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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New Jersey demands justice for George Floyd

Thousands of people took to the streets of Newark on Saturday to protest the recent police killing of George Floyd

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Will schools reopen in September?

As areas around New York City enter the first phases of reopening, many in the city are wondering if public schools will be able to open in the fall.

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Baraka urging business owners and employees to get tested for COVID-19

As New Jersey continues taking more steps toward a full reopening, businesses have been open for curbside and in-store pickup per Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent implementation of a phased reopening.

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Protest march held in Newark for Ahmaud Arbery

The activist group People’s Organization for Progress (P.O.P.) held a protest in Newark at the Lincoln Monument in response to the shooting death of the unarmed 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA

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Could MIS-C change the way NYC educates?

A COVID-19 linked illness impacting children could have an impact on education in the fall.

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State rolls out mass testing in NYC’s Black neighborhoods

In an effort to make testing more accessible to Black New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cumo expanded COVID-19 testing to 24 churches in mostly Black neighborhoods in the New York-metro.

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New Jersey starts to re-open for business

Taking the first steps to reopening, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is helping to bring New York State back

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic by the horns and keeping her citizens safe.

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Jonnel Doris named city’s commissioner for Small Business Services

As business owners seek help on how to bounce back, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the appointment of Jonnel Doris to serve as the commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services.

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Ahmaud Arbery killing sparks outrage

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the infamous American tradition of unarmed Black men being killed is still making its way to the forefront of society.

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