Joel Leon. (aka me)
Storyteller. Father. Recovering Rapper.
"Joel's words are where I go when I need some inspiration. And he never lets me down." - Lin-Manuel Miranda (Yeah, that Lin.)
Joel L. Daniels, also known as Joel Leon, is a performer, author and story-teller who writes and tells stories for Black people.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Joel specializes in moderating and leading conversations surrounding race, masculinity, mental health, creativity and the performing arts, with love at the center of his work and purpose. He is a F.H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts alum, and author of "Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter" and "God Wears Durags, Too".
His recent TED talk on healthy coparenting has been viewed over 1M times, globally. He’s worked with The Gates Foundation, and has been featured on the TODAY Show, Insider, the Columbia Journal, BBC News, Sirius XM, Forbes, Medium, Philadelphia Printworks, Blavity, and the Huffington Post.
He has spoken/performed at the Apollo Theater, Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Columbia University, NYU and Webster Hall.
He lives in Brooklyn and is the father to Lilah and West.
Poems, But Make It Wall Art
Hang my words on a wall. In a frame. By your toaster. Or your ex mother-in-law’s collection of antique ragtime dolls. Whatevs.
Book Me? —
(Will work for tacos, sour gummies...and $$$)
I specialize in moderating and leading conversations surrounding race, masculinity, mental health advocacy, activism, creativity and the performing arts, with love at the center of my work and purpose.
Guest on your podcast? Moderate or participate at your next panel? Keynote speaker? Facilitate/lead a workshop? Perform at your baby cousin’s quinceañera? Ring bearer for a wedding I don’t een wanna be at?
I do mad tings.Shoot me a holla.