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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Voter suppression tactics in full force as Election Day nears

The general election is less than two months away and reports of voter suppression tactics being used to prevent certain groups from casting their ballots are in full swing.

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Violence still on the rise as temperatures cool

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Juneteenth designated as state and public holiday in New Jersey

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation designating the third Friday in June of each year, Juneteenth Day.

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Fare hikes, service cuts on horizon for MTA unless federal funding comes through

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NYC Markets aims to create revenue stream that gives back

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Census campaign in overdrive in Newark to prevent undercount

Officials in Newark are in high gear to get residents to fill out the 2020 Census.

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Fabiana Pierre-Louis becomes first Black woman to serve on NJ State Supreme Court

Fabiana Pierre-Louis makes history becoming the first Black woman to serve on the New Jersey State Supreme Court.

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Over 1,000 shootings in 2020

The surge in violence rages on as conflicts over crime and policing happen in the backdrop. Anti-violence leaders are also preparing for the long Labor Day holiday weekend they believe will leave blood in the streets.

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Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. wants payments protected during COVID-19 pandemic

New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. wants stores to continue to honor cash as a form of payment during the current coronavirus public health crisis.

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Jacob Blake: Nation outraged after police shoot unarmed Black man in Wisconsin

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