Meet Joa MacNalie, Children's Author and Speaker


November 03, 2019

Author Joa Macnalie will appear on the Tamika Hall Radio Show, Monday, November 18, 2019, at 6 PM EST. Tune in live on www.iworship96.com or download the phone app from your app store: iTunes  | Google Play | Blackberry 

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ABOUT JOA MACNALIE

Joa Macnalie is a Haitian-American author, influencer, motivational speaker, and two-time business owner. She is the CEO/Founder of Macnalie Books; a company committed to writing “Dope Books for the Culture” while influencing the way Black History is taught in educational systems globally.  She is also the CEO/Founder of a styling and fashion-consulting company called WhoDressedU?

Joa is a post-graduate student of Liberty University with a Master's degree focus in Professional Counseling. At just twenty-eight years old, she’s had a considerable amount of experience working as a counselor. Ms. Joa jump-started her career as a clinical case manager and beginning therapist at the Salvation Army, working with substance abuse patients in the Article 31 Mental Health program. She’s also worked as a Behavioral Therapist and Motivational Coach serving at-risk youth within NYC public school systems, as her passion is rooted in early education and inspiring the youth. “If children are the future, it’s important we give them something to look forward to.”

Joa was a stellar student-athlete graduating with high honors at Southern Vermont College where she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology. While there, she learned the importance of making your mark and leaving a legacy. She was the captain of her basketball team; a 3 time MVP, The Scott McKenzie Sportswoman Of the Year, and entered into the 1,000 point club in her junior year to retire her #22 jersey.  In her tenure, she surpassed the all-time scoring leader and became the first Black female athlete to do so. Joa often uses sports to engage youth and adolescents, because studies show that physical recreation, especially in impoverished areas help to manage anger and regulate behavioral and mental health issues. “Growing up, sports was an outlet for me to work out my own family dysfunctions; it was how I dreamed my way out.” 

Joa’s first published work is a children’s book titled The Hero in the Helmet, based on super-star athlete and social activist Colin Kaepernick and the NFL protests he led. His courage to speak out against police brutality and racial injustice despite the personal and professional risks inspired the project. “For many of us, Colin Kaepernick is a hero under that helmet; the Jackie Robinson, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Muhammad Ali of our time, and I am honored to esteem him in my work,” says Joa. Since the publication of her debut book in May of 2018, Joa has experienced uncommon success having been featured in countless magazines, newspapers, and radio shows.  She can be seen conducting book readings and workshops for various schools statewide, touring the country doing meet and greets, and speaking/ signing books at national events including: Malcolm X’s Annual Commemoration, National Action Network Convention, The Congressional Black Caucus, Black Writers Weekend, BookCon, Book Expo, and so much more.

Her book has made it in the hands of namely people including but not limited to: Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Shaun King, Charlamagne tha God, Akon, The Honorable Ilyasah Shabazz, Herb Boyd and many others.

At the top of 2019, Joa released her sequel book B is for Brotherhood to complete what she calls “The Athletes and Activism Series” on Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. She has been nominated for ‘Children’s Book of the Year’ by the Indie Author Legacy Awards, is the recipient of the Inspired by You Award that recognizes ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’ and was featured in Book Life and Publisher’s Weekly article for winning The Spark trophy at BookCon. Her book will also compete in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Club in the fall of 2019 for the golden spark award.

Website: https://www.joamacnalie.com/

Instagram: @joa.macnalie