Angela de Joseph is the writer-producer-director of State of Emergency: Tackling Black Men’s Health, a documentary that addresses the health crisis among African American men and has been embraced by the National Medical Association, American Diabetes Association and Healthy African American Families II. She is a certified enrollment counselor for Covered CA and has enrolled hundreds of families in affordable health insurance or qualified them for Medi-Cal.
De Joseph is passionate about health. Her interest in health and community wellness began at an early age. She was devastated to see members of her family succumb to preventable diseases and vowed to help other families. Her eldest brother is a pediatrician and developer of proprietary medical safety software, who founded an inner city medical clinic. The clinic was located in a multi-ethnic area ravished by poverty, where the residents had minimal access to quality medical care. It was these experiences that led her to start a health ministry reaching out to underserved areas of Los Angeles.
An Emmy-nominated filmmaker and health consultant/advocate, de Joseph began her career while she was still in college and was hired by Essence Magazine to serve as their associate beauty editor. De Joseph subsequently entered and completed film school. Her first film, It’s in the Bag, aired on Showtime and won the Black Cinema Society Award as well as awards at several film festivals. That same year, de Joseph won a fellowship to study screenwriting at the USC School of Cinema. A few years later, de Joseph won the NAACP Theater Award for best play and best playwright for The Chest.
In 2017, she spread her wings into the political arena and launched Indivisible Watu, a grass roots community activism organization. To date Watu has been instrumental in the battles to save the Affordable Care Act, protect voting rights and criminal justice reform. She produced the successful “Women of Color Roar” breakfast to encourage young women to run for office.
Angela is the founder of African Wonders Hair Products and a graduate of the Black Women’s Institute for Leadership Development. She is the host of an online talk show, “The Angela de Joseph Show” and the author of Angela de Joseph’s Body Blast, an exercise and nutritional guide.
After moving to San Diego, Angela began writing for the “Voice and Viewpoint,” San Diego Monitor News and “Indian Voices” newspapers. She recently produced “Rock the Vote San Diego” a community voter mobilization event at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park.