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Ernest Owens

Editor at Large

Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. As an openly gay black journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture.

City Life

Philly Politicians Are Condemning Derek Chauvin. Why Are They Silent on Local Police Brutality?

As our leaders weigh in on the Minneapolis court case, too little has been said about new charges of police abuse here last summer.

City Life

My Vaccination Card Makes Me Feel Like a VIP

No, it’s not quite a Golden Ticket. But a month of being fully vaccinated has made me feel like a first-class citizen in ways I’ve never experienced before.

City Life

Why Is Larry Krasner Still Tight With Shaun King?

Voters should be concerned that our self-proclaimed progressive DA is chasing the national spotlight with the help of an infamous figure who’s been accused of grifting and targeting activists.

City Life

The Pandemic Made Me Realize I Hate Everything About My Old Social Life

It’s been a year since COVID changed our world. These are the lockdown habits I’m not giving up, even after we return to “normal.”

City Life

The Black Doctors Consortium Is Totally Self-Funded. Imagine What It Could Do With City Support

Ala Stanford’s group has vaccinated thousands of Black Philadelphians on its own dime. Here are four ways the city could boost its heroic efforts.

City Life

Vaxathon Reveals There’s More to the Narrative About Black Americans and the COVID Vaccine

Yes, there is distrust of health care in the Black community, but Ala Stanford’s big Liacouras Center event proved that if you remove the barriers, people will get the shot.

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City Life

Kenney Must Do More Than “Acknowledge” Philly’s Gun-Violence Emergency

In a clumsy bit of political theater, the Mayor danced around Philadelphia’s current existential crisis. It’s an insult to Jamal Johnson, the man whose hunger strike made the city pay attention.

Philly police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who was the subject of threats by Peter Fratus, according to the FBI
City Life

Don’t Abuse Identity Politics to Defend Danielle Outlaw

The embattled police commissioner has doubled down on the controversial use of tear gas on innocent Black Lives Matter protesters. Why are some Black leaders now standing by her?

City Life

Why Is Philly In Such a Mess Right Now? Because Our Politicians Have Lost Their Souls

Remember when elected officials here used to curse each other out and literally fight in City Council? The current class of local politicians is what Ed Rendell would call “wusses.”

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New Report Makes It Crystal Clear: Kenney and Outlaw Both Must Resign for Violating Human Rights

Philadelphia can no longer claim to be a beacon of democracy, free speech and diversity if it continues to be governed by those who would breach those values. The Mayor and his police commissioner need to step down.

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I Took a COVID-19 Vaccine Selfie. Then the Questions Came Pouring In.

The response to one Instagram post shows just how much mistrust of the vaccine there is among the Black community. They’re concerns I shared — here’s why I got the shot anyway.

City Life

After Trump Insurrection, the Need for Newsroom Diversity Couldn’t Be More Obvious

The failed white supremacist coup was incited by the President, but it was enabled by those in the predominantly white media who spent years refusing to call his supporters what they are.

City Life

Philadelphia’s Homicide Rate Hit a Record High. Now Can We Get Serious About Defunding Police?

Pumping more money into policing isn’t working. In fact, recent events prove policing is beyond repair. It’s time to invest elsewhere.

City Life

2020 in Review: The People and Things I’m Grateful For in a Challenging Year

No one is sad to see 2020 go, but there were moments in this difficult year that showed us we’re stronger than our biggest setbacks.

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Black Americans Don’t Trust the COVID Vaccine. It’s Up to Doctors to Change That.

Generations of deception and neglect mean the U.S. health system has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to Black patient trust. With the coronavirus, there’s no time to lose.