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Erykah Badu, Jaden and Willow Will Turn D.C. Into Broccoli City

The music artists are headining a festival dedicated to bringing sustainability to urban communities.

Image courtesy of Broccoli City.

Erykah Badu, along with the enigmatic teenaged Smith siblings, will be bringing their inexorable flyness to D.C. this month when they perform the 3rd annual Broccoli City Festival. The festival, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable living in urban environments through locally-sourced food, music and the arts, will take place on April 25th at Gateway D.C. In addition to our favorite teen wizards, Jaden and Willow, the festival line-up also includes hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, electronic music-maker Kaytrandada, and singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas, making it the coollest music festival named after a member of the cabbage family.

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Can Putting 857 Desks on the National Mall Get Education on the Election Agenda?

The installation by the "Don't Forget About Ed!" campaign urges President Obama and Mitt Romney to get serious about education.


Can lining 857 student desks up on the National Mall in Washington D.C. get our presidential candidates to make education central to their campaigns? That was the goal of an attention-getting art installation put in place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week by the College Board as part of the kickoff of their nonpartisan "Don't Forget Ed!" campaign. According to their calculations, the desks represent the number of students who drop out of school every hour of every school day.

Despite the large numbers of dropouts, "every four years, the issue of education is shockingly underplayed on the campaign trail," says College Board president Gaston Caperton. Indeed, while there's certainly been plenty of political theater over student loan interest rates, when it comes to really addressing education, this election season is playing out pretty much like every other—candidates speak in broad terms about the issue. The irony is, given all the focus on fixing the economy, it makes sense for the candidates to place education front and center.

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Michelle Obama and Beyoncé Get Kids Dancing at 600 Schools

Yes, our First Lady can "teach you how to Dougie."

Need more proof that Michelle Obama might just be the fittest (and coolest) First Lady ever? In the video above, she joins a student "flash mob" at Washington D.C.'s Alice Deal Middle School. Yes, our First Lady knows how to Dougie.

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GOOD Design Daily: Behold D.C.'s Beautiful New Bike Center

D.C. keeps getting better for cyclists. The new Bikestation is a striking members-only facility where commuters can store or fix their bikes.

Washington, D.C.'s bike culture got two big boosts in 2010 when the Capital Bikeshare program launched, placing over 1,000 candy-red bikes across the city, and a new series of dedicated bike lanes opened in high traffic areas like Pennsylvania Avenue. Now the city is seeing an infrastructural transformation as well, with the opening of the Bikestation, a 1,750 square-foot storage, repair, and retail facility just outside D.C.'s Union Station.

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