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.

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Want Philly to Stop Being Written Off as “Killadelphia”? Get Serious About Poverty.

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.

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Drag Queen Storytime in Haverford Township Attracts National Opposition

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.

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Why Should Philly Cops Who Made Racist Facebook Posts Get a Second Chance?

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.”

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Darrell Clarke, Gentrification Is Gentrification — Even If the Developer Is Black

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.

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Shake-Ups and Sure Bets: Four Major Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary

Black women winning big, union endorsements carrying weight, and a bad day for (some) incumbents were among the highlights of an eventful election.

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Thomas and Gilmore Richardson Win in Council Primary, Heralding Arrival of Next Generation

Barring the unexpected, Katherine Gilmore Richardson and Isaiah Thomas will be the first millennials elected to serve on City Council come November.

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Tracey Gordon Defeats Longtime Incumbent Ron Donatucci for Register of Wills

Gordon ousted a politically well-connected opponent who has served in the position since 1980.

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Jamie Gauthier Defeats 27-Year Incumbent Jannie Blackwell in City Council Race

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.

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BBWC Activist Demands That Jannie Blackwell Retract Accusations of Violence

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.

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What I Learned at the Mayoral Debate From Philly’s “Super Voters”: Older Black Women

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.

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At Candidates Forum, Jannie Blackwell Accused Challenger, BBWC Activists of “Dirty Activities”

"Rather than spread lies about me and my campaign, Councilwoman Blackwell should address the serious concerns residents have," says her primary opponent, Jamie Gauthier.

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Only 2.5 Percent of Philly Businesses Are Black-Owned. The City Must Act.

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.

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Sandra Dungee Glenn on City Council Run: “I Want to Move Families Out of Poverty”

After an unexpected endorsement controversy, the longtime political staffer and influencer says she intends to continue taking her campaign directly to voters.

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Philly, We’re Officially Living in an Apartheid State

When the vast amount of equity, wealth, and resources are controlled by a city’s racial minority, it’s time to start asking why.

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Isaiah Thomas on Why He’s a “Stronger Candidate” in Third City Council Run

Those union endorsements probably aren’t going to hurt.