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.

Blue Ivy Delivers Adorable Cover of the Negro National Anthem

Blue Ivy Delivers Adorable Cover of the Negro National Anthem

Looks like talent didn’t fall too far from the tree! In Beyoncé’s new Netflix documentary, “Homecoming,” the “Formation” signer and Jay Z’s eldest daughter Blu Ivy sings the negro national anthem, Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This isn’t the first time Blue has been featured in her parent’s work. We can …

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Community and Cops Talk About Stigmas, the Police Exam and How to Build a Relationship

Community and Cops Talk About Stigmas, the Police Exam and How to Build a Relationship

One omnipresent topic that has been blowing up the news since the murder of Michael Brown is police brutality. At one point, it seemed as though every day reporters covered the same story with a different name of an unarmed Black person who was killed by a cop. The mistreatment of Black and brown bodies …

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What's the Status of Black Education on Long Island? Community Gathers to See What's Up

What’s the Status of Black Education on Long Island? Community Gathers to See What’s Up

Wayne Thompson, who came from humble beginnings, immigrated from Jamaica at the age of 14 years old and is now the vice president of telecommunications and internet management at Altice. When asked what the turning point was in his life, he credited mentorship and education. During the Long Island Urban League‘s State of Black Education …

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The Mental Health Benefits of Art and Artist Showcases like The Art of Brunch'n

The Mental Health Benefits of Art and Artist Showcases like The Art of Brunch’n

Event curator, founder of Colored Colors and artist Jose Tutiven will tell you that art literally saved his life after pulling him out of a dark place. “Art to me became my therapy,” said Tutiven. “I would sit in my room for hours and just paint my feelings, which would bring me a sense of …

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Award Ceremony Highlights the Millennials Making Moves on Long Island

Award Ceremony Highlights the Millennials Making Moves on Long Island

Ten millennial Long Islanders were highlighted for their contributions to the community last week when honored at the Millennial Awards at the Holiday Inn in Stony Brook. “I think a lot of people think we’re [millennials] lazy and like to take the easy way out,” said Long Islander, millennial and attendee Jillian Habersaat. “I definitely …

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Talented Teen Designer Egypt Ufele Embraces Her Mother's Foundation

Talented Teen Designer Egypt Ufele Embraces Her Mother’s Foundation

Proclamations, awards and articles fill young Egypt Ufele’s work space, which is a credit to how much the fashion designer has accomplished in her short 13 years of life. She’s traveled to the Virgin Islands, California, Africa and other regions of the world putting out highly acclaimed designs and speaking on behave of those who …

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"Sistas On Fire" Newsical Answers the Question "Why Are Black Women So Mad?" (Review)

“Sistas On Fire” Newsical Answers the Question “Why Are Black Women So Mad?” (Review)

In a small intimate theater in the East Village, a crowd came out to view society through the lens of a Black woman. No assumptions were made and stereotypes were not tolerated as the three-woman cast of “Sistas on Fire” directly explained why are Black women so mad. Topics such as female genital mutilation, hypocrisy, …

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