EBONY Rundown: Lauren Smith-Fields’ Cause of Death Revealed, SATs to Go All-Digital, and More

Lauren Smith-Fields. Image: Instagram/ @soooolalaa

Vivica Fox Shares Update from Regina King

On a recent episode of Cocktails with Queens, Vivica A. Fox shared an special message from friend and fellow actress Regina King, who is grieving the death of her son, Ian Alexander Jr. “She’s okay,” Fox said through tears. “She said to tell everybody that she’s gotten y’alls texts. The outpouring of love for her, her family, and her son, she appreciates it.”

Lauren Smith-Fields Death Ruled an Accident, Mayor Announces Internal Probe

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Bridgeport, Connecticuit has ruled the death of Lauren Smith-Fields to be an accident. According to WTNH News 8, her cause of death was “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl, promethazine, hydroxyzine and alcohol.” The ruling comes amidst public outcry and criticism from Smith-Fields regarding the manner in which Bridgeport Police has handled the investigation. The Mayor of Bridgeport has announced that the Office of Internal Affairs will investigate the police department’s interactions with Smith-Fields’ family after they called the investigators handling of the case “racially insensitive,” according to CBS News.

President Biden Uses Profanity in Reference to Fox News Reporter

President Joe Biden was caught on tape calling a reporter a “stupid son of a b-tch” on what appears to have been a hot mic. According to CBS News, the incident unfolded when correspondent Peter Doocy shouted, “Do you think inflation is a political liability going into the midterms?” Biden sarcastically responded, “No, it’s a great asset,” before mumbling, “More inflation. What a stupid son of a b-tch.” During an appearance on “Hannity” later that night, Doocy said that the President called him personally and they were able to “clear the air.” “I appreciate it,” said Doocy. “We had a nice call.”  

College Board to Make SAT Exams Shorter and All-Digital

The SAT exam is about to undergo some major changes. Tuesday, The College Board announced that the Scholastic Aptitude Test will be cut down from a three-hour to a two-hour exam. Further, the test will soon only be offered in digital format. The new changes will take place internationally in 2023 and in the United States in 2024.

“The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant,” explained Priscilla Rodriguez, Vice President of College Readiness Assessments at College Board, in a statement. “We’re not simply putting the current SAT on a digital platform—we’re taking full advantage of what delivering an assessment digitally makes possible. With input from educators and students, we are adapting to ensure we continue to meet their evolving needs.”

Judge Permits Special Grand Jury in Trump Election Probe

A judge has approved Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis‘ request for a special grand jury in the investigation regarding the 2020 election, CNN reports. The probe seeks to determine if former president Donald Trump played a role in attempts to overturn general election results in Georgia.

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