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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COVID-19 pandemic leads to rise in rental scams

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating uncertainty as eviction moratoriums come to an end, officials are warning renters about the uptick in rental scams targeted at New Yorkers desperately looking for affordable housing.

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From classroom to Congress: Jamaal Bowman ready to take on Washington

Last month, Congressman-elect Jamaal Bowman beat 30-year incumbent Congressman Eliot Engel during the primary election to represent New York’s 16th District in Washington.

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Black Lives Matter mural vandalized

Just like clockwork, several Black Lives Matter street murals across the city are being subjected to vandalism. Some of the suspects, however, might surprise many.

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Activists commemorate anniversary of 1967 Newark Uprising

On Sunday, activists in Newark came together to commemorate 53 years since the 1967 Newark Uprising.

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As moratorium ends, evictions predicted to go up

As an economic crisis continues coupling with the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say that moratoriums on evictions are expiring soon which will lead to mass numbers of people who won’t have a place to live.

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Blood on the streets: rise in violence raises serious questions

While the Fourth of July weekend was dominated by the sound of illegal fireworks, the sound of gunshots was also in the atmosphere as New York experienced one of its most violent weekends.

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Strange Fruit 2020: Black bodies found hanging from trees

As America has its reckoning with racism in the aftermath of the police killing of Black, unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests continue to fight against racial injustices.

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Newark’s Summer Youth Employment program gets creative

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Newark’s 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program launched this week.

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NY takes steps to keep COVID out

As COVID-19 cases make a sharp rise in states south of the Mason-Dixie line, New York is taking several measures to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen here.

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New Jersey outlines guidelines for reopening schools

New Jersey state officials released “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” to assist schools with reopening in the fall.

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