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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Chef Sahera Threats’ sweet smell of success

Pastry chef Sahera Threats made her dreams a reality nearly a year ago when she turned her passion into a business by opening Pastry Lover’s Choice on Staten Island.

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Civil rights legend returns to alma mater

The man who coauthored the famous “I Have a Dream” speech with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is returning to his New Jersey high school for the first time since he graduated nearly 70 years ago.

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Students turn out for HBCU fair and summer employment kickoff in East Orange

Hundreds of students came out earlier this month for the annual Summer Work Experience Program Kickoff and HBCU fair to connect local students with Black colleges from across the country.

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Newark Liberty Airport hosts MWBE outreach forum

Newark Liberty International Airport hosted a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Outreach Forum this week, for contractors, vendors and consultants seeking to learn about contracting opportunities for the airport’s $2.4-billion Terminal A Redevelopment Program.

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Black community calling for resignation of NJ officer who allegedly exposed himself to children

A Pennsville, N.J., police officer is under fire and being pressured to resign after reports surface that he allegedly exposed himself to two children in a bathroom.

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The real hate that hate produced

James Harris Jackson is not mentally unstable. He’s a domestic terrorist.

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Bad hair day: Viral video ignites boycott of Asian-owned beauty supply stores

According to Nielsen, Black women spend an estimated $7.5 billion annually on beauty products, and the Black hair care market is a $684 million industry.

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Disney Dreamers Academy marks 10 years of changing lives

Walt Disney World Resort welcomed 100 teens selected to participate in the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine last week for four days of inspiration and empowerment from Thursday through Sunday.

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New video reveals Michael Brown did not commit robbery

Recent surveillance footage released is shedding new light on the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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Students leave with life lessons and new perspective at Disney Dreamers Academy

Teens bid an emotional farewell at the commencement ceremony on the final day of the 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World on Sunday.

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