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.
The fatal shooting of a mother in the Bronx caught in crossfire and the shooting of five teens in Brooklyn over a designer bookbag is a clear indication that gun violence will again be a problem this summer.
The recent mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub continues to ignite outrage throughout the LGBTQ community. Black members of the gay community are also showing support and speaking out.
The Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation held the 27th annual African-American Parade and Festival last weekend.
This week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with 15 members of the N.J. Black Mayors’ Alliance for Social Justice to discuss issues important to their communities. After the event, the Mayors’ Alliance endorsed Clinton for president.
Mamadou Diallo, 61, walked out of Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday night to cheers after his initial charges were reduced for fatally beating the man who tried to rape his wife and was terrorizing the community. Previously facing manslaughter charges for fatally beating the man with a tire iron, Diallo had the charges reduced by a judge to assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance.
The memory of four members of the 369th infantry regiment, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” from Montclair are being honored at this year’s Memorial Day tribute in the township.
The White House chose the city of Newark as one of 16 communities to take part in the Special Impact Hub program, aimed at upgrading and expanding community programs (including job, learning, meal and violence reduction programs) for young people this summer and year-round.
Columbia Law School alum and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is delivers the keynote address at Columbia Law School’s graduation.
According to a report by the Community Service Society, New York State’s “eviction bonus” is responsible for nearly 50 percent of the citywide total increase in stabilized rents above inflation.
Mai Perkins in one of the 20,000 Uber drivers taking New Yorkers from point A to point B. She’s combining her love of writing and being an Uber driver with her popular blog “Uberlicious.”