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 woman running for freeholder in Atlantic County

Black female Democratic candidate Ashley Bennett, 32, said she was inspired to run for freeholder in Atlantic County’s 3rd District after Republican incumbent John Carman posted a sexist statement about this year’s Women’s March.

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Women firefighters at historic highs in the FDNY

Four new women become FDNY firefighters this week and they all have one special thing in common—they are all mothers. Krysteena Corbett-Terryl, Jacqueline Reno, Melisa Ritchie and Lisa Snyder walked across the FDNY graduation stage Wednesday to earn a huge accomplishment.

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Council Member Jumaane Williams introduces reproductive rights bill

Council Member Jumaane Williams introduced a bill this week that seeks to ensure protections against employment discrimination based on reproductive health care decisions.

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Bronx teen accused of stabbing classmate indicted on manslaughter charges

Matthew McCree is dead and Abel Cedeno is alive; however, that didn’t stop a grand jury from downgrading Cedeno’s murder charge to manslaughter. His supporters call the new indictment a “victory.”

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Tamika Mallory incident reignites conversation on ‘flying while Black’

Activist Tamika Mallory’s account of what happened to her on Sunday when she was booted off of an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York went viral getting hundreds of thousands of views.

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PHOTOS: The Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter, Dominique gets married

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s eldest daughter, Dominique, marries Dr. Marcus Alan Bright during a ceremony at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens.

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Slain high schooler laid to rest

Candles and photos of 15-year-old Matthew McCree are still visible in the backyard of his apartment building on Mapes Avenue in the Bronx.

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Report: One in 10 city school students are homeless

More than 104,000 students were identified as homeless by NYS school districts and charter schools according to a report by New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students.

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Black woman told her hair ‘too urban’ for work at Banana Republic

A manager at a Banana Republic in New York has been fired for sending an employee home because her braids were too “urban.”

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Black high school football player files discrimination suit

A Black former high school football player is reportedly filing a $1 million lawsuit against Lenape High School in Medford, N.J., according to reports.

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