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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.

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Black Clergy Soda Tax Criticism Leaves Wide Opening for a Kenney Challenger

After 20 local religious leaders called for the repeal of Kenney’s signature policy, the stage is set for a person of color to run against him.

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Sherrie Cohen Announces New City Council Run, This Time With a “Movement”

“My platform and campaign will be bolder and more grassroots than my last campaign,” says the progressive candidate.

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Mazzoni Center Board President Christopher Pope Resigns

Pope’s departure after a year as president leaves a nine-person board that, for the first time, has a majority of members of color.

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White Allies, the “We the People Rally” Is Your Time to Put Up or Shut Up

Calls for a “diverse” crowd to confront what’s shaping up to be a gathering of white nationalists put black and brown lives in danger.

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Philadelphia Dodged a Major Bullet by Not Getting Amazon HQ2

We should be asking ourselves one question: When are we finally going to look inward?

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Mazzoni Center CEO Resigns Following Months of Backlash

The LGBTQ nonprofit’s board of directors announced her end-of-year departure in an email to staff on Monday morning.

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LGBTQ&A: Kevin Glaccum

We chat with the local out theater director about Warplay, his queer twist on a classic Greek tale.

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In Historic First, Two Openly Gay Legislators Are Elected to State House

Incumbent Brian Sims and newcomer Malcolm Kenyatta both easily won their state House races.

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What Happens When a Millennial Candidate Bucks Philly’s Democratic Machine?

After many years of working local races, Alex Deering was finally ready to run a campaign of his own. Now he is working in a warehouse, battling depression, and feeling betrayed by the Democratic party he once had faith in.

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City Council Should Ban Cashless Stores, Because Philly Can’t Afford Them

A bill that proposes to fine Philadelphia businesses that refuse to take cash is unusual in actually acknowledging our poverty crisis.

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LGBTQ&A: Vincent Scarfo

We chat with the genderqueer mover and shaker on identity, breaking gender norms, and their incredible new job.

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LGBTQ Event of the Week

Our pick: Philly AIDS March 2018

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Bartender Says Philadelphia Distilling Fired Her After Fight Over Racial Slur

Was Dominique Prout unfairly terminated by the popular Fishtown distillery for what she sees as an act of self-defense?

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LGBTQ&A: Dorian Parker

We talk to the local actor about Philly’s performance scene, being out in the industry, and his new starring role in All I’m Worth.

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Anti-Trump Protests Have Become A Huge Joke

Protests used to be a visible symbol of the resistance. Now they have become a total spectacle of over-the-top political antics and unbridled virtue signaling.