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Ernest Owens

Writer at Large, Politics

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

6 Philadelphians With Promising Approaches to Gun Violence Prevention

In the face of a problem that can feel insurmountable, these undeterred citizens refuse to sit quietly by.

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Candidates, Don’t Be Afraid to Condemn Philly’s Sheriff Just Because She’s a Black Woman

OWENS: When the people running for mayor won’t hold key officials accountable, it’s a disservice to voters.

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Why I’m Boycotting the Roots Picnic This Year

Yes, there are lots of impressive names on the lineup, but I can’t see past the toxic men being given a platform at this year’s installment.

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Here’s How Much Money the Philly Mayoral Candidates Have Raised …

… and what it means

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Helen Gym’s Hypocritical Return to the Union League Isn’t Her First Misstep

Less than one week after protesting the Union League for honoring controversial Florida governor Ron DeSantis, the mayoral candidate was hobnobbing there with executives. This isn’t the first time she’s backpedaled on her progressive stances.

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Jeff Brown’s Latest Ad Isn’t What We Should Hope for From a Mayoral Candidate

A recent campaign ad on social media has Black people comparing the ShopRite owner to “Big Ma” and God — entities he shouldn’t strive to be as a rich white man.

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Please, No More Philadelphia Mayor Candidates!

The overcrowded race for the city’s top job appears to be getting even more crowded — and arguably less democratic as a result.

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Even in Victory, Pennsylvania House Dems Are Finding Ways to Lose

The current drama in Harrisburg over the House Speaker is a case study in dysfunctional politics.

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4 Reasons Michael Nutter Running for Mayor Would Be Totally Fascinating

The former mayor considering a political comeback is what this dry, crowded race needs right now.

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What Temple Can Learn From Penn About Making Students Feel Safe

Temple’s leadership must move beyond symbolic gestures and actually communicate tangible plans and actions.

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Are You Bored by the Mayor’s Race Already? Don’t Worry; It’ll Get Exciting Soon

The glut of candidates feels overwhelming right now. But have no fear: Elimination time is near!

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Philly Influencer Wallo’s Viral Poverty Porn Isn’t the Charitable Flex He Thinks It Is

The Black social media influencer’s latest stunt is more harmful than useful, because socioeconomic hardship shouldn’t be exploited.

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Why the Midterm Results Are Good (or Bad) News for Your Favorite Mayoral Candidate

There’s a lot that Philly’s mayoral hopefuls can learn from what we witnessed on November 8th.

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Philly Fueled Pennsylvania’s Blue Wave and Other Midterm Takeaways

The victories of Fetterman, Shapiro, and Davis gave Democrats statewide power they haven’t seen in years.

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Enough With the Damn Ads: To Win Senate Race, Dems Must Focus on Turnout

With days until the midterm election, get-out-the-vote efforts need to take priority.