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.
Proponents claim gun buybacks keep dangerous weapons off the street. They’re really just a flashy, performative and ineffective response to our current gun violence crisis.
After dating the love of my life for more than seven years, I was convinced marriage wouldn’t hit that differently. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Our politics-as-usual took a big hit on Monday when Dougherty, the powerful labor leader, and Henon, the City Councilmember, were found guilty on most charges of conspiracy.
Turnout was dismal in an election with big implications for the courts and bigger implications for 2022 . If Democrats want to retain any of the power they gained last year, they’d better start shaking the table, now.
Amid the outcry over the comedian’s transphobic comedy, consider the case of Philadelphia’s Christian Smith, who prosecutors say killed his stepfather after an argument about a gay person.
Police fed the press a story that Philadelphians lack humanity and courage. It’s not the first time they’ve lied to us, but it should be the last time we take their initial reports as truth.
This town struggles with the same imposter syndrome I once had to overcome. If it bet on itself, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection would be unstoppable.
Labor boss John J. Dougherty is finally in court after being charged in a federal bribery and corruption case along with Councilmember Bobby Henon. Guilty or not, no one man should have all that power.
This summer’s big music festivals weren’t the epic super-spreader events many armchair experts predicted, thanks to the enforcement of vaccination and testing mandates. We should acknowledge scientific breakthroughs and not be such Debbie Downers.
The new police contract means taxpayers are about to pay even more for bad policing.
Fear, not misinformation, is why some people around me aren’t getting vaccinated, and no factual counter-argument is going to change that. So I’m going to stop fighting them on it, keep my distance, and leave it to the experts.
We called every guest and asked about their vaccination status. It led to some painful conversations — and some progress.
Those complaining about personal freedom being suppressed by new COVID rules are ignoring one thing: The very restrictions they loathe are here to keep them alive.
The rise in cases caused by the Delta variant could be halted if we stopped coddling the source of the problem. More institutions should follow the lead of the Philly restaurants refusing service to those who won’t get vaxxed.