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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.

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City Life

The Inquirer’s Attempt at a Buzzy Anti-Racist Apology Failed. It Didn’t Have To.

Right after the paper published “A More Perfect Union,” the NewsGuild union alleged that the paper was paying a Black staffer less than a white counterpart. Oops.

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Your Company Is Celebrating Black History Month All Wrong. Here’s How to Do It Right.

It’s not about kente cloth or performative “diversity panels” — it’s about putting Black employees front and center in your organization.

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Meek Mill, Kevin Hart and Michael Rubin’s Millions Won’t Help the Abbott Elementaries of Our City

The $15 million the celebs pledged to send kids to private schools further chips away at a public-school system we owe it to ourselves, and to “our kids,” to fix.

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This Is the Real Reason I’m So Excited About Next Year’s Mayor’s Race

With so many current city officeholders rumored to be candidates, the fight to become the city’s 100th mayor could result in a lot of (much-needed) political turnover.

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These 4 Big Political Questions Will Loom Over Philly in 2022

From indictments to contested races, last year provided more questions than answers about the future of several notable Philly politicians and coalitions.

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Now That Larry Krasner’s Apologized, Will the Pols Who Flogged Him Do Something About Gun Violence?

Where was all the gun violence outrage before the DA put his foot in his mouth? And what will all those who came for his head do now?

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Why Do We Even Have a Sheriff’s Office in the First Place?

After promising to eliminate scandals only to find herself embroiled in them, Sheriff Rochelle Bilal should resign — and the entire office should be eliminated.

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Philly Just Surpassed 500 Homicides. Can We Admit Gun Buyback Programs Aren’t Helping?

Proponents claim gun buybacks keep dangerous weapons off the street. They’re really just a flashy, performative and ineffective response to our current gun violence crisis.

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My Three Big Lessons From Our First Month of Marriage

After dating the love of my life for more than seven years, I was convinced marriage wouldn’t hit that differently. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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5 Ways the Johnny Doc/Bobby Henon Verdict Will Shake Up Philly Politics

Our politics-as-usual took a big hit on Monday when Dougherty, the powerful labor leader, and Henon, the City Councilmember, were found guilty on most charges of conspiracy.

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Philly Dems Failed Miserably Last Week. 3 Things They Must Fix Before Next Year’s Midterms

Turnout was dismal in an election with big implications for the courts and bigger implications for 2022 . If Democrats want to retain any of the power they gained last year, they’d better start shaking the table, now.

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Sorry, Dave Chappelle, But LGBTQ Jokes Aren’t Funny. This Killing Shows Us Why

Amid the outcry over the comedian’s transphobic comedy, consider the case of Philadelphia’s Christian Smith, who prosecutors say killed his stepfather after an argument about a gay person.

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Police Lies About SEPTA Riders Filming a Rape Show Yet Again Why We Can’t Trust Them

Police fed the press a story that Philadelphians lack humanity and courage. It’s not the first time they’ve lied to us, but it should be the last time we take their initial reports as truth.

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As I Turn 30, I Wish Philly the Same Confidence It Gave Me

This town struggles with the same imposter syndrome I once had to overcome. If it bet on itself, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection would be unstoppable.

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We Don’t Need a Jury to Tell Us That the Days of Johnny Doc Have Passed

Labor boss John J. Dougherty is finally in court after being charged in a federal bribery and corruption case along with Councilmember Bobby Henon. Guilty or not, no one man should have all that power.