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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The Rev. Jesse Jackson to host Wall Street Project Economic Summit

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Social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter to receive honorary degrees from Rutgers

The Rutgers University Board of Governors announced that social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts and jazz legend Wayne Shorter will receive honorary degrees at the Rutgers-Newark Commencement ceremony.

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Calls for Virginia governor to step down grow amid blackface controversy

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Eleven-year-old prodigy studies physics at Southern University

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Seneca Village: Black history in Central Park

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Black History Month 2019: Black Migrations

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced the theme for Black History Month 2019 is Black Migrations, focusing on the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

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Four shot during vigil in Newark

A Newark community is shaken after four teenage girls were shot during a vigil, leaving one of the victims fighting for her life after being shot in the head.

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2020 presidential election: Who can beat Trump?

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Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club hosts their 43rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

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