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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Black billionaire Robert F. Smith pays off Morehouse graduates’ school debts

Shock and praise continue after Black billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the 400 students in Morehouse College’s class of 2019 by telling them that he would pay their student loans totaling an estimated $40 million.

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Bronx Deltas lend helping hand to high school students

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter recently gave local students a leg up for their college aspirations with two special events.

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Pilot program aims to put more Black teachers in the classroom

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy establishes a pilot program within the Department of Education to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain underperforming schools under an alternate route program.

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Community fundraises for family after deadly Harlem fire

Tens of thousands of dollars in donations pour in a week after six people, including four children, were killed in an apartment fire in Harlem.

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Investing in the community and knowledge

Power couple Corey and Tamara Galloway are transforming East New York and Brownsville by investing in the Brooklyn communities.

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Audit uncovers ASC’s shortcomings

A new audit reveals scathing evidence that the city’s Administration of Children’s Services is lacking when it comes to placing children in foster care and could be putting children in danger.

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Dr. Hasna Muhammad: Living the legacy of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Dr. Hasna Muhammad describes growing up as one of the children of late acting and civil rights legends Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis as “ordinary and extraordinary.”

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Howard University stands strong as neighborhood gentrifies

The historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., is known as the “Mecca” of HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities), however, headlines about the school in recent months have concentrated on the effects gentrification is having on the once mostly Black neighborhood where the school sits.

Jersey City Board of Education files lawsuit against state amid cuts to funding

Massive layoffs, the elimination of extra-curricular activities and after-school programs, and the closure and consolidation of several schools are the things that could disappear because of state funding cuts, according to officials from Jersey City Board of Education.

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REPORTS: Possible African burial ground found in Bergen County

The discovery of what could be an African burial ground is creating buzz in New Millford in Bergen County.

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