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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City Life

No Joke: Kenney Thinks “Overqualified” Black People Are Cause of City’s Diversity Woes

The mayor seems to lack a sincere understanding of how to address the racial disparities that have hovered over his administration since the beginning.

City Life

Meet the Philly Candidate Who Has Run for Four Different Seats

This time around, longtime community advocate Tracey Gordon is running for Register of Wills.

City Life

After Jewell Williams Endorsement, Dem Party Chair Bob Brady Needs to Resign

Philadelphia’s Democratic City Committee failed voters on Monday night by choosing to back an incumbent facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

City Life

Philly White-Collar Union Declines to Endorse Its Own VP for City Council

Accusations of racial — and personal — animosity have roiled District Council 47 official Ethelind Baylor’s campaign for an at-large Council seat.

City Life

Excessive Drama Surrounding Petition Challenges Is a Turnoff for Voters

The nastiest phase of the Philly election cycle is finally over — and thank goodness it is.

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I Tried Sip-N-Glo’s Intense Detox Juice Cleanse

It was quite the journey.

City Life

The Moral Case for Why We Must Repeal the Soda Tax

On one side we have the privileged who reap its benefits without ever touching a sugary drink, and on the other the impoverished and people of color who fund those benefits.

City Life

Most Charges Dropped Against BBWC Co-Founder Who Disrupted Council Meeting

Activist Abdul-Aliy Muhammad originally faced charges on seven counts over a protest of Council member Jannie Blackwell in February.

City Life

City Commissioner Candidate: We Must Fight 2020 Vote Suppression Efforts

“I’m the only candidate in the race who has worked on voting rights or election reform issues as part of their profession,” says attorney Kahlil Williams.

City Life

State Sen. Anthony Williams on Why He’s Running for Mayor

“If people understand and connect the dots between their life experience and the mayor’s record, there will be a change,” says the longtime politician on what it will take for him to defeat Jim Kenney.

City Life

Democrats Who Filed to Run for City Council at Large: 34. Chance of Real Change: 0.

This super-crowded field means we’re not getting much of a shakeup in City Hall.

City Life

Movita Johnson-Harrell Becomes First Muslim Woman State Rep

She replaces convicted former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown in the 190th District.

City Life

Two Attic Youth Center Leaders Suspended Following Discrimination Allegations

The LGBTQ youth nonprofit’s executive director and director of programs and operations were relieved of their duties on Tuesday, pending an investigation.

City Life

Five Questions You Should Ask Candidates Before Signing Their Petitions

Candidates running in Philly’s May primary have until March 12th to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot. Here’s how to make your brief interaction count.

City Life

Jared Solomon on Calling for Bobby Henon’s Resignation: “I Stepped Up”

“I do not believe I will be receiving any holiday cards from Local 98 moving forward,” says the Northeast state rep.