Ernest Owens

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.


Black People Have Spent Centuries in “Service.” They Should Take Off on MLK Day.

The only federal holiday that even obliquely recognizes what this country has done and continues to do to its Black citizens should be a time for us to observe, reflect, and celebrate — not to perform more free labor.

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10 Bold Predictions for Philly Politics in 2020

Finally, a year when politics as usual … aren’t.


Exit Interview: City Council Veteran Blondell Reynolds Brown

Having just left Council chambers for the last time, the five-term pol answers all of our final questions — even the one about having dated a particular U.S. Congressman.


Stop Telling Black People the Mummers Parade Is Racist. Do Something About It.

The most infuriating thing about another year of Mummers in blackface is the predictable outrage from “woke” white people. My response: What are you actually going to do this time?


Facing Charges, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell Says She Will Resign

“I intend to accept responsibility for any wrongdoings that I have done before I took office,” says the longtime community advocate, who served for less than a year. 


Philly Dems Should Take Note of the GOP’s Bold Choice for Party Leader

City Republicans just elected 31-year-old state Rep. Martina White as their party chair. What’s it going to take for the Democrats to dislodge Bob Brady, who’s held his party’s role longer than White has been alive?

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Win or Lose, Comcast Is on the Wrong Side of History in Supreme Court Case

The cable giant’s fight against media mogul Byron Allen’s racial-discrimination lawsuit could undermine bedrock civil rights protections.


Two Incoming City Council Members Are Endorsing Elizabeth Warren for President

Isaiah Thomas and Jamie Gauthier join Mayor Kenney and DA Larry Krasner in supporting the Massachusetts senator.


What the Working Families Party’s Historic Win Means for Philly Politics

Community organizer Kendra Brooks became the first third-party candidate to win a City Council at-large seat in the modern era. Is this the beginning of the end for Philly’s two-party system?

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By Endorsing Third-Party Candidates, Philly Democrats Have Lit a Fuse Under Their Own House

Several prominent elected Democrats are supporting Working Families Party candidates for City Council at Large because they want to oust Republicans. But where do they think those votes are going to come from?

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There Goes the Gayborhood

Rapid social change and Midtown Village development are encroaching on Philadelphia’s LGBTQ mecca.


Temple Students, Let That HBCU Comparison Die

Pretending that a predominantly white institution is “HBCU-ish” gets you nowhere. But you can leverage your own unique situation in a city that’s a majority of color to make things better for the surrounding community.

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Progressives, Your Support for Safe Injection Sites Is “White Lives Matter” by Another Name

Backing efforts to end America’s opioid epidemic is noble, but you need to think through why people of color who have endured similar atrocities aren’t automatically standing with you.


Working Families Party Candidates For City Council Deserve To Lose On Principle

Running as an independent in this town should mean more than just beating Republicans. It should also mean teaching Democrats a lesson.


When It Comes to City Contracts in Philly, White Privilege Wins

When a minority-owned city contractor broke lobbying rules last year, it was banned from bidding again. Guess what happened when a white-owned firm did the same thing?