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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COPS KILL AGAIN: Two fatal police shootings spark nationwide outrage

Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla. and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. are the latest men added to list of Black men who have been killed by police, sending shockwaves across the nation and furthering the rift between police and the community.

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Academic program launched for youth dropouts in Newark

A new program has been launched in Newark to ensure that out-of-school youth remain off the streets, complete their high school educations and get good jobs.

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Day of action in Newark for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al-Amin

Supporters and organizers are coming together for a National Day of Action for political prisoner Imam Jamil Al- Amin Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at 84 Clinton Place in Newark.

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Metropolitan College opens South Bronx Cmapus

Metropolitan College of New York officially opened its new Bronx campus on East 149th Street, moving from its previous location on Courtlandt Avenue. The new campus is the anchor of Triangle Plaza Hub, a mixed commercial project.

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New York State Office of Mental Health announces statewide suicide prevention plan

The New York State Office of Mental Health recently announced the release of a plan for suicide prevention, aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate.

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Traci Lester putting her best foot forward at the National Dance Institute

Newly hired executive director of the National Dance Institute, Traci Lester, wraps up her first week in her new position. In an interview with the AmNews, she said she’s looking to expand the nonprofit’s reach to give more access to the arts to city youth.

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Gov. Chris Christie vetoes $15 minimum wage bill in NJ

The Fight for $15 movement suffered a blow in New Jersey as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage in the Garden State.

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Bronx street renamed after late Assemblyman Samuel Bea Jr.

Friends, family members and elected officials gathered Wednesday at the corner of Ely Street and Strang Avenue in the Bronx, to rename the intersection “Honorable Samuel Bea Jr. Way,” in memory of the state lawmaker who is best known for his 30 years of service as district manager of Community Board 12.

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National Dance Institute announces new executive director

Former education, nonprofit and human services executive Traci Lester is assuming the role as executive director of the Harlem-based National Dance Institute. She began her new position this week.

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Father mourns son on 9/11

Clyde Frazier Sr. last spoke to his son, Clyde Frazier Jr. Sept., 10, 2001. At the time, he didn’t know that would be the last time he would speak to his son.

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