Cyril Josh Barker

Cyril Joshua Barker is a staff writer for the New York Amsterdam News. He has been at the paper since 2007. Barker also serves as co-host/commentator of the weekly radio program “Express Yourself” on 107.5 FM WBLS/1190 AM WLIB. During his stint in Montgomery, Ala. he was a reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. Barker graduated from Alabama State University in 2006 earning a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in sociology.

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City layoffs now off the chopping block for now

Thousands of city employees are breathing a sigh of relief after their jobs were saved in the city’s annual budget.

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New Jersey outlines guidelines for reopening schools

New Jersey state officials released “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” to assist schools with reopening in the fall.

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NY takes steps to keep COVID out

As COVID-19 cases make a sharp rise in states south of the Mason-Dixie line, New York is taking several measures to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen here.

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'Princess and the Frog' ride coming to Disneyland and Disney World

The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that it's replacing the theme of its iconic Splash Mountain ride with a theme based on the 2009 animated film "The Princess and the Frog."

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NYC: We're Back - City Enters Phase 2

Gates are rolled up, outdoor tables are set and “closed” signs are flipped as New York City enters Phase 2 of the COVID-19 recovery, which permits restaurants to serve customers outdoors, the opening of beauty and barbershops and in-store retail.

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Primary election sees big wins for progressives, problems at the polls

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers participated in Tuesday’s primary election whether by early voting, absentee ballot or voting in person.

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New Jersey AG demands that law enforcement officials who violate policies be identified

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is ordering that all law enforcement agencies in the state begin publicly identifying officers who commit serious disciplinary violations.

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Meet the candidates: Primary elections underway in NYC

The primary elections in New York State are set to take place on June 23 but early voting has already begun and with COVID-19 still lingering people are voting by mail.

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Reforms aim to bridge trust between police and community

Among the many reforms in the “Say Their Name” Agenda is the repeal of law 50-a, which allows for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers.

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Manhattan D.A. declining to prosecute protest arrests

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. recently announced his office is not prosecuting people arrested during the ongoing demonstrations against the use of excessive force and killing of George Floyd.

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