Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

-Oscar Wilde

To his credit, Mr. Joe McClain Jr. has penned nine novels, with two becoming best sellers on Amazon. His book BANDAGES, reached #1. His fourth novel, A Black Man Has 9 Lives, peaked at #29. What started in 2013 as a hobby has turned into a journey that he couldn't even see himself going on. His writings have sold all over the world in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Japan, The UK, Australia, Malaysia and over 11 countries in all. They have even been obtained by some of the most prolific people in the entertainment industry to include members of Floyd Mayweather's Money Team, Mark Cuban, Wu Tang Clan co-founder GZA , actor Duane Martin, Grammy Award winning R&B singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger, Alfonso Riberio and many more. His publishing company, Uprock Publications, which is ran by his business partner and Chief Executive Officer Caujuan Mayo, has penned several top 30 best selling novels since 2012. This success has led to many marketing and brand opportunities, which has included expansion in support of many active NFL players and alumni. With a reading and writing initiative that attempts to increase literacy and writing comprehension in urban environments throughout America, his purpose is one that will benefit youth and young adults for many years to come.

Joe and legendary actor Laurence Fishburne pose for a photo op at the 2019 San Diego International Film Festival, hosted at The Pendry Hotel.