From Awareness to Action: How to Make Social Impact After Getting Woke
So you’ve read the books, watched the documentaries, had tough conversations, and now what? Too much of the national efforts from the newly “woke” have been focused on social justice consumption rather than taking direct action. Award-winning Journalist and media advocacy leader Ernest Owens provides best practices and tips on how to be more than just a bystander to the movement, but an actual change agent.
The Unwritten Etiquette That Has Cultural Implications
So you’ve probably read the anti-racism books, gone to protests, donated to causes, and now what? While many people this summer have spent their time understanding the fundamentals of how racism shapes society, we often don’t talk about the subtle interpersonal social dynamics/interactions that reinforce racism. In this virtual workshop, award-winning journalist and cultural critic Ernest Owens unpacks how racism in body language, passive conversation, and everyday vernacular is posing an unconscious barrier between those seeking to confront the very bias within themselves.
How to Turn Your Social Media From Being a Career Killer to a Game Changer
Constant reports of cancel culture and the fear of losing your job have probably scared you from embracing social media. You’re afraid that one wrong tweet could lead to a nightmare of missed opportunities and a soiled reputation. But like all things, social media is a tool that can enhance your career, life, and advocacy efforts with the right approach. Award-winning journalist and social media wiz, Ernest Owens provides a comprehensive and in-depth exploration into avoiding the pitfalls and maximizing the benefits of social media in the age of cancel culture.
How to Be a Better Ally
Becoming an ally seems easy the moment one becomes “woke” on social issues. But what if your idea of championing for marginalized communities might be causing more harm than good? Award-winning journalist and civil rights advocate Ernest Owens provides a comprehensive and honest presentation on how those who care can do so with better intention, strategy, and authenticity.
Award winning journalist and host of “Ernestly Speaking!"
Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. He is the Editor at Large for Philadelphia Magazine and President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He hosts the hit podcast “Ernestly Speaking!” and is an author of the upcoming book “The Case for Cancel Culture” to be published by St. Martin’s Press in Fall 2022. As an openly Black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society regarding race, LGBTQ, and pop culture. In 2018, he launched his growing media company that specializes in multimedia production, consulting, and communications.
In June 2016, he made a viral post on Twitter that called out superstar Justin Timberlake during the BET Awards. The tweet got a response from Timberlake that prompted a national discussion on cultural appropriation. For several years, his extensive reporting on racism in the LGBTQ community received national attention as he revealed acts of racial discrimination in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. His coverage was cited by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations as reviving a decades long issue in the community that finally led to local government intervention, an anti-discrimination bill being unanimously passed, and the city’s pride rainbow flag to now include black and brown stripes to acknowledge racial inclusion. His versatile talent has taken him from Ghana to the campaign trail where he’s interviewed countless political leaders, such as Vice President Kamala Harris, to Hollywood where he’s interviewed industry heavyweights such as Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney.
At 29 years old, Ernest has already used his wide media platform to spread awareness on several important issues. He received his B.A. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MTV, NBC, NPR, and other prominent media outlets. He’s also a member of the Online News Association, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the National Association of Black Journalists. He is the Board Chairman of Philadelphia Community Access Media, and also serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Mid-Atlantic Chapter).
His work has earned countless honors, which includes landing on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, being named the 2017 Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, winning the 2018 & 2020 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 2019 National City & Regional Magazine Award by the City & Regional Magazine Association, and receiving the 2019 NEXT Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
He can be found on Twitter and other social media platforms at @MrErnestOwens and ernestowens.com.
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