Writer 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.
Current efforts by law enforcement to force the city’s most vulnerable residents from the Parkway are starting to feel like a recipe for disaster — and hark back to one of Philadelphia’s darkest days.
The city’s leading department on addressing gun violence has become a detriment to tackling this public health crisis.
To be caught eating indoors at out-of-state restaurants is a slap in the face to Philadelphia restaurants and diners.
Why it’s time to stop using fear as a tactic to drive your friends and neighbors to the polls in November.
As the Democratic National Convention kicks off, Black voters shouldn’t be the only ones being pressured to vote in November. White Democrats, you need to do better this time.
The digital divide is one thing, but socioeconomic pressures highlighted and intensified by the pandemic are creating new hurdles for the most marginalized students.
Mayor Kenney’s recent decision to promote Tumar Alexander to acting managing director continues an annoying pattern in which Black people are summoned in times of political desperation.
Recent controversies involving Black public figures and anti-Semitism show how a lack of intersectionality in combating such bigotry has furthered its vitriol.
As the nation reckons with its racist past, we wanted to know what Philadelphia’s Black community would consider real, substantive progress and change.
“Is Fox 29 Turning Into Fox News?” Inside Allegations of an “Extremely Conservative” Newsroom Culture
Several former and current employees at Fox 29 allege that the station’s newsroom is run by “toxic, super-white, and Trump-apologizing management.”
They’ve marched in Center City and South Philly, on 52nd Street and in Fishtown. And they’re changing the world.
Ken Rothweiler accuses the local TV station of “blackballing” him.
We’re at a point in this deadly pandemic where those of us who are determined to stay safe can no longer waste our energy trying to save those who clearly couldn’t care less.
Kenney has proven throughout his tenure that he is ill-equipped to address the racial inequities impacting Philadelphia. But now, after he was forced to admit the city’s wrongdoing in tear-gassing its citizens, there should be zero confidence in his leadership.
Incremental changes have begun to tear at the fabric of policing in America. Yet there are many ways we continue to glorify this troubled institution.