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Ernest Owens
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ernest Owens is an award-winning multimedia journalist and Editor in Chief of Au'loni Magazine. 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 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

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

(8) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:07 PM


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 30, 2014 | 12:02 AM

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 | 3:36 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

(828) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:42 PM


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 | 5:25 PM


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 | 11:32 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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Dear Ernest, #3: How to Deal With a Campus Ex

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Question: Dear Ernest, I'm not sure if you answer questions pertaining to relationships on campus but I thought I might give it a try. I dated a girl for close to two years on campus. We hit it off very early when we first entered and got serious from the...
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5 People Who Aren't Helping Race Relations in 2014

(69) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:17 PM

This year, no one is safe when it comes to the ridiculous onslaught of ignorance about to people of color. Whether it was the media, celebrities, or members of our own community, the backwards advice and excuses for the degrading of our people was annoying. I write this top 5...

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Dear Ernest, #2: Let's Get Real About Campus Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Question: Dear Ernest, I feel like an underachiever right about now. My grades are great, but I feel like I don't have enough campus leadership positions. I don't care much for my student government, but I also really don't want to force myself to interact with people I don't really...
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Dear Ernest, #1: The College GPA Myth Exposed

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Question: Dear Ernest, I'm entering a new term and still feel frustrated with my freshman year GPA. I have been trying very hard to make it go up, but I feel as though my current classes are keeping me away from doing so. I'm not failing, but I don't feel...
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Kareemah El-Amin Sheds 'No Tears' in Spiritually Exceptional Debut Album

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:17 PM


Her conversion was nothing short of a chance encounter between an open mind and a longing heart.

When Kareemah El-Amin became a Christian on November 17, 2010, she was not compelled to leave her devout Muslim roots from a dark...

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Please Shut Up About Iggy Azalea

(11) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:57 PM

This summer, I could not help but be annoyed with entertainment journalism. If we were not talking about Beyoncé for the umpteenth time, we were talking about Iggy Azalea. And while there were a few articles that had legitimate concerns about the reigning musical superstar, most...

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Interviewing the Gospel Ambassador: How Bobby Jones Impacted the Culture of Television

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:52 PM


Standing atop a lightning stage dressed in a jeweled suit with custom designer shoes, an electrifying roar automatically fills the studio. It feels as though a rockstar has just surprised the crowd, but this is no new face. Since 1980, Dr. Bobby Jones...

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No, Gay Isn't the New Black

(51) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:39 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 | 11:32 AM


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 | 4:18 PM


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 | 10:44 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 | 6:32 PM


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 | 6:17 PM


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 | 11:33 AM


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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