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

2020 in Review: The People and Things I’m Grateful For in a Challenging Year

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.

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Black Americans Don’t Trust the COVID Vaccine. It’s Up to Doctors to Change That.

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.

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Let’s Talk About the Economic Reason “Defund the Police” May Be a Hard Sell in Philadelphia

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.

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I’m a Penn Alum — There’s Nothing Charitable About Their $100 Million Donation

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.

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With COVID-19 Cases Spiking, Philly Needs to Shut Down Completely

It’s time to get serious about beating this pandemic. The city’s new restrictions don’t go nearly far enough.

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Yes, Biden Won. Now Can We Talk About How His Campaign Nearly Blew It in Philly?

Black voters in Philly came up big for the new President-elect — but there are warning signs in the numbers.

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Body-Cam Video of Walter Wallace Jr. Killing Shows How Cops Perpetuate Black Trauma

The Philadelphia police department finally released body-cam footage of the final moments of a troubled Black man’s life. There was no protecting-and-serving involved.

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If Biden Wins the White House, Here’s What He Owes Philly

The Democratic presidential candidate has pulled out all the stops in his push to win in the City of Brotherly Love. But what does that leave us with when the fliers and campaign surrogates disappear?

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The Killing of Walter Wallace Jr. Is the Assassination of Philadelphia As We Knew It

When a disabled Black man is shot in cold blood by the police, there’s no way we can continue to call ourselves the City of Brotherly Love.

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The 5 Things Philly Democrats Need to Do in the Final Week Before Election Day

Engaging voters has never been more crucial than in this election cycle, but there are a few commonsense tactics that are still being neglected.

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These Philly Activists Called for the Rizzo Statue Removal Long Before It Was Popular

Anthony Smith, Deandra Jefferson and Megan Malachi have been growing Philly for REAL Justice’s influence since 2015 and are now seeing many of their once-widely criticized demands become reality.

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Q&A: Kamala Harris Explains How She and Joe Biden Will Address Philly’s Biggest Challenges

In a Philly Mag exclusive, the trailblazing Democratic VP nominee opens up about tackling gun violence and homelessness, her criminal justice record, college debt, and why a vote for Biden is more than a vote against Trump.

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If You’re Not Voting in This Election, Yes, I’m Judging You

No, the presidential candidates aren’t ideal, but one of them could literally kill us all.

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“Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia” Is the Stupidest Thing We’ve Rallied Behind in Years

What Trump said during the first presidential debate was horrible. But ugly t-shirts and excessive consumerism as a clap back? Give me a break.

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Do Democrats Want to Be Right, Or Do They Want to Win?

Once again, the moral case for defeating Trump isn’t sticking. With a month until the election, it’s time for Dems to take a different approach.