John Legend: The Show Me Campaign

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John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen are celebrating the announcement of her pregnancy! Chrissy announced the big news on Instagram today just on the heels of her recent admission on Tyra Banks’ new TV talk show, FabLife, that she … Continue reading

Dwyane Wade: Wade’s World Foundation

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While fans of the NBA are more concerned with his stats and also keeping up with his wife Gabrielle Union’s TV series, Being Mary Jane (which returns to TV on October 20th with a two hour premiere), Miami Heat shooting … Continue reading

Marjorie Harvey: Girls Who Rule the World


“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.


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.


The Ian Somerhalder Foundation website


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)


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.” 



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.


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)