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Ernest Owens

Writer at Large, Politics

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

Helen Gym and Kenyatta Johnson, Grandstand Less and Legislate More

Gym’s arrest in Harrisburg made headlines but accomplished nothing. Johnson should be doing more than holding anti-violence rallies. Activism may be what put them on the map, but I expect more than political theater from my elected officials.

City Life

We Have a Chance to Create the Philly Pride Celebration We Truly Deserve

The abrupt departure of Philly Pride Presents leadership gives LGBTQIA community members a golden opportunity to build something that represents all of us — and completely unlike what came before.

City Life

I’m Boycotting the Philly Pride Parade Until It’s Under New Leadership

Philly Pride Presents doesn’t represent the LGBTQIA community. The group’s latest social media posts prove it.

City Life

Why Am I Not More Excited That Philadelphia Is Finally Reopening?

The city’s full-throttle charge into normalcy felt good at first, but now I’m feeling something unexpected: survivor’s guilt.

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Things to Do

I Spent a Weekend in Pocono Palace Resort’s Over-the-Top Romance Den — and Loved Every Minute of It

Not much has changed about the honeymoon resorts that first put the Poconos on the map — and that’s precisely the appeal.

City Life

Stop Assuming Black People Won’t Spend $100 at Dinner — and Look Amazing Doing So

If you think Steak 48’s policies are racist, you might want to ask yourself why.

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City Life

Why I Don’t Have a Problem With Steak 48’s $100 Minimum Dining Fee

The upscale chain restaurant in Center City has faced backlash on social media for its new policy. But it benefits the essential workers who suffered during an inequitable pandemic.

City Life

Four Major Takeaways From Philadelphia’s Democratic Primary

A night of progressive victories might mean new rules for how power flows through the city’s political corridors.

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City Life

Philadelphia Owes the MOVE Survivors More Than an Apology

Mayor Jim Kenney’s admission of wrongdoing is long overdue — but it’s not enough to rectify the hardship the city has caused the Africa family for nearly four decades.

City Life

How to Have a Hot Vax Summer and Be COVID-Safe, Too

These are the new rules for hanging out now that more and more of us are vaccinated.

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City Life

Not Enthusiastic About Voting for Either Larry Krasner or Carlos Vega? You’re Not Alone.

Both campaigns reveal what happens when polarizing politics negate the legitimate concerns of voters — forcing them to be conflicted at the polls.

City Life

Dear White People: Wanna DM Me on the Latest Racist Outrage? Read This First

Every time there’s a big news story involving racism, my alerts blow up. Here’s what people say, and what I say back.

City Life

Philly Needs a Much Bolder Approach to Gun Violence. Here Are Three Big Ideas

The city budget doesn’t go far enough. If we’re going to address this existential crisis, we need big plans to tackle our most entrenched and enduring issues.

City Life

The Pandemic Will End. Our Respect for Service Workers Should Not

My return to the movie theater came with an epiphany about how I’m going to conduct myself when things return to “normal.”

City Life

Philly Politicians Are Condemning Derek Chauvin. Why Are They Silent on Local Police Brutality?

As our leaders weigh in on the Minneapolis court case, too little has been said about new charges of police abuse here last summer.