I may not be from Rochester, but I know many people that call it home. I'm originally from the Finger Lakes Area, and am very happy to be making a transition to WXIR.
Growing up, I was taught that children ought to be seen and not heard, especially when there's grown folks in the room. I didn't know it then, but adapting that mindset really confused me when it came for me to be able to speak my mind.
I was the only person of color to graduate from my high school. In school, everyone told me that my future career was somehow, going to involve my voice. They would tell me that I'm destined to be the next Morgan Freeman, and that they couldn't wait to hear me on the radio, which conflicted with my mindset so hard, because I couldn't imagine a world where people *wanted* to hear what I have to say.
Now, my ultimate goal in life is to ensure that others may be heard, and be unafraid to speak their mind, like I myself once was. That goal is a part of the Mission That's What's Up! aims to serve.