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.
Officials in Newark are taking strong measures to address the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after reporting this week that the City had more cases than all other municipalities in Essex County combined.
While temperatures are cooling down, violence in the city remains a major issue, which is evident by the string of shootings that have occurred in recent weeks.
As efforts move forward to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the city, officials are warning that hospitalizations could see an increase as closures in some neighborhoods are being met with resistance.
The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact those who are behind bars, and criminal justice advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is to blame.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is joining the chorus about the MTA being cash-strapped and in need of help from the federal government to avoid lasting damage.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of hunger to the forefront as many New Yorkers are battling with food insecurity.
In what was once considered the nation’s epicenter for lowering COVID-19 cases, New York is now seeing an uptick in some parts of the city and state and that is bringing shutdowns and closures.
The death of Black man found hanging from a tree in Morris County has been ruled a suicide by a prosecutor.
After nearly six months of waiting, the family of Breonna Taylor learned that the three white police officers involved in her killing will not face charges.
A federal judge rules that the 2020 U.S. Census can keep going through Oct. 31 giving everyone an extra month to be counted while the U.S. Census says the count will end on Oct. 5