EBONY Rundown: Clinical Trials Underway for Daily COVID Pill, Kanye West to Open Free Private School, Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment, and More

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Scientists Testing Daily COVID-19 Treatment Pill

As we inch closer to the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists are closer and closer to developing a daily pill to treat the deadly viral infection. According to Kaiser Health News, clinical trials are underway for at least three antiviral medications for COVID. Results for said trials may be available as early as fall or winter of this year.

Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment

In an op-ed for The New York Times, producer Shelley Ross accused Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her in 2005 when they were both employed by ABC. According to Ross the alleged incident occurred at a farewell party for a colleague. Cuomo allegedly greeted her with a hug and lowered “one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.” The CNN anchor acknowledges the incident but reasons that it was not sexual in nature. “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature,” Cuomo told the Times. “It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”

Derek Chauvin Files to Appeal Conviction in George Floyd’s Murder

Thursday, former police officer Derek Chauvin filed to appeal his murder conviction in the death of George Floyd, The Star Tribune reports. Filed with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Chauvin’s legal team presented fourteen issues with his trial—including that the state committed “prejudicial prosecutorial misconduct” and “juror misconduct.”

Kanye West to Open School, Donda Academy

Kanye West is reportedly gearing up to open a school named after his late mother, Dr. Donda West. According to The Simi Valley Acorn, Ventura County’s Building and Safety division issued a permit to Donda Academy Inc. on August 30th. According to MTV News, Donda Academy will be a tuition-free K-12 private school located in Southern California.

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Kash Doll Announces Pregnancy

In addition to celebrating her acting debut on 50 Cent’s “Black Mafia Family” series, Kash Doll has announced another new beginning—her motherhood journey. The “Ice Me Out” rapper took to Instagram and Twitter Thursday to announce that she is expecting her first child. “I’m finally about to be a mommy,” she captioned a series of maternity photos. “My secret is out,” she exclaimed in a follow-up tweet on Friday morning. “I’m so relieved I just wanted to protect my baby from certain energy but u know what y’all proved me wrong it was alll positivity!!! Thank you guys.”

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