will.i.am Doing good in School and Making the World Better

Alrighty folks. Here's your Friday dose of What's Good in the World. And it comes in the form of former Black Eyed Peas frontman, will.i.am.  I KNOW, RIGHT? Not that it's surprising that Mr. .am. did something good. Nope. More like it's shocking that I'm so amazingly hip that I know who he is. (The fact that I just used the word "hip" is another indicator of how cool I am. Also how old I am. Though not so old that when I say it I am referencing a certain replacement surgery.)

So, without a natural connection between Mr. .am. and myself, you must be wondering how I came across this bit of news and what that news is. Well, I was watching the Graham Norton Show, as one does, and there were will.i.am and Miriam Margoyles sitting on the couch across from the hi.larious (and occasionally naughty, but I just plug my ears and go "lalalala!") host. Also there was another freakishly tall guy there but I don't know who he was. Although he was funny.

Anyway, will. started talking about this thing called the S.T.E.M. program that he's raised 4 million dollars for and is trying to get into inner city schools all over the U.S., and now in England. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. .i.am. feels that unless these schools really start emphasizing S.T.E.M. courses now, they won't be able to in the future. He particularly feels that girls need to be studying the technologies and math so they can be the future leaders they are built to be. It's actually pretty cool. Miriam Margoyles–whom you've seen in the Harry Potter movie series as the Herbology professor–was hysterical in this episode with will.i.am. Not only was she super excited to be on the show with an actual black man (which she really said, and which he took very graciously and turned into a totally endearing interaction) but she was suitably impressed by his good-deed-doing as well. Check it out:

Right? And you can already see that he and Miriam have got this great and utterly unlikely chemistry together. They should do a sitcom.

Well, there you have it. Good in the world from unexpected places. I love that. I love people. People are cool.

Now you go out there and do some good like Mr. .am. is doing. I'll try it too. Then we can all meet back here and discuss it over biscotti with anise jelly and some herbal tea. Catch ya in a mo.

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I have managed to keep the same husband for nearly three decades, and the same four children for almost that long - although one or two of them say it has been much longer. I have been writing since I learned to hold a pencil, and trying to make people laugh even longer. I hope to do some good in the world before I go the way of it. And if not, I'd better at least get to visit Ireland.


  1. Heartwarming! And I love Graham Norton. Too funny. Why is it talk show hosts always have to include water in their openings? Ferguson does a fountain, Conan used to jump off a pier and Graham has the throwing things in water opening. Maybe speculate on that in your next entry? Anyway! No, that was a great thing to know about. I actually went and watched more of it on ‘tube. Have a great day!

    • That IS an interesting question. Hmmm. Maybe they’re just big little kids who love to splash in water. Dunno. I must think about it. You have a great weekend!

  2. I love it when people who have a lot are willing to give back! What’s even more interesting is Mr. i.am.’s interest in science. It seems like you hear a lot about celebrities who promote arts programs in schools (not that art isn’t important – I’m all for arts programs), but I think this is the first time I’ve heard of any celebrity who’s actively pushing science. Prof. Sprout is right – he’s FABulous!

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