Lacey Spears, the young mommy blogger recently convicted of secretly poisoning her late 5-year-old son and documenting his decline on social media, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison on Wednesday.
Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary handed down the minimum sentence in the Westchester County Courthouse in Valhalla on April 8, more than one month after a New York jury convicted 27-year-old Spears of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears. Prosecutors had requested the maximum penalty of 25 years to life.
"By not imposing the maximum, I'm exhibiting something you didn't show your son - namely mercy," Judge Neary told an emotionless Spears in court. more >>
NEW YORK — Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed in on a video showing 50-year-old father of four Walter Scott being fatally shot in the back multiple times by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager on Wednesday and called it "disturbing and so painful."
De Blasio, who was speaking at the National Action Network convention headed by civil rights activist Al Sharpton, said while the video was difficult to watch, members of the civil rights organization should not allow it to push them into despair, but reflect on the changes that have resulted from their activism.
"We're all feeling some pain today, I can imagine. I certainly am. We watched a video yesterday. Once again we are watching a video. Watched a video that is so disturbing and so painful. You can't watch that as a human being and not feel pain. It makes no sense, according to what our core notions of humanity and decency and justice are. And it is tempting, when you see something that painful, it is tempting to feel despair," said de Blasio. more >>
NEW YORK — As members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network get ready to hear an address from renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson Wednesday afternoon, the civil rights leader urged them at the opening of the organization's convention Wednesday morning to show the doctor respect when he addresses them.
In the run-up to the discussion of Carson's appearance, Sharpton explained that he disagreed with the conservative star on many issues and quipped that he didn't believe that they even agreed that "today is Wednesday."
Many in the audience reacted with disdain at the mention of Carson's name sighing and snickering as a hum of their disapproval filled the room until Sharpton intervened. more >>
Grammy-award winning rapper Lecrae will perform on "Good Morning America" Thursday to kick off his Anomaly 2.0 tour.
"In celebration of the launch of the second leg of his already massively successful Anomaly tour, Lecrae will perform his hit lead single "All I Need Is You" live on Good Morning America on Thursday, April 9," read the press release shared with The Christian Post.
The first leg of the tour launched in the fall of last year to promote his latest album Anomaly which received a fair amount of critical acclaim and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It also topped several other charts, including Digital Album, Rap Album, Christian Album and Gospel Album. more >>
Eva Mendes, who starred in 2008's "2 Fast 2 Furious," is rumored to be making a return for the eighth installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, a new report emerged.
With the runaway success of "Furious 7," which shattered the box office records for April, an eighth film is reportedly in the works, and will see the return of previous "2 Fast 2 Furious" alumnus Eva Mendes.
According to information recently come to light, the franchise will be moving their filming location for "Fast & Furious 8" to New York. According to actor Vin Diesel, who plays lead protagonist and elite racer, Dominic Toretto in the films, Mendes will once again don the persona of U.S. Customs Agent Monica Fuentes. more >>
NEW YORK — Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, creators of "A.D. The Bible Continues," have not shied away from pointing out that their new series includes an "accomplished cast hailing from more than 10 different nations." But that is because the couple has also acknowledged that they "could have done a better job in hiring a diverse cast" for their 2013 ratings blockbuster, "The Bible."
Although "The Bible" series "made strides ... we needed to see more of the diversity of the church," Barbara Williams-Skinner said during a diversity chat on Twitter last week. "For too long religious programming has neither reflected the look of biblical times (nor) the diversity of the church today."
"We made this point to Mark and Roma after ("The Bible"), and quite frankly they listened. I'm glad for that," she added. more >>