After Demi Lovato’s overdose, social media calls for more attention on addiction, opioid epidemic in the U.S.


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@JustinSparks116, tweeting after Demi Lovato was hospitalized Tuesday for an alleged drug overdose. TMZ had reported that the singer overdosed on heroin but has since said it’s unclear what drugs she took. Many social media users viewed Lovato’s overdose in connection with the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Racist comic fans were called out for their reaction to Starfire casting. 


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“You can anything in fiction. You can have dragons, superheroes, worlds where our physical laws don’t apply. That’s all fine. But if a black person plays a fictional character who fans think of as white, or who has been portrayed as white, all of a sudden, it’s bad and unrealistic.”

@_Zeets, calling out racism among comic book fans. Anna Diop, above, plays Starfire in the new DC Universe show “Titans.” After the trailer came out last week, Diop received so much hate that she disabled comments on her Instagram, The Root reported.

Is this video fake news or satire? 


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@yashar, New York magazine writer Yashar Ali, on the “fake news” video of New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Conservative commentator Allie Stuckey, above left, created the “interview” with Ocasio-Cortez, above right, by stitching together clips from her recent interview with PBS. In the video, Ocasio-Cortez appears to be unable to answer basic questions. After the video was viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, a tag was added to indicate that it is satire. Some accused Stuckey of being deceptive, but she said that was not her intention.

First baby born from in vitro fertilization turns 40. 


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@TabaPeterside, wishing a happy birthday to Louise Brown, the first human born thanks to in vitro fertilization. Brown was born July 25, 1978. Since then, IVF has enabled the births of 8 million babies. “[Brown]paved the way and gave hope to my parents who wanted and waited for me for years,” @mollyalisonward tweeted.