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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Women accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is embroiled in a major scandal as three women allege he sexually harassed them

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Crisis in Texas: Winter storm leaves lasting impact

Residents in Houston are still dealing with the aftermath of a rare winter storm and low temperatures that hit the area last week.

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COVID cases continue to decline as vaccine megasites open in Brooklyn and Queens

America reaches a grim milestone this week in the COVID-19 pandemic as 500,000 people have died from the virus. In New York City, nearly 29,000 people have died.

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Marijuana legalized and decriminalized in NJ

New Jersey becomes the 13th state to legalize marijuana as Gov. Phil Murphy signs the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” into law

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Attorney and author Lawrence Otis Graham dies, age 59

Lawrence Otis Graham was best known as an attorney and bestselling author.

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As tax season kicks off, NYC Free Tax Prep is ready

It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic is also impacting the 2021 tax season. Local officials are getting the word out about free virtual tax services available and warning filers to be on the lookout for scams.

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LANDMARK WIN: Brooklyn Underground Railroad house saved

After 17 years of struggle and fighting, 227 Abolitionist Place (formerly Duffield Street) in Downtown Brooklyn, an historic site in the abolition of slavery, has been saved as it became a city landmark.

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In-person learning expanded, indoor dining reopens as COVID cases go down

A decline in COVID-19 cases in the city is making way for the reopening of indoor dining and putting middle school students back in the classroom.

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Correction officers charged for alleged assault at women’s prison

Last week, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced criminal charges against three suspended correctional police officers for their alleged roles in an incident where inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clifton in January.

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Violent arrest and pepper-spraying of 9-year-old girl causes national outrage

The recent brutal arrest and pepper-spraying of a 9-year-old Black girl in Rochester, N.Y. caught on video is causing national outrage and major changes in policing.

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