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Ernest Owens
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Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ernest Owens is an award-winning multimedia journalist. 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 USA Today & The Huffington Post, where he covers a variety of social issues regarding society, race, and entertainment. His work has been featured on The Good Men Project, 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. When not blogging, he loves chatting with people on Twitter so toss a tweet to @MrErnestOwens and check out more of his multimedia at his personal website!

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No, Gay Isn't the New Black

(50) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:39 PM

As society "progress," we have become a bunch of cultural sycophants obsessed with creating false affirmations and pseudo-solidarities.

I quite frankly cannot decide when all this began, but perhaps the election of our 44th president made many began to assume that a post-racial society may not be here but...

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Why My Selfie With Amy Adams Will Be My All-Time Favorite

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:32 AM

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It was a normal Friday morning.

I was leaving Philadelphia for trip to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. A little cranky that I would have to have a layaway in between, I was happy nonetheless to get an early flight. My...

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Robin Thicke, Please Check Your White Privilege

(11) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 3:18 PM

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Mr. Thicke,

I write this as a black man who knows what it means to be treated as a criminal the moment I cross the street. I know what it feels like to hear the words "threatening," "suspicious," and "potentially harmful," every...

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Being 'Motherful' for Father's Day

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Every year, the media and capitalism loses its mind with television programs and advertisements suggesting that society recognizes Father's Day. I'm not ignoring the fact that there are some great fathers, such as our president, who are raising amazing children.

There is, however, an overpopulation of families in our...

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Tonya L. Moore Is All F*d Up in Phenomenal New Self-Expose

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 5:32 PM

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Picture this: By your mid-40s, you have filed three divorces, raised two children, overcame an affair and now you are a widow. Would you still believe in love? For corporate media doyenne, Tonya L. Moore, she still has faith. In her...

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The Case for Underrepresented Students at Predominately White Institutions

(8) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 5:17 PM

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This past weekend I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in communication. I am an openly gay black male, lower-income, and the first in my immediate family to do so. This introduction is necessary given that statistics show that...

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Anita Wilson Takes Gospel to More Relevant Heights With New Album "Vintage Worship"

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:33 AM

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On June 24, 2014, music lovers around the world will hear a new sound of gospel that hasn't been experimented like this in years. No, it's not a hip-hop attempt of worship, nor is it a pop mash-up of Christian hits.

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#BeyonceDoesntRepresentUs: Moving Above and Beyond Beyoncé

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:19 PM

I will admit it. We lost socially conscious America.

Our blogs, articles, and commentary on television and radio asking for Beyoncé to do better and be a more considerate example for a new generation of young women of color went nowhere. Instead, we got pseudo-definitions of feminism, accusatory rhetoric...

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Top 10 Best Ways We Should Start Measuring Black Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 4:41 PM

It's finally time that we have that long awaited talk about measuring black success. For far too long we have given many a pass when it comes to what they say and how they go about navigating what it means to achieve for the community. No, making money and being...

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Stephen B. Steward Unleashes a "Whole Heart" in Debut Album

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:18 PM

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It took 53 years for Smithville, Mississippi native Stephen B. Steward to know when he hit "the right time." While many men his age are looking forward to retirement, this California law enforcer of 28 years is ready to...

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Demanding a Change: Why I Am Urging My Community to Visibly Combat Rape Culture

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:17 PM

A young woman was sexually assaulted at my school and came forward in the most visible and public way possible. She revealed her full name and face to my campus newspaper.

I know far too many women of color who have gone through the...

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Men, It's Our Moral Responsibility to Combat Rape Culture

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Here are five reasons why I fight against rape culture:

1) "No" means no, regardless of how the man may feel or interpret it. Consent is a clear and sober "yes."

2) The sexual history of a woman, whether past or present, is of no consequence to a man having...

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Mainstream American Media, This Isn't a Black Man Ranting

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Dear Mainstream American Media,


What I have to say is important.

This is not a rant about rants, but a mere clarification of terms.

As a young, black male, I have endured the constant belittlement and disregard for men that look like myself on your television screens...

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Why We Won't Back Down

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:34 PM

If the politics of respectability is to be infiltrated within the sub-culture of under-presented groups in this nation... why can't the same be expected for those of privilege?

That was the overarching question I pondered as I led a coalition of peers to break the silence of an age-old tradition...

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Beyoncé and the Oversimplification of Women Through Beauty

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Let me first start this off by promising you, the reader, that this isn't another feminist attack on Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

At this point, we can all agree that some of the arguments made about her and how she expresses her interpretation of feminism are implicitly racist and sexist....

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Tye Tribbett, the Grammy Winner You Should Know

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:45 PM

While most of us thought we were watching the entire 56th annual Grammy Awards from beginning to end this past Sunday, one winner we didn't see was already out dining with close friends and family. Hit gospel recording artist, Tye Tribbett celebrated his 38th birthday that Sunday with his first...

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10 Messages of Wisdom We Need to Give Black Youth Right Now

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Lately, I have had the pleasure of spending quality time with my younger brother. Seeing him play with his fellow peers has felt more like ethnography than just playtime in the backyard. One thing that is certain and upsetting: The current issues that black adults are fighting about today are...

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Working-Class Families, Please Skip The Wolf of Wall Street This Holiday Season

(10) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 11:12 PM

Picture this: you have spent your entire year working hard, saving your earnings, making ends meet and now you have a rare occasion to spend quality time with your family. It's Christmas Day and you're looking forward to seeing a new film after a great dinner. You're a part of...

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What Beyoncé's 'Non-Marketing' Illusion Says About the Current State of Music

(20) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Before I begin, I must preface this by telling all royal worshipers of King Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter that my critique has nothing to do about the substance of her new album. It is a remarkable piece of art, created with great taste and relevance. It is one of the most...

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Attention Straight People: Being Gay Isn't a Stereo System with Controlled Volumes

(35) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 1:24 PM

As an openly gay man, I never really had the time to reflect on the subtle jabs taken on expressing my identity. Beyond tackling blatant homophobic slurs and discrimination in my community I felt that as long as those issues were addressed, case closed. But as we all fight for...

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