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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Dennis Parker continues legacy of fighting for civil rights

Dennis Parker was nine years old when his family was on a road trip to Massachusetts in the 1960s when they stopped at a motel that appeared to have vacancies.

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Rutgers dedicates plaza to Paul Robeson

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of Paul Robeson, Rutgers University dedicated a plaza named for the Black singer, actor, social activist, lawyer, athlete Friday, April 12, to honor his legacy.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker introduces bill to study reparations

U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker announced this week he will introduce a bill to form a commission for the study of reparation proposals for African-Americans.

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Black NJ principal dies after donating bone marrow

Students and faculty are mourning the death of beloved Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson after he donated bone marrow to a stranger. He was 44.

Measles outbreak causes health hysteria

The nation’s largest measles outbreak in nearly two decades continues with the latest outbreak in New York City causing Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a public health emergency.

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National Action Network kicks off national convention

The National Action Network (NAN) kicks off its 28th annual national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Wednesday, April 3—the event runs through Saturday, April 6.

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AG James sues opioid distributors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between June 2017 and June 2018, a record 31,500 people in the United States died from synthetic opioid overdoses.

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Former Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson passes at 86

Kenneth Gibson not only made history being elected Newark’s first Black mayor in 1970, he was also the first African-American elected mayor of any major city in the Northeastern United States and the first African-American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Gibson died in West Orange, N.J., on March 29 from illness.

State leaders advocate marijuana legalization and expungement legislation

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign promise to legalize marijuana in the Garden State received a major setback this week.

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National Action Network hosts 26th annual convention April 3-6

The National Action Network is hosting their 26th national convention April 26 through 29 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel.

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