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Ernest Owens
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ernest Owens is an award-winning multimedia journalist and reporter & columnist for Metro Philly. At 24 years old, he is the youngest weekly columnist for a major local newspaper in Philadelphia with his iconoclastic column, The Ernest Opinion. A graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, he launched a career in media as a talk radio show host for WQHS Radio and as a video producer and op-ed columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He is currently producing and starring in his own television talk show Ernestly Speaking! at Philadelphia Community Access Media where he is also the youngest television host to have a talk show in Philadelphia. He is currently a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, where he covers a variety of social issues regarding society, race, and entertainment. His work has been featured on USA Today, The Advocate, The Root, The Oprah Winfrey Network and other media outlets. He is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and a director of a multimedia after-school enrichment program at West Philadelphia High School. His writing and filmmaking has even been honored with the Gold Circle Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a Finalist Award from the Tribeca Film Festival. He loves chatting with people on Twitter so toss a tweet to @MrErnestOwens and check out more of his multimedia at his personal website!

Entries by Ernest Owens

Spike Lee, You Should Have Done the Right Thing With 'Chiraq

(106) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 3:10 PM

Sometimes you just have to live long enough to see some of your heroes unfortunately become villains. In this case, it was a trailer that broke my heart.

Like every other enthusiastic Spike Lee fan, I watched the trailer to his latest joint Chiraq.


I had...

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5 Reasons Josh Schonewolf Might Be the Best LGBTQ Event Producer in Years

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 7:06 PM


In an era where the LGBTQ community has evolved politically, the nightclub scene has been heavily criticized for not catching up. Go to any major American city, and you will hear members complain about the body shaming, ageism or potential racism that occurs.

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Mona Scott-Young, End Your Tired Gay Black Male Stereotypes on Love & Hip Hop

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 11:42 AM


Everyone is entitled to a guilty pleasure. For some time, that had been the Love and Hip-Hop franchise. Every Monday night, I found myself entering a mythical reality of shade, lust, and comedy.

Sure, I knew the storyline was scripted and some...

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Five Ways to Avoid Black Tokenism

(7) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 7:24 PM

When I attended Penn, I found myself being the only black guy in the room numerous times. The predominately white environment of an Ivy Leagues institution would have you drinking the Kool-Aid that you are something special. And while I'm a proponent of black excellence, there became elitism in how...

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Confessions of a Millennial in Shame

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:31 AM

They say that some things in life won't be realized until you get a little older.

I've been stubborn to coming around the following truth I'm about to profess, but I think it's time to admit it.

I'm ashamed to say this: but millennials, we are lazy as...

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I Just Can't Get Down With Hip-Hop Anymore

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 4:10 PM

I think 2015 is officially the year we can all agree that hip-hop is in a vegetative coma close to death.

The generation before us would easily say that it was long gone, but as a millennial I'm ready to finally admit it.

The genre that was initially...

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I'm So Over Taylor Swift

(19) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 8:58 AM

Let me take you back to high school.

Remember that girl at your school that was at first very quirky and you admired how she eventually became the homecoming queen because she stood out as being genuine and down to earth?

Then she ended up going to college and...

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Hollywood, Don't You Dare Whitewash Stonewall

(30) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 7:16 PM

Enraged is an understatement.

Watching the trailer for Roland Emmerich's upcoming film Stonewall made me feel levels of betrayal.

Basically, this film is going to be about a fictional cis-white male who ends up being the leading voice and face of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The...

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That Viral Cosmo Video 'Men React to Their Girlfriends Getting Catcalled' Totally Inflates Sexism

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 1:11 AM

Ever have a moment when you're rooting for something that seems so positive to hit a touchdown -- but then suddenly spirals downward?

That's what it felt like recently when I recently watched that viral video Men React to Their Girlfriends Getting Catcalled.

The premise is simple:...

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Music's First Interracial Female Duo AsOne Inspires at a Very Timely Moment

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:27 AM


At a time when the nation is being afflicted with very brutal and visible acts of racial tension and discouragement, a new musical act is combating the stigma.

"We aren't a manufactured product of the industry... We united organically," said Teresa Bailey,...

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Beyond the Charleston 9: A Call to Honor Our Community Leaders More

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:12 PM

I can spend all day vilifying and talking about a reckless and dangerous individual who carried out one of the most blatant acts of white supremacy in recent history.

But I would rather think about what has now become "The Charleston 9" and what...

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What We Ignore When Talking About the #CarefreeBlackBoy Movement

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 5:02 PM

I'm all for pushing black progression and expression, but not at the blind ignorance of our current situation.

Recently, liberal black bloggers and social media has proliferated this sudden rise of the "#Carefreeblackboy movement" -- a growing sign of brothers living their lives more openly than ever...

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Millennials, Let's Not Kill Black Love

(6) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 7:02 PM

For almost every social circle I have encountered, I hear the same constant killjoys about black love.

Things like:

"Relationships are overrated." (But you still want to be someone's #ManCrushMonday)

"I don't want everyone in my business." (And yet, people will be regardless)

"I don't believe in labels." (But you...

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#RespectHerName: Start Giving a Damn About Black Women Immediately

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 5:02 PM


Can all of my sexist brothers with the double standards, condescending remarks and pseudo deep messages for our black sisters, please report to aisle realness where several seats will be awaiting for you in the back?

This has been a long time coming, but I have gotten socially...

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Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community

(223) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:34 PM

It's been a long time coming, but no time is better than now.

As the Supreme Court gets ready to hopefully legitimize a belief that many of us in the LGBT community already consider an inalienable right -- marriage equality for all -- it's high time we start preparing ourselves...

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5 Urgent Ways to Make Black Health Matter

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:03 PM

As the media continues to reveal more truth on the systematic injustice and devastation of our community, we should all take a moment to breath.

No, not just to sigh or not stay awake on the struggle -- but to check in with our health.


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Why TIDAL Is a Huge Money-Making Joke

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 6:52 AM

"This is the beginning of a new world," Kanye West proclaims.

"This is a historic day," Jack White declares.

You would think that the major reveal of TIDAL, the first-ever artist owned streaming service, was going to liberate the people and now change the way the music industry...

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Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

(7) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 3:23 PM

2015 has given us a great year thus far in black artistry and cultural expression.

On television, we have seen more of our stories being told by people who look like us, thanks to the incredible work of Shonda Rimes, Lee Daniels, and many more. Film has had its...

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Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans Is the Must See Film of 2015

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:45 PM


"I believe that when you wrestle with your demons in public, they cease to haunt you in private," says writer, producer and director Peres Owino.

With her upcoming critically acclaimed debut, Bound: Africans vs. African Americans, Kenyan-born Owino attempts...

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Kanye West Doesn't Have All the Answers and Never Will

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 12:14 PM

I think I've made it clear again, again and again that Kanye West should not be the voice of our generation.

Sure, the multi-Grammy-award-winning hip-hop icon breaks records and has rightfully etched his presence in pop culture history, but what he has continued to...

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