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.

The BOP Open Mic Night Aims to Make Long Island a Poetry Destination

Last summer, the Recording Academy made the decision to show poets love, adding the category Best Spoken Word Poetry Album to their list of Grammy awards. Spoken Word Artist Dillon Brown’s goal is to bring some of that recognition Long Island’s way. “Long Island is where I call home and [I want] to create a …

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Nassau County Hires Cybersecurity Firm Following Cyber Attacks in Suffolk County

Nassau County Hires Cybersecurity Firm Following Cyber Attacks in Suffolk County

A major cyber attack on the Suffolk County government back in September has prompted their neighboring county to partner with a cyber security firm for extra support according to resolution from the Rules Committee of the Nassau County Legislature. On Dec. 5, the committee voted unanimously to approve a contract related to cybersecurity services for Nassau County. …

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Petition Calls For Gov. Kathy Hochul to Save Freeport's Cleveland Park

Petition Calls For Gov. Kathy Hochul to Save Freeport’s Cleveland Park

A petition with over 1,600 signatures, along with several residents, are calling on Gov. Kathy Hochul to stop the controversial $49 million sale and rezoning of Freeport’s Clevland Park to a developer. The petition was created by local Activist Myles Hollingsworth. “We’re clearly saying we want the preservation of green space,” said Hollingsworth. “If that …

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PJs For the Culture - World’s Only Black-Owned Holiday Pajama Line Created By this Long Island Mother-Son Duo

PJs for the Culture – World’s Only Black-Owned Holiday Pajama Line Created By this Long Island Mother-Son Duo

Nothing screams holiday season like matching family pajamas. Warm, bell covered long-sleeves adorning everyone’s favorite jolly figure are part of what sets the holidays off. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of representation for BIPOC communities when it comes to figures and characters on our favorite festive fashions. The founders of PJs for the …

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Shades of Long Island National Black Business Month Networking Mixer & Fireside Chat Recap

Shades of Long Island National Black Business Month Networking Mixer & Fireside Chat Recap

At the Digital Ballpark in Plainview, Long Island professionals came together to network, exchange ideas and receive gems during our info-packed fireside chat. Networking with food and Vidigal Wine sponsored by Grayscale Media was followed by a discussion with Lionel Chitty, the Nassau County Executive Director for Minority Affairs. Chitty’s witty and insightful commentary informed …

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The Can't-Miss Long Island Networking Event That is Honoring National Black Business Month

The Can’t-Miss Long Island Networking Event That is Honoring National Black Business Month

Running a small business can be tough. A million tabs a day are constantly open in your mind and on your laptop. Between emails, newsletters, demographics, content creation, meetings we could go on forever with a myriad of tasks that come with owning your own business. During Long Island’s premier networking event at the Digital …

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Black Women in Media Aims to Circulate the Black Dollar While Celebrating Blackness During Juneteenth Event

According to a study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth, the Black dollar only stays within the Black community after one purchase. In white communities, a dollar circulates numerous times. In the Hispanic community, a dollar circulates six times and in the Asian community, it circulates nine times. One organization working to increase …

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Let's Kick it with the Joneses - Favorite Travel Destinations

Let’s Kick it with the Joneses – Favorite Travel Destinations

What’s your favorite part about traveling? What’s your least favorite? This week, we’re discussing our most memorable travel experiences – the good and the bad. Which travel destinations are on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments! We hope you enjoyed our family #talkshow together on YouTube with our laughter, jokes, moments discussed, …

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