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How to Get People to Vote Online

Do Something U's latest video offers advice for getting people to vote in crowdsourced contests.


Each week, Do Something U releases a new piece of video content dedicated to providing solutions to the problems many young activists face.

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In 1925, a 22-year-old busboy slipped three poems to acclaimed poet Vachel Lindsay while he was dining at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Vachel read the poems aloud to his audience later that night noting the “negro busboy poet” author. Reporters wanting to meet the young poet besieged him the next morning, or so the legend goes. Langston Hughes had been discovered.

It was a hostile time and place for African American artists, writers and intellectuals. In 1925, when Hughes and Lindsay had their encounter, Jim Crow was alive and well in Washington, D.C. and the literary establishment was overwhelmingly white and male.

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Solving the Black Male School Achievement Puzzle

Closing the African American achievement gap is the life’s work of Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu. Founder of a company focused on helping parents...


Closing the African American achievement gap is the life’s work of Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu. Founder of a company focused on helping parents and educators address the educational crisis facing black children, he’s written 32 books including Black Students/ Middle Class Teachers, Keeping Black Boys Out of Special Education and Reducing the Black Male Drop Out Rate. I caught up with Dr. Kunjufu to discuss why he believes the KIPP model (an innovative national network of charter schools), Afrocentric schools, and single gender schools are the keys to a high quality educational experience for African American children.

Chicago’s Urban Prep Charter School made national news with its announcement that 100% of its black male seniors have been accepted to college. Are they proof that the single gender model works?

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A Community of Ovens

For most of us, cooking is more or less a solitary event. Kitchen stoves, office microwaves, and dorm room toaster ovens fry, zap and roast our...

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Bringing the Polar Perspective on Climate Change to D.C.

Will Steger has led historic expeditions to both poles, traveled tens of thousands of miles through the arctic and antarctic by kayak and dogsled...

Will Steger has led historic expeditions to both poles, traveled tens of thousands of miles through the arctic and antarctic by kayak and dogsled over the past 45 years, and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from National Geographic Adventure Magazine. But he insists he’s as much an educator as an adventurer. As one of the world’s leading authorities on the polar regions, Steger has served as eyewitness to the dramatic changes of global. Five years ago, he created the Will Steger Foundation to better engage the public, particularly youth, on climate issues, using his expeditions and experience as a jumping off point for education and action.


You wear quite a few different hats–explorer, foundation director, educator. How do you describe what you do?

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How to Grow an Edible, Vertical Garden in Five Steps

It's hard to believe but, yes, spring is on its way. And with it all kinds of wonderful green things like arugula, celery, and cherry tomatoes. If...

It’s hard to believe but, yes, spring is on its way. And with it all kinds of wonderful green things like arugula, celery, and cherry tomatoes. If you’re a gardener, you’ve probably already started your seedlings (or at least have an order in for black seeded Simpson lettuce, Astro Arugula or sugar snap peas). If you’re a first time gardener, now is the time to decide if you really want to dig in.

Don’t know what to grow? Don’t know where to grow it? Gardens can grow anywhere (alleys! windows! walls!) and can grow all kinds of things (loofah!). Vertical gardens are a good option for people who don’t have horizontal space, rich soil or just have an ugly wall they want to cover up.

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