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.
Philadelphia is one of only two major cities that don’t impose municipal council term limits.
“It is well past time that a new generation of Philadelphians finds a seat at the table,” says the 35-year-old North Philadelphia native.
Activist Abdul-Aliy Muhammad faces charges on seven counts, including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, over an incident at City Hall on Thursday.
Protesters criticizing the longtime councilwoman’s use of councilmanic prerogative claim that they were “terrorized” for trying to hold her accountable.
“Families fight, but now it’s time to unite to get a win for the party,” says the candidate.
The vocal Trump supporter’s main challenger, South Philly attorney Billy Ciancaglini, says he intends to continue his campaign.
The all-Black cast of the mayor’s campaign kickoff video tells me one thing: He knows he hasn’t fulfilled the promises he made last time.
The millennial candidate is aiming to succeed her former boss, Blondell Reynolds Brown.
“I am the right person, for this moment, to lead the 3rd District into the future,” says the West Philly native and former executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservatory.
“I have a direct line from the White House to North Philly — Trump wants to help us,” says Republican Daphne Goggins.
A City Council resolution to ban disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly from the city is commendable, but that same energy should also be directed to support local movements for accountability around sexual misconduct.
In her bid for the 190th District’s special election seat, Pamela Williams believes that “progress starts with the people.”
“I’m running because I care about my community,” says Johnson-Harrell, who just clinched the Democratic party’s nomination in the 190th District’s special election.
The embattled official now has the backing of local celebrity chef Saudia Shuler, known for hosting lavish prom sendoffs — and for pleading guilty to federal fraud charges last week.