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.

Baldwin School District Among First to Implement Innovative On-Site Wellness Center

Students and families in the Baldwin school district will now be able to address any mental health issues they face for free at the newly created Baldwin┬áSchools Wellness Center. In partnership with PM Pediatrics, the center officially opened on March 21. Thanks to a $3 million grant secured by former New York State Congresswoman Kathleen …

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Love Wins International Film Festival to Celebrate 10th Year at LGBT Network Headquarters

The 10th annual Love Wins International Film Festival is set to bring a night of recognition, fun and praise to hardworking filmmakers. The festival was founded in 2014 by award-winning actor, writer, director and Producer Jaret Martino. The Long Island native named the event after his production company, Love Wins Productions. The festival will screen …

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(Exclusive) Tamron Hall, Marcus Samuelsson, Ralph McDaniels and More to Be Honored During 2024 Black Authors’ Festival at Sag Harbor

The second annual Black Authors’ Festival at Sag Harbor is welcoming impressive and trailblazing honorees this year, which includes television personalities, entrepreneurs and cultural icons. The full list of honorees include: Emmy-award winning talk show host and broadcast journalist Tamron Hall, eight-time James Beard award-winning celebrity chef and Restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Hip Hop Pioneer Ralph …

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Literary Discussion at Molloy Set to Tackle Book Banning and Inequities in Education

Molloy University is partnering with Verdel Jones and Darlene Williams, co-founders of the Black Authors Festival at Sag Harbor, for a raw and real discussion on the power of literacy, book censorship, achievement gaps and inequities that exist within the school system. In 2022, it was reported that 56% of Black fourth grade students were …

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Man Arrested For Trespassing and Harassment After Causing a Scene at a Melville Mosque

Last Thursday, an East Northport man was arrested for trespassing and harassment after entering and allegedly refusing to leave a mosque in Melville according to police. Law enforcement stated, 46, knocked on the door and was let in by an employee. Endler then allegedly began yelling at employees as soon as he entered the┬áIslamic Center …

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(Exclusive) Girls Who Brunch Tour Comes to New York For the First Time at Wyandanch Memorial High School

The season of giving may be over, but Dr. Ni’Cola Mitchell, founder of the Girls Who Brunch Tour, has found a way to give back in a meaningful way through her nonprofit all year ’round. “I’ve 100% grown with Girls Who Brunch, so I know any girl that comes definitely can and will,” said 17-year-old …

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Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce Hosts Unique Honoree Ceremony For Black Media

During minority business week on Oct. 11, the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce hosted their inaugural Salute to Black Media Awards Night. The historic event happened at the Lorraine Gregory Communications studio and marketing office in Edgewood. “At the chamber, our organization can be a catalyst to stimulate the growth of Black Media …

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