Steve Harvey And Wife, Marjorie, Head to The Polls

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Got Vote?

Patriotic Steve and his personal first lady Marjorie headed to the polls today to do their American duty. While they were at the Atlanta polling location, the married pair took a quick selfie to support early voting. They posted the nationalist image above and caption below on social media.

“Me and my girl just early voted! Got our voting stickers and encourage everyone …. YES YOU to get out and vote!!!!! C’mon y’all lets vote! #MarjorieHarvey #SteveHarvey”

All rights to the image and quote belongs to Steve Harvey.

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Steven Pasquale is Billy Bigelow in Lyric Opera’s “Carousel”

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He has crossed ‘The Bridges of Madison County” to ride the Carousel!

Broadway star Steven Pasquale joins the Spring production of Lyric Opera’s Carousel. The coveted role from the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic has been taken, and Steven now has a challenging road ahead.

Lyric’s general director Anthony Freud was firm in his description of the iconic role, The role of Billy Bigelow is one of the most demanding in all of musical theater. We are so pleased that Steven Pasquale, an incredibly talented and versatile singing actor who has won acclaim on stage and screen, will be portraying this larger-than-life personality at Lyric. “

According to Lyric’s official press release, he and international opera talent Denyce Graves, who will portray Nettie Fowler, are the first ones cast in Carousel roles.

Beyond the theater, Steven was firefighter Sean Garrity in the FX hit TV series “Rescue Me”.

Click here to read the complete press release.

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Scooter Braun Welcomes CL to The Family

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Steve Harvey to Talk “Success” on UP tv

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Are you ready to spend A Special Night with Steve?

Tomorrow, Steve Harvey reveals his keys to leading a successful life in “A Special Night with Steve Harvey: Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success.” UP tv shared the official press release about the program promoting his latest best-selling book. America’s Uncle Steve pours his heart out to the Chicago audience in Millennium Park with his incredible rags to riches story.

“This is the best special I’ve ever done, it will be my best contribution to the very people who have supported me over the years,” Steve said.

“… I want to help change people’s direction in life to a higher state of being… I want people to experience the joy of success and the process!”

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Click here to read the entire press release.

 

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[Interview] Author Arleen Spenceley: My Favorite Chapter From “Chastity Is For Lovers” is Providence: A Reason for Reckless Abandon

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BTSCelebs: Tell us about your upcoming book. Why did you choose to release a book about this particular subject?

Arleen Spenceley: My book, which will be released by Ave Maria Press on Nov. 28, is called Chastity Is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin. Ultimately, it’s about why I — a nearly-30 year old journalist (I’ll be 29 on Nov. 7) — am saving sex for marriage in a culture that calls that crazy. I decided to write this book for a couple reasons: one, because virgins exist, and so do people who are saving sex from now on, who have felt very alone in their chastity. I want them to know that they aren’t. Two, I wrote the book because others exist whose lifestyles haven’t resulted in the kinds of relationships they’ve hoped for. I want to present an alternative way of life to them, and encourage them to try it.

What chapter of your book is your favorite? Why?

My favorite chapter is the third one, which is called “Providence: A Reason for Reckless Abandon.” I couldn’t write it and can’t read it without crying. You’ll have to read it yourself to find out why, but it illustrates what we who practice chastity all must do: seek first the Kingdom. As Christ tells us in Matthew 6, when we seek first His kingdom, we’ll be given what we need. I think that’s in part because our perspective changes when we’re focused first on Christ. What we actually need becomes so much clearer. And I don’t think we can get very far in any part of our lives if we aren’t seeking Him first. So that’s why it’s my favorite chapter.

What advice would you give to fellow virgins that have low self-esteem and are willing to be with anyone to avoid being alone?

I’d first remind them that they are of infinite value, and created in the image of a very amazing God. Second, I — a proponent of counseling (as somebody who has a master’s degree in mental health counseling) — would suggest that they consider seeking counseling from a licensed counselor who is trained to help people see their value and worth if they have had a hard time doing that. And third, I’d suggest that they read my book, parts of which are about what they are struggling with. One of my hopes for the book is that God will use it to help the people you’ve described.

You were bullied online about your virginity based articles with the Tampa Bay Times, how did you overcome the negative backlash from readers?

I reminded myself over and over that what other people think of me is irrelevant. I don’t need the general public to agree with or support what I believe in order to feel good about living what I believe. In some ways, what the bullies have said to me or about me, or about virginity or the virtue of chastity, has only fueled my passion for telling the world around me the truth about chastity.

For more info on Arleen, check her out online -

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Facebook: Arleen Spenceley

Twitter: @ArleenSpenceley

* A Special Thanks to Arleen Spenceley for the exclusive interview and image.*

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2PM & VIXX Head to America’s MidWest… Where Is SHINee?

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BTSCelebs takes a moment to acknowledge the love the Midwest is receiving from the K-Pop industry.

K-Pop has been good to us this year! Boyfriend and B.A.P arrived in and around the Chicagoland area this past Spring for their adoring American fans. Next month, two more hot boy bands, 2PM and VIXX, plan to light up stages in Rosemont and Merrillville.

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My question is… where is SHINee? The previous bands mentioned bring immense happiness to their vast followings, but my heart has always been with SHINee. They have landed on the East and West coasts and even made an appearance at the Billboard K-Pop Masters Concert in Las Vegas in 2011.

This fall, they are touring all over Japan for their latest SHINee World tour installment.

In 2015, I hope SHINee is the next K-Pop boy band to grace Chicago soil. SHINee, we are waiting.

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[Interview] Author Arleen Spenceley: “We Are Created To Love” – Part 1

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Tampa Bay Times’ staff writer Arleen Spenceley is branching out.

The educated lady, who earned a Masters degree in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors in Journalism, releases her debut nonfiction book “Chastity Is For Lovers”next month.

BTSCelebs was given the special opportunity to interview Arleen and discover her current stance on chastity, her upcoming book, advice to fellow virgins and so much more.

BTSCelebs: Why are you choosing the Chastity road?

Arleen Spenceley: I choose to practice the virtue of chastity — which isn’t abstinence but requires it outside marriage — because “only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of true love.” (That’s a quote from St. John Paul II.) As a Roman Catholic Christian, I believe we are created to love, so I can’t imagine not practicing a virtue that makes love possible.

What have you learned in your purity walk that you believe will benefit you in marriage?
Chastity is about governing our appetites instead of being governed by them. That means we don’t decide to do something because we have an urge to do it. Instead, we decide whether or not to act on an urge only after we’ve discerned that acting on it is a fundamentally good idea. In other words, we don’t always get what we want. If I get married, being able to handle not always getting what I want is a trait that’ll be of benefit to that relationship because marriage is designed to result in the destruction of self-absorption. If we’re going to be open to that, we’ve got to be able to forego always getting what we want.

Do you desire to only marry a virgin man?
I don’t know yet for sure that I’ll ever get married, as I’m still discerning my vocation. But I do date, and I don’t require the men I date to be virgins just because I am. I’ve dated men who are virgins and I’ve dated men who aren’t. That’s part of the beauty of chastity. A person can start practicing it now, regardless of whether he or she always has.

In part 2 of our interview, Arleen will answer the following questions:

 Tell us about your upcoming book. Why did you choose to release a book about this particular subject?

 What chapter of your book is your favorite? Why?

What advice would you give to fellow virgins that have low self-esteem and are willing to be with anyone to avoid being alone?

You were bullied online about your virginity based articles with the Tampa Bay Times, how did you overcome the negative backlash from readers?

* A Special Thanks to Arleen Spenceley for the exclusive interview and image.*

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