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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Rutgers University names Black president

Rutgers University has a new leader.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. celebrates centennial

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Activist mark five years since police killing of Jerame Reid

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East Orange hosting multi-location Kwanzaa celebration

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Legislation clarifies that discrimination based on hairstyles associated with race is illegal

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80-year-old woman graduates from HBCU with a 3.69 GPA

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Harlem stabbing raises question about treatment of teen suspects

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Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up the holidays

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Harriet Tubman museum opening in Cape May on Juneteenth 2020

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Proposed legislation would create reparations task force

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