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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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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Wedding bells ring for Sharpton's eldest daughter

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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Longtime New Jersey activist Douglass Tucker passes away

Activist Douglass Tucker of Montclair, N.J., is being remembered for his work in civil rights and his volunteer work. He passed away last month from natural causes.

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JetBlue donates $10,000 to the Harlem Jets youth football league

JetBlue Airways recently surprised the Harlem Jets youth football team with a $10,000 donation to continue providing services to the city’s youngest football players.

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Community residents lead walking tour of vacant public property

Community residents, elected officials, homeless people, housing advocates and other stakeholders led a walking tour of East Harlem this week to highlight privately owned and publicly owned vacant buildings and lots that could be developed as permanently affordable housing.

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Domestic Terrorism: The Las Vegas massacre

Stephen Craig Paddock was a domestic terrorist whose shooting rampage killed 59 people and injured 530 others during a music festival in Las Vegas Sunday.

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