Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, MC Hammer, Jon Boogz and Sheila E.
Five student winners of the Brave New Schools #RethinkHighSchool competition will also join the on-stage lineup. In partnership with XQ Institute, Youth Speaks - a world leader in youth development and spoken word performance - launched a nationwide slam poetry contest. The Grand Prize winners include Carlynn Newhouse (Seattle, WA); Elohndra Brazzle (Des Moines, IA); Jalesha Johnson (Des Moines, IA); Jola Laguda (Quincy, MA); and Marissa Perez & Mike Davis (Pomona, CA). Each submitted an original poem, rap or story that addressed the contest theme: rethinking high school.
In September 2015, XQ: The Super School Project launched an open call to rethink and design the next American high school. Thousands of communities across the country have since come together to reimagine high school education. "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live" will highlight the incredible progress of this fast-growing movement, challenge the public to build upon it, and provide viewers with insight into how to spark this transformation within their communities.
The star-studded event in support of the national education initiative will broadcast live from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. In collaboration with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, the telecast will be executive-produced by XQ Institute and Done + Dusted, and directed by Hamish Hamilton.
Viewers can also join the movement by hosting a viewing party during the live broadcast. More than 500 viewing parties across all 50 states have already been planned. The telecast will feature a special Shazam integration. When viewers activate their Shazam app during a specific performance, they will receive a custom message from one of the many celebrities in the show telling them how to get involved. Furthermore, the show will include multi-platform digital components so viewers can engage and participate online, on mobile and in their communities. To learn more about the show and the movement, visit https://xqsuperschool.org/live/ or text XQLIVE to 225568.
About XQ Institute
XQ inspires communities to help reshape high school so it prepares every student for success in college, career and life. XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an open call to rethink and design the American high school. More than 10,000 students, educators, parents and community leaders from all 50 states and representing nearly 4,000 communities answered this call by proposing innovative, student-centered models for 21st Century learning. Today, these innovators and supporters are a community of 78,000 strong and growing. To date, XQ has pledged $115 million to a growing number of the most promising ideas, actively supporting these teams on their journeys to become Super Schools.
XQ is led by Co-Founder and CEO Russlynn Ali, former Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President Barack Obama, and Co-Founder and Board Chair Laurene Powell Jobs, president of Emerson Collective. Board members include Yo-Yo Ma, Marc Ecko, Geoffrey Canada, Michael Klein and Leon Wieseltier. For more information visit https://xqsuperschool.org/.
About the Entertainment Industry Foundation
The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), established in 1942, harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to generate awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. Stand Up To Cancer, a division of EIF and its largest initiative, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. Hunger Is, EIF's collaboration with The Albertsons Companies Foundation, has raised awareness of childhood hunger and supports breakfast, afterschool and out-of-school meal programs.