Marjorie Harvey: Girls Who Rule the World

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“Who run the world? Girls!”  We all know the phrase that Beyoncé made ever popular. What does it mean to Marjorie Harvey? Well, if you’ve ever heard Comedian, Author, Radio/TV Host, and Philanthropist (and much more) Steve Harvey speak, you … Continue reading

Celebrity Optimist/TV has a new look!

It’s a new year and along with the “new day”, we are introducing our new look! Fresh and new, please stay tuned for new posts, platforms and, of course, optimism!

If you have any ideas and would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please feel free to contact us:

Thanks for visiting!

Kendra K.

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Ian Somerhalder: The Ian Somerhalder Foundation

While some people are trying to figure out what happened between Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, his foundation is focusing on the important things. Several causes are close to his heart and his foundation, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, supports efforts to take care of the environment, animals, education, the youth and more.

To learn more about his efforts, you can go to his website.

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The Ian Somerhalder Foundation website

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Bright Idea: Stand up for someone, even if you don’t know them

The topic is not a new one, but I was inspired the other day by my friend and co-host. After taping a live show, we were discussing the idea of comments and how much we enjoy interacting with viewers through the comments they make about the show. It quickly became a group discussion with our other co-hosts, and we each began to exchange personal stories about the comments we have had, in our experience, intended for us. It seems the consensus was, while we really enjoy feedback both positive and constructive criticism, none of us were immune to the virtual blows of negative comments that seem to exist simply to be, well, negative! I have had a few negative comments, but they never have truly affected me. I think the ones I was “gifted” with, because I didn’t believe them, rolled off my back and I didn’t pay them any mind. I think if I were presented with something negative, but constructive, I would take it into consideration, and advance accordingly.

I remember last year having the same discussion with another friend and fellow host. She had a harder time with negative feedback. We had some really interesting discussions about it and I encouraged her to really think about it in a different way. The world is very different now, with the (quick) technological and social media advances and what I wanted her to understand was that the very people who are sitting behind their computers, in some arbitrary locale, in who knows what part of the world, have it the easiest. How do they make the choice to intentionally post crude, insulting and otherwise berating comments about other people, who are trying to be honest and creative? That would take an entirely separate blog post to decipher. I did tell her that they are considered “safe” in their anonymity and I highly doubt that they would have the courage or ability to do what it is she does. I am not saying that it’s easy to dash these comments aside and keep it moving. I actually don’t have the answers. Everyone reacts differently. I can’t even imagine how it must feel to be a public figure or celebrity with the amount of denigrating comments they constantly receive! I understand it when I hear some of them say they don’t even read what’s out there about them! Some years ago Tyra Banks did an entire show on the topic, back when she had her talk show. She actually spoke to some of the “cyber bullies” and tried to delve into their psyche to discover the why. You may be able to find the episode online, but I do remember one part of the conclusion was that these people are everyday people who don’t feel good about themselves, and so they project that insecurity onto others.

I bring all of this up to say that, while I don’t have the answers, I was inspired by my friend, and co-host, for being part of the solution! She shared with us, in that post-show discussion, that she once was reading negative comments under a video she had watched, and proceeded to spend a significant amount of time counter-commenting. She went through each negative comment and in her responses, defended the owner of the video in question. Wow! What an optimistic reaction! I was so happy to hear that she had done that, and had to share it with you, my readers. I challenge you to do what she did and stand up for someone else, even if you don’t know them. Actually, this doesn’t have to be restricted to video or article comments. This is something that can be exercised in everyday life and everyday scenarios.

I would love to hear about your experiences so feel free to comment below! (smile)

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Keshia Knight Pulliam: Kamp Kizzy

She may have been the first to go on ABC’s new TV hit Splash, but she’s among the best when it comes to promoting and executing the empowerment of young girls. Founder of the non-profit Kamp Kizzy, Keshia Knight Pulliam, known to countless households in the 80s as Rudy Huxtable on acclaimed sitcom The Cosby Show, created an organization with a mission in mind to inspire and help the modern girl navigate through a modern world. Through “a variety of workshops that include performing arts, sensitivity and cultural diversity training, team building exercises, creative writing, etiquette and public speaking”, the mission of Kamp Kizzy, a summer day camp, is to “bring girls together between the ages of 11-16 from all socioeconomic backgrounds to learn from each other, grow with each other and empower one another.” 

