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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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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?

City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

“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.

City Life

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.

City Life

The Problem With “Feed Fatigue” and Other Excuses White People Make for Remaining Racist

White support for Black Lives Matter has been declining as we get closer to Election Day. Could a retreat to empathy — instead of the pursuit of more radical demands — be to blame?

a barricade near the parkway encampment in philadelphia
City Life

I Fear the Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing

Current efforts by law enforcement to force the city’s most vulnerable residents from the Parkway are starting to feel like a recipe for disaster — and hark back to one of Philadelphia’s darkest days.

City Life

To Combat Philly Gun Violence, Dismantle the Office of Violence Prevention

The city’s leading department on addressing gun violence has become a detriment to tackling this public health crisis.

City Life

With Indoor Dining Faux Pas, It’s Official: Jim Kenney Can’t Read the Room

To be caught eating indoors at out-of-state restaurants is a slap in the face to Philadelphia restaurants and diners.

City Life

These Are the Worst Four Words You Can Tell Philly Voters Right Now

Why it’s time to stop using fear as a tactic to drive your friends and neighbors to the polls in November.