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Ernest Owens
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Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ernest Owens is an award-winning multimedia journalist and feature reporter & columnist for Metro Philly. 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. Ernest has interned at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, NBC Philadelphia, and Philadelphia City Council. 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, Al Jazeera English, The Root, The Oprah Winfrey Network and other media outlets. He is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, and the Online News Association. 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

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 3:12 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 | 4:02 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

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

Attention!

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

(220) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:34 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 | 3:03 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.

Our...

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Why TIDAL Is a Huge Money-Making Joke

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 5:52 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 | 2:23 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 | 4:45 PM

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"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 | 11:14 AM

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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Dear Empire Critics, Stop Hating. You Just Don't Get It.

(121) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 3:59 PM

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Dear Empire critics,

In a society that is currently more observant of media and entertainment pitfalls than ever before, sometimes we are too quick to judge. The speedy jolt of a tweet to pass prejudgment, or the too-full-of-assumptions Facebook essay to sound off...

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5 Real Ways to Actually Support Black-Owned Businesses

(29) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:41 PM

In the current national push for making black lives matter, economic support for black-owned businesses doesn't get its fair share of dialogue.

True, social justice and political activism can help solve many of the continuous problems facing our community, but what about economic growth and stability to help heal...

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Straight Women, Gay Men Are Friends, Not Accessories

(19) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 1:56 AM

As I explore various friend circles and niches, I have come to realize that some experiences keep recurring.

I was recently running a couple of errands downtown and made a quick trip to a department store. Smelling through a few colognes, a noticed a woman looking at me with absolute...

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Gay Black Men, It's Time to Do Away With 'Trade' and Down-Low Brothers in 2015

(48) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Yes, it's time to have this conversation.

To all my gay black brothers who are free and open with their sexuality, it's time to let go of dating the men in your lives who are not.

It's time to drop that "down-low" hook-up you met online who would not unlock...

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An Open Letter to Penn's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for Their 'Beyonce' Blow-Up Doll Holiday Card

(8) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 4:07 PM

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Dear members of the Pennsylvania Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Delta Fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania,

My name is Ernest Owens. Yes, that Ernest Owens.

I am a fellow Penn alum who has previously challenged neighboring white Greek fraternities...

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How to Not Make Ferguson a Folly

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 11:02 PM

It took me several days before I decided to speak on the verdict in Ferguson.

Personally, I purposely choose to step away from publicly writing about such similar issues because I always felt that it was expected for me to do so. Being a young black man in journalism automatically...

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Celebrities, Being a Feminist Isn't Just About Sex and Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 2:36 PM

I am a man and I am a proud feminist.

I support and defend the notion that people of all genders should have their fair share of opportunities to succeed. Whether it is eliminating the gender wage gap or debunking the sexist and ignorant biases that divide both sexes, I...

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5 Lessons Traveling to Africa Taught Me About Being Black in America

(825) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:42 PM

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Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ghana for 10 days to explore the history and culture of the region. And contrary to America's heightened fear that traveling to West Africa would give me Ebola, I am fortunate to reassure you that...

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Africa Redefined: How Dr. Kingsley Fletcher Is Leading a Continental Revival

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 4:25 PM

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A large crowd assembles in Ghana. Not a voice interrupts as a familiar national figure graces the podium.

As he begins to debunk false hysterical myths about Africa, he also introduces his next innovative plan to help return the continent to global...

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Why Ebola Isn't Stopping Me From Going to Africa Right Now

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 10:32 AM

I just turned 23 years old and I'm about to embark on a personal self-journey.

For the past few years, I have been awaiting an exploration to an African country that I personally felt was rich in heritage and would be spiritually rewarding. Although there were tons of countries...

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