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Celeb Optimist of the Day!

Celeb Optimist of the Day!

Actress Keira Knightley, featured on the March 2013 cover of Marie Claire magazine inspires women not to be hard on themselves. Keira is a Celebrity Optimist.

Celebrity Optimist TV EXCLUSIVE: James Lesure is a “man at work” at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Are you loving the new TBS sitcom Men At Work? James Lesure, who plays Gibbs, joins Celebrity Optimist TV for an exclusive interview on-site at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles! Find out more about his role on the show and his optimistic outlook!

The extended version is coming soon, including interviews with the Director, families, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity LA.

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Tim Tebow: The Tim Tebow Foundation

While masses of swooning ladies are trying to figure out who he is dating, I’d like to draw your attention to where you will find his heart – in his Tim Tebow Foundation. Well known as the new quarterback for the New York Jets with strong Christian faith and values, Tebow keeps his passions “in the pocket” with heart of gold. His foundation, initially envisioned while he was an undergraduate at the University of Florida, “exists to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”

The foundation has allowed Tebow to reach out to those in need around the world. Several of his programs have helped children with life-threatening illnesses, physical disabilities, abandoned and/or have a need for a loving presence in their lives.

For more information on The Tim Tebow Foundation, you can visit the website, and go to the YouTube Channel for related videos:

(Source: The Tim Tebow YouTube Channel)

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Halle Berry: “What A Little Love Can Do” Jenesse Center, Inc. Project

While many are focused on the latest news about Halle Berry‘s engagement, Halle is engaged in a project seeking to help create a safe haven for women and children victims of domestic abuse. A project she has created through the Jenesse Center, Inc., a domestic violence intervention program, she was inspired to remodel some housing units, to create a safe space for women and children to get the resources they otherwise don’t have access to, including new clothing and emotional support. Victims of domestic violence and abuse sometimes have to flee their situations at a moment’s notice, so for there to be a place for them to land safely, is a comfort, to say the least.

Through the “What A Little Love Can Do” project, Halle personally funded and contributed to the renovating of 2 out of 15 apartment units in the housing shelters. As seen on the Jenesse Center website, Halle is looking for the public to get involved in helping to complete the renovations so that more victims of domestic abuse can learn what it is to feel safe again.

With a wealth of information on the Jenesse website about the project and how to get involved, there are also very helpful links on recognizing abuse, how to stay safe and everything in between. To find out more about “What A Little Love Can Do”, there is a video on the website that shows how Halle and the team at the Jenesse Center, transform four walls into beautiful and welcome living spaces.

Here is a video from 2008 which gives more insight into what the Jenesse Center, Inc.’s vision is:

(Source: Jenesse Center’s YouTube page)

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Bright Idea: See a Sundance film that challenges the media’s limiting portrayal of women and girls

I had the opportunity to see a screening of the Special Selection 2011 Sundance documentary film,“Miss Representation”. The film, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, revisits the idea that the intelligence of women and girls is trumped by the value media places on their bodies. While the film features the perspectives of public figures from Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker to former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Activist Gloria Steinem to Journalist Lisa Ling and many in between, we also hear the voices of everyday girls represented.  The message? While there are some very strong leaders in the young women and girl population, there still are plenty of impressionable girls who question their worth, daily, because of the images of women they are inundated with on a regular basis. We heard from the mouths of high school girls that they are worried about their weight, dependent upon what other people, especially boys, think of them, and think about how they are going to fit in as they grow into their roles in society. These are bright, intelligent girls! The messages they are receiving? There is no real demand for that. In reality, we know that this simply is not true. There is demand. That message is not getting through.

Among its various avenues of investigation, the film “explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.”

(Source: Miss Representation YouTube page)

While the film has been presented at Sundance and has aired on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), they are holding screenings for the film across the country, and potentially, the world. If you visit their website, you can also apply to hold your own screening.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Film and TV Producer Bonnie Bruckheimer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Sundance Channel Sarah Barnett,  Executive Director of the Public Leadership Education Network Pamela O’Leary, Blogger and Creator of the Curvy Fashionista Marie Denee, Authoer of Girl Studies Eline Lipkin and moderated by Human Rights Activist Bonnie Abaunza.

While the film will appeal to women, girls and parents of both, I thinkeveryone should see this film and continue the dialogue. Who’s going to answer the teary high school student, Maria, and her question, “When is it going to be enough?”

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