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.
Activists in New Jersey continue to hit the streets in the wake of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ win. At the same time, they are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s lack of acknowledgment over losing the 2020 presidential election.
November 15-22 is National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week and as COVID-19 continues to impact the economy, more people are finding themselves homeless and/or without food while those already destitute prior to the pandemic are worse off.
The second wave of COVID-19 has started in the city, according to health experts. The rising number of cases is bringing the city closer to a possible shutdown with fears that things could get worse after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The 2016 police shooting death of Black 66-year-old Deborah Danner, who was schizophrenic, rang the alarm on how the NYPD handles people with mental illness.
City health officials report that the COVID-19 positivity level in the city has been higher in recent days. The city surpassed its seven-day average of 550 cases with 795 cases.
According to New Jersey health officials, the positivity rate for all COVID-19 tests recorded in the state as of Nov. 5 was 7.52%. The increase in cases in New Jersey prompted Gov. Phil Murphy to enforce new strict mitigation measures to stop the spread.
The election of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris brings several firsts for the office. Harris is the first woman, first African American, first Caribbean American, first Asian American and first graduate of an historically Black college or university to be elected U.S. vice president.
During the General Election New Jerseyans voted to legalize marijuana. The measure was approved taking nearly 67% of the vote.
Officials in Newark are taking strong measures to address the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after reporting this week that the City had more cases than all other municipalities in Essex County combined.
While temperatures are cooling down, violence in the city remains a major issue, which is evident by the string of shootings that have occurred in recent weeks.