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.

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 Islamic 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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Things to Do On Long Island For Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2023

During Indigenous People’s Day, Native traditions are proudly on full display. NPR reported that the very idea of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed in 1977 at a United Nations conference. Years later, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was then first celebrated in South Dakota in 1990. In 2021, President Joe Biden’s administration issued a proclamation declaring …

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Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Long Island

Hispanic Heritage Month began as a way to observe Hispanic culture and traditions. Starting as a week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, it was extended to 30 days in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. Here are a few things Long Island residents can partake in during the annual month-long celebration to honor and …

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Black Authors Festival at Sag Harbor Aims to Highlight African-American Authors

National Black Business Month is here and a large chunk of those business owners, are authors, who have don’t always have the easiest time getting their book out there. This is the mission of the first ever Black Authors Festival at Sag Harbor! Taking place at the Breakwater Yacht Club on Saturday, Aug. 19 starting …

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