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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Appeal to landlords continues as April starts and rent is due

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, rent for millions of New Yorkers is due this week. However, due to mass job losses, some renters are coming up empty-handed.

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Some parents and students struggling with remote learning

As schools citywide are slated for closure for the remainder of the academic year, some parents are struggling with mandated remote learning––with many not even having the proper tools to help students.

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COVID-19 behind bars

The contraction rate of coronavirus on Rikers Island is seven times higher than the rest of New York City. Even though Mayor Bill de Blasio released 300 Rikers Island inmates from the city’s jails in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some say it’s not enough.

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Should landlords suspend rent during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a major impact on the economy with small businesses closing and companies laying off workers.

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Murphy announces social distancing measures to quell spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed an executive order implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.

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Should NYC public schools shut down? Politicians and advocates say 'yes'

Amid the growing outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), questions linger if New York City public schools should close to quell the spread.

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Panic Pandemic: About 6.5% of those infected will require hospitalization and/or intensive care

In order for the coronavirus (COVID-19) to stop spreading, about 75% of the population needs to have an antibody either through infection or vaccination.

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Virus K.O.'s confab: Rev. Jesse Jackson stops by AmNews to talk Wall Street Project

The New York Amsterdam News sits down for an interview with civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson

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Fire destroys historic Black church in Elizabeth

A fire tore through an Elizabeth, New Jersey church overnight into Sunday morning, according to officials.

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Filmmaker says 'Hair Love' Oscar win has deep meaning

The six-minute feature Hair Love takes home gold at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday winning for Best Animated Short Film

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