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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.

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.

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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.

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City Commissioner Candidate: We Must Fight 2020 Vote Suppression Efforts

“I’m the only candidate in the race who has worked on voting rights or election reform issues as part of their profession,” says attorney Kahlil Williams.

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State Sen. Anthony Williams on Why He’s Running for Mayor

“If people understand and connect the dots between their life experience and the mayor’s record, there will be a change,” says the longtime politician on what it will take for him to defeat Jim Kenney.

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Democrats Who Filed to Run for City Council at Large: 34. Chance of Real Change: 0.

This super-crowded field means we’re not getting much of a shakeup in City Hall.

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Movita Johnson-Harrell Becomes First Muslim Woman State Rep

She replaces convicted former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown in the 190th District.

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Two Attic Youth Center Leaders Suspended Following Discrimination Allegations

The LGBTQ youth nonprofit’s executive director and director of programs and operations were relieved of their duties on Tuesday, pending an investigation.

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Five Questions You Should Ask Candidates Before Signing Their Petitions

Candidates running in Philly’s May primary have until March 12th to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot. Here’s how to make your brief interaction count.

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Jared Solomon on Calling for Bobby Henon’s Resignation: “I Stepped Up”

“I do not believe I will be receiving any holiday cards from Local 98 moving forward,” says the Northeast state rep.

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The People Opposing Allan Domb’s Term Limits Bill Are the Best Reason to Pass It

Philadelphia is one of only two major cities that don’t impose municipal council term limits.

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Omar Woodard on Why He’s Challenging 20-Year Incumbent Darrell Clarke

“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.

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BBWC Co-Founder Charged in Jannie Blackwell Protest at City Council Meeting

Activist Abdul-Aliy Muhammad faces charges on seven counts, including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, over an incident at City Hall on Thursday.

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Activists Threatened, Allegedly Attacked During Protest at Blackwell Campaign Event

Protesters criticizing the longtime councilwoman’s use of councilmanic prerogative claim that they were “terrorized” for trying to hold her accountable.

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Daphne Goggins Wins Vote to Retain Historic GOP Mayoral Endorsement

“Families fight, but now it’s time to unite to get a win for the party,” says the candidate.

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Daphne Goggins Makes History With Philly GOP Mayoral Endorsement

The vocal Trump supporter’s main challenger, South Philly attorney Billy Ciancaglini, says he intends to continue his campaign.