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.
It’s been a year since COVID changed our world. These are the lockdown habits I’m not giving up, even after we return to “normal.”
Ala Stanford’s group has vaccinated thousands of Black Philadelphians on its own dime. Here are four ways the city could boost its heroic efforts.
Yes, there is distrust of health care in the Black community, but Ala Stanford’s big Liacouras Center event proved that if you remove the barriers, people will get the shot.
In a clumsy bit of political theater, the Mayor danced around Philadelphia’s current existential crisis. It’s an insult to Jamal Johnson, the man whose hunger strike made the city pay attention.
The embattled police commissioner has doubled down on the controversial use of tear gas on innocent Black Lives Matter protesters. Why are some Black leaders now standing by her?
Remember when elected officials here used to curse each other out and literally fight in City Council? The current class of local politicians is what Ed Rendell would call “wusses.”
Philadelphia can no longer claim to be a beacon of democracy, free speech and diversity if it continues to be governed by those who would breach those values. The Mayor and his police commissioner need to step down.
The response to one Instagram post shows just how much mistrust of the vaccine there is among the Black community. They’re concerns I shared — here’s why I got the shot anyway.
The failed white supremacist coup was incited by the President, but it was enabled by those in the predominantly white media who spent years refusing to call his supporters what they are.
Pumping more money into policing isn’t working. In fact, recent events prove policing is beyond repair. It’s time to invest elsewhere.
No one is sad to see 2020 go, but there were moments in this difficult year that showed us we’re stronger than our biggest setbacks.
Generations of deception and neglect mean the U.S. health system has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to Black patient trust. With the coronavirus, there’s no time to lose.
The call to reduce police power in major cities like Philly is necessary — but those who still depend on the salaries, pensions and benefits associated with the troubled institution can’t see a viable future without it.
The big gift to the school district doesn’t settle the ongoing debate over whether the multibillion-dollar institution is doing enough to pay its fair share.
It’s time to get serious about beating this pandemic. The city’s new restrictions don’t go nearly far enough.