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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Bergen County NAACP elects new president

Junius "Jeff" Carter of Englewood was elected as the new president of the NAACP Bergen County branch after the chapter’s former president Anthony Cureton was elected Bergen County Sheriff.

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Black girl commits suicide after racist bullying

An Alabama 9-year-old girl took her own life on Monday night, leaving her family in shock.

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When the water runs dry in public housing

A 20-second video posted to Twitter Tuesday morning by Public Housing Communities, Inc. founder and CEO Charlene Nimmons shows her turning on her kitchen faucet in Wyckoff Gardens in Brooklyn and no water coming out.

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NYCHA’s holiday nightmare

“When will it end?” is the question New York City House Authority residents want to know as it appears major issues in public housing are now occurring on a daily basis.

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Hundreds of homeowners in NYC have been defrauded out of their homes

Hundreds of homeowners throughout New York City have been defrauded out of their homes. Now, elected officials are calling for a federal investigation into the matter, including whether a city program may be partly to blame.

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Cast of ‘Power’ distributes 6,000 turkeys in Newark, highlights hunger in NJ

The cast of the Starz series “Power” joined Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Believe in Newark Foundation to distribute more than 6,000 turkeys to residents Monday at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center.

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Son of Black activist killed in suspected lynching

The hanging of a 24-year-old Black man from a tree in Missouri has suspicions of lynching and a family demanding a more thorough investigation.

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Racist violence against Black women on rise?

Two hate crimes in the city in which Black women were the victims have the city on edge and are another reminder that rhetoric from the White House has a strong hold on American society.

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One in 10 NYC public school students are homeless

According to new data from Advocates for Children of New York, one in 10 public school children are homeless.

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Safety measures implemented at Horizon Juvenile Center

The city continues to look for long-term solutions for what to do to improve conditions at Horizon Juvenile Center in the South Bronx after news broke that 40 corrections officers were injured at the facility in recent weeks.

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