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 water crisis continues

Recent drinking water quality monitoring conducted by Newark’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities found elevated levels of lead in some homes and buildings served by the city’s water system.

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Angie Hancock loves to ‘Experience Harlem

Jazz venue Lenox Lounge, one of Harlem’s long-standing institutions, closed and was demolished in 2017 erasing another piece of uptown history.

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Apollo Theater raises over $2 million at Annual Spring Gala marking 85th anniversary

A host of celebrities and entertainers attended the Apollo Theater's 14th Annual Spring Gala Monday night.

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Black billionaire Robert F. Smith pays off Morehouse graduates’ school debts

Shock and praise continue after Black billionaire Robert F. Smith surprised the 400 students in Morehouse College’s class of 2019 by telling them that he would pay their student loans totaling an estimated $40 million.

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Bronx Deltas lend helping hand to high school students

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter recently gave local students a leg up for their college aspirations with two special events.

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Pilot program aims to put more Black teachers in the classroom

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy establishes a pilot program within the Department of Education to recruit disadvantaged or minority men to teach in certain underperforming schools under an alternate route program.

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Community fundraises for family after deadly Harlem fire

Tens of thousands of dollars in donations pour in a week after six people, including four children, were killed in an apartment fire in Harlem.

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Investing in the community and knowledge

Power couple Corey and Tamara Galloway are transforming East New York and Brownsville by investing in the Brooklyn communities.

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Audit uncovers ASC’s shortcomings

A new audit reveals scathing evidence that the city’s Administration of Children’s Services is lacking when it comes to placing children in foster care and could be putting children in danger.

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Dr. Hasna Muhammad: Living the legacy of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Dr. Hasna Muhammad describes growing up as one of the children of late acting and civil rights legends Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis as “ordinary and extraordinary.”

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