How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Fed Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

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I watched the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and scores of dancers. Some people called it “dazzling” and “amazing.” But others, me included, would call it troubling. Before I highlight some of the obvious issues with what took place on Sunday night, I’d like to point out that it was […]

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Why Lizzo and Other Celebs Left Social Media for Good

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Lizzo has been all over the entertainment media for several months. She won three Grammys last weekend and even nabbed a spot on Plugged In’s annual “Movers and Shakers” list. But Time Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year also made headlines earlier this month when she announced her decision to quit Twitter. Blaming the decision on […]

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There’s No Nicotine in Social Media, So Why are You Puffing so Hard?

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Who wrote this? We are in the business of relaxing people who are tense and providing a pick-up for people who are bored or depressed. The human needs that our product fills will not go away. Thus, the only real threat to our business is that society will find other means of satisfying those needs. […]

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Culture Clips: Billie the Kid Takes Home Five Grammys

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The 62nd Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Jan. 26. The evening was marked with a somber moment (news of Kobe Bryant’s sudden passing had broken earlier that day) as host Alicia Keys said, “Earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole world lost a hero.” The show also paid […]

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The Complicated, Inspirational Legacy of Kobe Bryant

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When basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash with seven others last weekend, much of the country was rocked. Many cried. Fans and celebrities offered Instagram eulogies and Twitter hagiographies. Kobe Bryant’s passing even dominated much of the Grammys ceremony that night—a ceremony held in Los Angeles’ Staples […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Christian Movie

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This category, the fourth in our four-day unveiling of our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations, seems to be getting tighter and more competitive all the time. It feels as though we’re seeing more explicitly Christian movies in the marketplace these days, and the quality of Christian films continues to grow stronger by the year. Still, […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Movies for Adults

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We’ve hit the third day of our four-day swing through our Plugged In Movie Awards nominations, and we’ve come to the category that engenders the most passionate discussion amongst Plugged In staff members. It is, in many respects, the hardest and the most fun category to fill. Why? Elementary, my dear reader. In choosing movies […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Movies for Teens

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Plugged In began its annual unveiling of what it considers to be the year’s best movies yesterday. We continue today with another set of five nominees—this one for the Best Movies for Teens. This is always an interesting category, because by default, many of the year’s biggest blockbusters fall into this category. Last year, Spider-Man: […]

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Plugged In Movie Awards 2020: Best Movies for Kids

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Every year around this time, the entertainment industry tells us all about its “best” movies. Secular critics roll out their top 10 lists. Actors and producers and screenwriters toss out awards by the bushel. And, of course, the Oscars are already vacuuming its red carpet and polishing all its little statues in preparation for its […]

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