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Tianna Mañon

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Tianna Mañon is a reporter at WXXI news. She’s covered issues like the presence of plastic in the Great Lakes, the death of Trevyan Rowe and the impact of the opioid epidemic in the inner-city.

Tianna is also the Editor in Chief of Open Mic Rochester, a local online magazine serving Rochester’s black community.

Passionate about using various forms of media to tell the story, Tianna enjoys simply getting out of the newsroom and talking to people. When not at work, Tianna can be found reading a book in her home library, at the Public Market or otherwise exploring the region.

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What’s the future of funding the arts in Rochester? Local artists, officials and event organizers gathered at the Visual Studies Workshop auditorium in the Arts and Cultural Council Center Friday evening to discuss ways to fund Rochester arts in the future. 

The meeting, organized by City Councilmember Elaine Spaull, attracted more than 80 people, including artists or staff members at local major arts organizations, including the Rochester City Ballet and Writers & Books. 

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The candidates in the 25th Congressional District faced off in a Voice of the Voter Debate Thursday night which was broadcast on WXXI radio and TV.

Reforming healthcare was among the topics they disagreed on.

Democrat Joe Morelle, the Assembly Majority Leader, and Republican Jim Maxwell, who is a neurosurgeon, had a very different view of what to do about issues involving healthcare and health insurance.

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The Dentzel Menagerie Carousel in Charlotte is open again, after more than a year of being inoperative due to a mechanical problem.

MonroeCounty Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced the carousel’s reopening Friday afternoon. She said that an important original mechanical component of the ride needed to be repaired, which because of the carousel’s age makes it a more difficult fix. However, now that the carousel is back open it’s up and open to the public for free rides on weekends through Columbus Day weekend.

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The Rochester Fringe Festival is two weeks away and already one show is sparking serious conversation. Lee Wright leads the First Inversion choir and they have a show in the festival dedicated to African American spirituals. But recently, some in the community called out Wright for what they say are anti-black images.

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The old Gates police substation in Westgate Plaza has sat empty for roughly a decade. But on Thursday, the Autism Council cut the ribbon for the station’s new life as the Autism Family Information and Referral Services Center.

The center is a one-stop shop for families, educators and people with autism who need help with education, employment or wellness. It doesn’t provide specific services, but staff there meet with drop-in visitors to send them where they need to go.

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Local experts say hate speech and incidents have been on the rise for the last few years. 

A new "H.E.A.T." map designed by the Anti-Defamation League shows these incidents across the nation from last year. The map is an acronym as well: Hate, Extremism, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism. Regional ADL Director Evan Bernstein says the map counts everything from white supremacy propaganda to murder.

An upcoming Rochester Fringe Festival show has caused a huge discussion on social media about the correct way to honor African American spirituals and remember the horrors of slavery. Local musician Lee Wright is slated to perform a concert called Holding on Through Song, which spotlights spirituals, or music created by people in bondage.

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Many in Rochester are mourning the loss of Father Laurence Tracy, who died early Thursday morning due to complications from ALS.

Tracy, a Catholic priest, called the North Clinton Avenue neighborhood home his entire life. He spent many decades fighting to reduce poverty, drug use and sales and to provide better educational, housing and employment opportunities, particularly for the local Latino community.

He considered himself a Puerto Rican at heart and says he became close with the community through his first church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel:

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Major changes are slated for the Genesee Riverway and one of them is the upgrade of the High Falls Terrace Park. Located right next to the Genesee Brewery, the park includes a walking path that connects to the Pont de Rennes Bridge and an observation deck closer to the waterfall.

On Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced ROC the FALLS, a new festival scheduled for the evening of September 7.  She says the festival will feature music, live interactive art and food trucks. The goal is to recognize changes to the area and build on the growing momentum surrounding ROC the Riverway.  

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Rochester Black Pride is in full swing. The four-day festival celebrates LGBT identity and expression among local black people and people of color. It began Wednesday and on Thursday, several local young people came together for the Mocha Day Party, an event in Martin Luther King Jr. Park that brought the LGBT Youth together for food, dancing and games.

Organizer Adrian Elim says the goal of the festival is to both celebrate LGBT identities but to also provide safe spaces:

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