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

BBWC Activist Demands That Jannie Blackwell Retract Accusations of Violence

Blackwell, who is running for reelection in City Council’s District 3, has claimed that Abdul-Aliy Muhammad instigated a fight at a campaign event and “hit a cop in the face” during a protest.

City Life

What I Learned at the Mayoral Debate From Philly’s “Super Voters”: Older Black Women

I had the privilege of sitting among a group of women from all over the city weighing up the candidates like they were at a sporting event.

City Life

At Candidates Forum, Jannie Blackwell Accused Challenger, BBWC Activists of “Dirty Activities”

“Rather than spread lies about me and my campaign, Councilwoman Blackwell should address the serious concerns residents have,” says her primary opponent, Jamie Gauthier.

Business

Only 2.5 Percent of Philly Businesses Are Black-Owned. The City Must Act.

Without a plan to combat barriers to access to capital for Black businesses, the generational wealth gap plaguing the largest racial demographic in the city will never close.

City Life

Sandra Dungee Glenn on City Council Run: “I Want to Move Families Out of Poverty”

After an unexpected endorsement controversy, the longtime political staffer and influencer says she intends to continue taking her campaign directly to voters.

City Life

Philly, We’re Officially Living in an Apartheid State

When the vast amount of equity, wealth, and resources are controlled by a city’s racial minority, it’s time to start asking why.

City Life

Isaiah Thomas on Why He’s a “Stronger Candidate” in Third City Council Run

Those union endorsements probably aren’t going to hurt.

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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.

Be Well Philly

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.