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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College admissions scam highlights diversity at elite colleges

The college admission bribery scandal that’s rocking several of the nation’s top schools and resulted in dozens of people being arrested by the FBI is putting a spotlight on the lack of opportunities for Black students in higher education.

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Black Verizon employee alleges co-workers placed noose over her desk in Morristown

A Black woman working at Verizon’s Morristown, N.J. office is alleging that a noose was left on her desk by her co-workers, according to reports.

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Meet the Disney Dreamers: Local students head to Disney World for inspiring trip

Eleven local high school students from New York and New Jersey are preparing for the 12th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine March 21-24 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

NJ lawmakers announce agreement on broad outlines of legalization of adult-use marijuana

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon in New Jersey, several politicians laid out plans for regulating the use of the drug.

First phase of lead service replacement program breaks ground in Newark

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe and other dignitaries broke ground on Phase 1 of the Lead Service Line Replacement Program Wednesday, March 13, in Newark’s North Ward.

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Lack of charges for officers in Stephon Clark police killing sparks outrage

Outrage continues in Sacramento, Calif., after the county district attorney did not charge the two police officers involved in the 2018 killing of Black, unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark.

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Bronx students learn about real estate in mock development competition

Approximately 60 students from the Bronx recently completed a competition where they showed off what they learned in a real estate based education program and got the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of judges that included Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and baseball legend Alex Rodriguez.

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Black clergy, civil rights leaders and lawmakers announce hearings regarding use of force by police

Salvation and Social Justice and The NJ Black Multi-faith Alliance, in conjunction with the State Conference NAACP, NJ Black Legislative Caucus and various organizations from the United Black Agenda, are holding community hearings regarding the findings in the recent “Force Report.”

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Penns Grove middle school teacher accused of using racial slur

A Penns Grove middle school science teacher is suspended over allegations that he called Black students at the school the n-word.

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Black History Month celebrated with town hall meeting in Staten Island

Black community leaders in Staten Island came together Saturday, Feb. 23, for the 14th annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting in Stapleton. Leaders from various groups discussed emerging Black leaders in Staten Island’s Black community.

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