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Ernest Owens

Writer at Large, Politics

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

The Big Winners and Losers in Philadelphia’s 2024 Primary Election

It was another surprising race: True-blue Democrats and Black queer candidates won, while progressives and a seeming shoe-in lost.

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The No B.S. Guide to the 2024 Pennsylvania Primary

Did the primary sneak up on you this year? Fear not! From Congress to a very-crowded attorney general race, we’ve got everything you need to know to make your vote count in Tuesday’s election.

City Life

An Optimist’s Guide to Philadelphia

From crime to trash to the economy, there are thousands of reasons to feel bullish about the future of our amazing city.

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10 Philly Voices That Give Us Hope for the Future of City Politics

After so much politics-as-usual, the tide feels like it could be turning, thanks to a group of politicians, activists, and community advocates, some new and some simply bringing new energy.

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It’s Not “Executive Privilege” When Black Professionals Assert Their Titles for Survival

This is what I heard when I heard Celena Morrison yell, “I work for the mayor!”

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5 Big Predictions for Philly Politics in 2024

Politics-as-usual in Philadelphia is about to get turned upside down. Here are the stories that will dominate the year ahead.

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My Ride-Along With the Police Commissioner

We spent an evening in a squad car with interim commish John Stanford Jr., the man who thinks he’s got the best plan to secure our streets.

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The Winners and Losers in Philadelphia’s 2023 General Election

In a history-making race, progressives, true-blue Democrats, and Black candidates won, while Republicans and the establishment lost.

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The No-B.S. Guide to the 2023 General Election in Philadelphia

From the historic mayor’s race to a potential Council shake-up to the state Supreme Court, here’s everything you need to know for Tuesday’s election.

John Fetterman who is endorsing Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O'Rourke, candidates for Philadelphia City Council and members of the Working Families Party
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Fetterman Is Backing Brooks and O’Rourke for City Council

The move — endorsing two third-party candidates — could further erode Republican power in the city.

City Life

Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour Is the Spiritual Revival America Needs Right Now

The superstar’s nearly three-hour tour de force couldn’t have arrived at a more urgent time when her Black and queer muses are under attack.

City Life

I-95 Rebuild Was Local Politics at Its Best

Now let’s bring that energy to some of the city’s other big, pressing issues.

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Philly’s Keir Bradford-Grey is Running for Attorney General

She would be the first woman of color to win the office in Pennsylvania. Here’s why she thinks she’s the best person for the job.

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Four Major Takeaways From the City’s $6.2 Billion Budget Deal

There were winners. There were losers. And the next mayor is set up to do some really big things.

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New Committee of Seventy CEO Lauren Cristella on Her Historic Appointment and Takeaways From the Primary

We chat with her about making history, what went wrong with that independent Democratic mayoral candidate poll, and how her organization is gearing voters up for 2024.