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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Newark officials crack down on chronic school absenteeism

According to a report released last year by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, nearly half of Newark’s high school students were chronically absent during the 2015-16 school year.

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Food insecurity continues to plague thousands of New Yorkers

Proposed federal cuts to food aid, the upcoming summer months and the crushing hammer of gentrification is a recipe for disaster when it comes to hunger in the city.

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First Black superintendent appointed in Montclair

First Black superintendent appointed in Montclair

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Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

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Fallout continues after Black men are harassed at LA Fitness in Secaucus

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Starbucks calling the police on two Black men who were waiting for friend at a location in Philadelphia, gym chain LA Fitness is in the spotlight in a similar whirlwind.

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Beyoncé donates to several HBCUs

As the world continues to talk about Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s jaw-dropping performance at Coachella, four historically Black colleges and universities are getting a big gift from the superstar.

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Waiting while Black: Racial incident at Starbucks sparks outrage

Fallout continues after two Black men were arrested for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks. Calls for a boycott of the chain coffee shop persist as the company announces plans to close thousands of stores for racial bias training.

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National Action Network wraps up national convention

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, rapper Common and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris we among the big names that attended the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s 2018 National Convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel.

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New York’s jazz station goes beyond the airwaves

Walking through the halls of public radio jazz station WBGO 88.3 FM, it’s not hard to figure out why the nearly 40-year-old station is a epicenter of the American music genre aiming to keep dedicated jazz aficionados pleased along with getting the ears of new listeners.

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Sen. Cory Booker to give commencement address at Kean University

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is set to speak to more than 2,500 students and their families May 17 during Kean University’s Undergraduate Commencement at Newark’s Prudential Center.

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