Jamel Coy Hudson is a multi-talented singer, dancer, actor, musician, comedian, athlete, rhetorician, and educator. His ability to combine education and entertainment into his numerous presentations have allowed him to use his many skills to “edutain” audiences around the country. A native of Long Island, New York Jamel Coy Hudson was exposed to the distinct worlds of education, performing arts, and athletics early on in his life. With both of Jamel’s parents being educators, he was always taught the importance of hard work and applying one’s self through education. With a thorough understanding of the benefits of receiving a proper education, Jamel uses his abilities to encourage students to receive an education and use their abilities for a good cause.
At the tender age of eight, Jamel Coy Hudson made his first appearance on national television on the TV show, American Jr. Idol. After this experience, he began to cultivate his entertainment abilities in several performing arts institutions, in particular, The Gateway Playhouse. At The Gateway Playhouse, Jamel Coy Hudson performed in dozens of children’s theater shows as well as professional productions. While studying at The Gateway Playhouse, he received his membership in the Screen Actors Guild and the Actor’s Equity Association.
Jamel Coy Hudson attended St Anthony’s High School where he continued to perform on stage, excel in his academics, and also involve himself in athletic competitions. While wrestling for St. Anthony’s Jamel Coy Hudson was a 3x Catholic League Champion, 3x Catholic State Champion, a 2x All-State Wrestler and a High School All American. During his senior year, Jamel Coy Hudson captured the New York State Public School Wrestling Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the state tournament. Before winning a State Championship, Jamel made wrestling history by recording the quickest pin state tournament history. He also made history by becoming the first athlete to ever sing the national anthem before capturing a state title. Because of these accomplishments, Jamel Coy Hudson was named St. Anthony’s High school Athlete of the year, Long Island Wrestler of the year, The New York State National Wrestler of the Year, and was featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd.
After graduating from St. Anthony’s, Jamel Coy Hudson received a full athletic scholarship to Hofstra University. While competing for the pride, Jamel Coy Hudson was a 2x NCAA Division 1 National Championship Qualifier, an NWCA All-Academic National Athlete, a New York State Collegiate Champion, a 2x World Teams Trials Qualifier, a 2x FILA Junior All American, a University’s Nationals All American, and was ranked as high as 9th in the country. Jamel Coy Hudson graduated from Hofstra with his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in rhetorical studies. After graduating from Hofstra, Jamel Coy Hudson attended Regent University and received his terminal degree in education.
Jamel Coy Hudson then returned to his alma mater to teach in the Writing Studies and Rhetoric Department. He currently teaches courses in public speaking, advanced public speaking, oral communication, performance studies and also tutors students in the Hofstra Writing Center. Jamel Coy Hudson is also a Lecturer in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at CUNY Baruch College.
Professor Hudson also serves as the Director of Educational Outreach the not-for-profit organization Empower 1 Self, Inc. As the director, Jamel Coy Hudson travels all over the country speaking, conducting seminars, and orchestrating workshops that address topics like bullying, character education, and student-athlete mentorship. Under Jamel Coy Hudson‘s leadership, Empower 1 Self recently launched a summer and winter learning program to provide a safe space for students on Long Island to spend their school recesses. This past year Empower 1 Self was able to service over 100 kids and provide them with a safe space to play, free breakfast and lunch, and daily teachings that emphasized character development.
Jamel Hudson’s work has received numerous awards and he has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN for his ability to edutain audiences of diverse demographics. Although he has accomplished a lot during his short time on this earth, he believes that the Lord has more in store.