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 taking strong measures to control COVID-19 spike

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.

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Violence continues amid cooler temperatures

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.

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Plan to control COVID cases in hotspots met with resistance

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.

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Advocates say COVID-19 dangers continue to plague state prisons

The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact those who are behind bars, and criminal justice advocates say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is to blame.

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State comptroller pleads MTA’s case

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.

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Harlem-based company providing meals for local students during hunger crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of hunger to the forefront as many New Yorkers are battling with food insecurity.

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COVID cases rise in part of the city

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.

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Prosecutor rules hanging death of Black man in Morris County a suicide

The death of Black man found hanging from a tree in Morris County has been ruled a suicide by a prosecutor.

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Protests erupt after grand jury fails to indict officers in Breonna Taylor killing

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.

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Officials push for Census response as deadline remains unclear

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

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