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Ernest Owens

Editor 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.

City Life

Here’s Why Jamie Gauthier Thinks She Can Defeat Jannie Blackwell

“I am the right person, for this moment, to lead the 3rd District into the future,” says the West Philly native and former executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservatory.

City Life

Scenes From the Campaign Trail: A Black Trump Supporter Throws a Mayoral Kickoff Birthday

“I have a direct line from the White House to North Philly — Trump wants to help us,” says Republican Daphne Goggins.

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City Life

By All Means, Philly, #MuteRKelly — but #EvictJewellWilliams Too

A City Council resolution to ban disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly from the city is commendable, but that same energy should also be directed to support local movements for accountability around sexual misconduct.

City Life

This Philly Pastor Wants to Become Pa.’s First Out Lesbian State Rep

In her bid for the 190th District’s special election seat, Pamela Williams believes that “progress starts with the people.”

City Life

Movita Johnson-Harrell Might Become the First Muslim Woman Elected to Pa. House

“I’m running because I care about my community,” says Johnson-Harrell, who just clinched the Democratic party’s nomination in the 190th District’s special election.

City Life

Sheriff Jewell Williams Locks in Crucial “Camel Prom Mom” Endorsement

The embattled official now has the backing of local celebrity chef Saudia Shuler, known for hosting lavish prom sendoffs — and for pleading guilty to federal fraud charges last week.

City Life

Scenes From the Campaign Trail: That Time Jewell Williams Held a Ladies Night

The controversial sheriff wasn’t exactly pleased to see a reporter at his event minutes after news broke about a sexual harassment settlement.

City Life

The Last Thing Philly’s LGBTQ Community Needs Is a Rainbow Bridge

We could solve some real problems for what it would cost to slap a coat of empty symbolism on the Walt Whitman.

City Life

Blondell Reynolds Brown Will Not Seek a Sixth City Council Term

Renowned for her efforts to diversify city government, Reynolds Brown is expected to endorse her chief of staff as her replacement.

City Life

After Photo Surfaces, 3 Philly Pols Say They Won’t Endorse Jewell Williams for Reelection

A political lunch convened by City Council President Darrell Clarke seems to have had unintended consequences.

City Life

The Philly MLK Day Luncheon That Would Have Dr. King Rolling in His Grave

The annual MLK Day Awards and Benefit Luncheon is a pricey, elitist affair that this year is honoring a local official facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

City Life

Longtime Social Justice Activist Erika Almirón Announces City Council Bid

The veteran Juntos executive director is running a campaign that is geared toward “speaking truth to power.”

City Life

This 26-Year-Old Latino Biologist Wants to Become Philly’s First Gay Councilman

Adrian Rivera-Reyes, a democratic socialist, has officially announced his City Council at-large bid as “a nontraditional candidate.”

City Life

City’s New Leadership Pipeline Program Is an Affront to Real Diversity

The diversity problem at city nonprofits doesn’t stem from “unqualified” minorities applying.

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City Life

After Latest Mummers Controversy, Kenney Has to Pick a Side on Racism

From dragging his feet on removing the Rizzo statue to tolerating Mummers Parade antics, the mayor is struggling to appease both sides of a racially divided city. This year, that needs to change.