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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Metro Briefs 10/16-10/22


Eva’s charter school scheme

Last Thursday, thousands of parents, teachers and students gathered in Foley Square in lower Manhattan for what is believed to be one of the largest rallies for charter schools the city has seen.

Report: Black girls falling victim to systemic barriers in education

The report, “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity,” outlines what are sometimes insurmountable barriers to staying in school and how poor educational outcomes result in limited job opportunities, lower lifetime earnings and increased risk of economic insecurity for African-American women.

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Metro Briefs 9/11 - 9/17

A roundup of news around the city.

Fundraiser for East Harlem explosion

Several Harlem community leaders are hosting a fundraiser event for the victims of the East Harlem gas explosion that killed eight people.

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Obama gets positive reaction for aggressive stance

President Barack Obama’s most vocal State of the Union address since he took office, reaction to his plans to move forward with or without Congress is getting much praise.

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Red Lobster opens in Harlem

The long-awaited Red Lobster in Harlem is open.

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New York’s ‘Mecca’ for diversity

The newly appointed chief diversity officer for New York state, Mecca E. Santana, said that she wants to continue the success of the state’s minority- and women-owned businesses enterprises (MWBEs) programs and make sure they are getting their fair share. Santana is tasked with reforming and strengthening the state’s programs and efforts to encourage the growth of MWBEs. Santana took the position in September and performs many important tasks, including advising Gov. Andrew Cuomo on policies relating to workforce diversity.

The Doe Fund’s CORE program gives young men hope

The Doe Fund began its Creating Opportunity Reinforcing Education (CORE) program earlier this year after the organization saw a spike in young men coming to the organization. The program gives homeless men between the ages of 18 and 26 a shelter and pays them to earn their GED.

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Teaching America how to teach

From Harlem to the White House, Joiselle Cunningham has spent years shaping the lives of students as a top-notch teacher who was given the privilege to share her talent with the hopes of making change in how America educates.

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