About Us

Open Mic Rochester is your new favorite online black magazine. We relaunched in 2016 with Shappelle Thompson as Publisher and Tianna Mañón as Editor-in-Chief. Determined to give you true and unbiased reporting, we shifted our focus to hard news because we noticed a lack of credible reporting of Rochester’s black community. Whether it’s sports or politics, we saw our story consistently muddled with stereotypes or pushed to the end of the newscast.

Not at Open Mic. Here, your stories are central. Here, your stories are on the front page. Here, you decide what we cover. We excel at offering new angles and telling you the stories floating just under the radar. We have quickly grown to become a trusted news source through our coverage of the Black Lives Matter rally, gun violence, and a profile of Mayor Lovely Warren.

But we’re not here to just tell the news. We’re here to grow and better the Rochester community using information to properly empower and engage our residents. Rochester is transitioning quickly but it’s future won’t include us without proper information and action.

Open Mic Rochester is one of the fastest-growing magazines locally. We believe in the power of news, information and education as a way to heal and progress Rochester’s residents and we invite you on this journey with us.


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