Shades of Long Island Brings Out Big Diverse Crowd for Networking and Website Revamp

By: Miya Jones
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Shades of Long Island Brings Out Big Diverse Crowd for Networking and Website Revamp

We’re back and better than ever with our new website (in case you didn’t realize already). In kicking off the new look with a website launch/networking mixer, we caught the attention and presence of over 100 of Long Island’s own last week at Plainview’s Digital Ballpark.

The diverse crowd consisted of people from all walks of life who gathered to hear about the mission of Shades of Long Island and swap business cards. The evening allowed for senior business owners, like the legendary and experienced Vera Moore, new entrepreneurs (like myself), artists, podcasters, financial advisers and more to collectively come together in a comfortable space to meet new people or reconnect with old friends.


After a solid hour and a half of networking, yours truly along with Godson Michel of The Blue Surge Marketing, unveiled what you see here, a brand new skillfully crafted website that documents all things culture, diversity and youth on Long Island.

Godson Michel 📸: Jamal Smart

We have a new and improved events page and fresh posts from content creators on Long Island and abroad. Also, be on the lookout for our unique one-of-a-kind directory. It is a diverse Yelp, meaning, if you’re looking for a Black-owned business on Long Island, we got you. If you want to patron a Latino business, no problem. If you’re searching for a veteran-owned business or a company owned by a millennial, this is the place to visit.

“The idea of a directory is paramount,” said Long Island resident and event attendee Gregory Alerte. “It will provide an opportunity for people of all demographics to consider giving their hard-earned dollars to many deserving Black and minority-owned businesses. Economically speaking, it would also increase competition, forcing businesses at large to improve their service and value propositions.”

Feel free to look around and explore our new features. If you want to be put on to some exclusive deals and other cool features, subscribe to our newsletter.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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