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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Harriet Tubman museum opening in Cape May on Juneteenth 2020

As the biopic “Harriet” continues to blaze the box office, reports indicate that the museum honoring the abolitionist and political activist is set to open in the South Jersey city of Cape May in June 19, 2020.

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Proposed legislation would create reparations task force

New Jersey was the last state in the U.S. north to abolish slavery in 1804; however, many slaves were held in bondage until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.

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Overpolicing in the MTA

Crackdowns on turnstile jumping, arrests of food vendors and officers attacking civilians.

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Former police officer gets 12 years in Anthony Hill killing

A former Georgia police officer was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for the killing of a mentally ill, unarmed and naked Black man in 2015.

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New Jersey AG and DEP file lawsuits targeting polluters in state’s low-income and minority communities

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe recently filed six new enforcement actions targeting polluters in minority and lower-income communities across the Garden State.

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Fallout continues for ArtShack Brooklyn

Even with the apologies and the resignation of the offender from her place of business, the community isn’t letting up after a white Brooklyn resident posted racially offensive Halloween decorations.

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One in 10 NYC public school students are homeless

As homelessness continues to be a top issue in the city, a recent report places the attention on the number of homeless public school children.

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Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair touring New Jersey in November

The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week is holding fairs in New Jersey Nov. 16-22 at five locations.

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Early voting begins in NYC

Early voting is now in New York and over the next week starting on Saturday, Oct. 26. Voters can go to a designated site and cast their ballot before Election Day on Nov. 5.

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New rent laws protect tenants from predatory practices

New York City launched a campaign on new tenant protections Monday.

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