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.
The city’s Office of LGBT Affairs is looking for its third director in three years. Without more independence — and more resources — it’s doomed to revolving-door leadership.
It’s laughable to compare a national Democratic-Socialist standard-bearer to an establishment-backed Democrat in a city that has yet to truly embrace radical policies.
Older crowds, snobby vibes, and the dearth of large outdoor venues hosting in the heart of the city made me miss the untamed Wednesday nights gone by.
Gun violence rates are again rising in poor Black communities. That’s not a coincidence, but a predictable consequence of our city’s failure to fundamentally address inequality.
Despite a petition with more than 17,000 signatures and a heated local commissioners meeting, the Pride Day event at the Haverford Township Library will go on as scheduled on Saturday.
The only way the Philadelphia Police Department can demonstrate zero tolerance for bigotry is by firing those who have clearly shown they don’t understand the meaning of “protect and serve.”
The Council president’s office thinks that diversifying the faces behind rapid gentrification in his district supports “minority participation in redevelopment and commercial activity.” He is long overdue for a reality check.
Black women winning big, union endorsements carrying weight, and a bad day for (some) incumbents were among the highlights of an eventful election.
Barring the unexpected, Katherine Gilmore Richardson and Isaiah Thomas will be the first millennials elected to serve on City Council come November.
Gordon ousted a politically well-connected opponent who has served in the position since 1980.
The stunning upset means that for the first time in 45 years, a member of the Blackwell family won’t hold the District 3 Council seat.
Blackwell, who is running for reelection in City Council’s District 3, has claimed that Abdul-Aliy Muhammad instigated a fight at a campaign event and “hit a cop in the face” during a protest.
I had the privilege of sitting among a group of women from all over the city weighing up the candidates like they were at a sporting event.
"Rather than spread lies about me and my campaign, Councilwoman Blackwell should address the serious concerns residents have," says her primary opponent, Jamie Gauthier.
Without a plan to combat barriers to access to capital for Black businesses, the generational wealth gap plaguing the largest racial demographic in the city will never close.