Ernie Hudson, Jr.

An Empowerment Speaker who is best know as an Author, Actor, and Film Producer

“I have always believed that the purpose of any person, is to sincerely work towards one’s own self-actualization. Once it is perceived that some substantive portion of that work has been done, one should work towards the assistance of others on that journey, by sharing the developmental tools that they’ve found most successful. For myself, performance paradigms have been amazing developmental tools. That means that my work at this stage in life is that of “Facilitator”- to assist those on their journey, and to assist them in making their life performance process easier, by sharing insight on the paradigms of performance as a tool of self-actualization.”
Photo from "The Karma Club" 2016

Biography
Ernie Hudson, Jr.

"The relationship between an actor, the script, and the finished product is one of intimacy, and the essence of the art." - Ernie Hudson, Jr.

Earnest on set

BIOGRAPHY

Ernie Hudson, Jr.

The son of Dr. Jeannie L. Hudson, Ph. D., and veteran film, television, and Broadway actor Ernie Hudson, Ernie's earliest performance influence was Detroit’s famed Black theatrical movement “Concept East,” of which his father was a contributing playwright/actor during the early 1970’s. Witnessing performances from such directors, playwrights, and actors as Ron Milner, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lloyd Richards, Cliff Roquemore, and the many others who passed through Concept East on their way towards stage and screen prominence, greatly influenced Ernie to pursue a professional career in film and television, applying those same performance paradigms to all things in life, particularly his interpersonal relationships, and his corporate training work.  
 
“I have always believed that the purpose of any person, is to sincerely work towards one’s own self-actualization. Once it is perceived that some substantive portion of that work has been done, one should work towards the assistance of others on that journey, by sharing the developmental tools that they’ve found most successful. For myself, performance paradigms have been amazing developmental tools. That means that my work at this stage in life is that of “Facilitator”- to assist those on their journey, and to assist them in making their life performance process easier, by sharing insight on the paradigms of performance as a tool of self-actualization.” 
 
Ernie’s formal performance training began at Los Angeles’ famed Black theater playhouse, Inner City Cultural Center (ICCC), as one of the founding participants in their Children’s Repertory Company. At ICCC, Ernie trained with Black theatre’s elite, learning that performance quality is a life standard as much as it is an art. As an adult, he continued to pursue performance excellence by attaining the rank of Black Belt, while concurrently graduating with high honors from film school. In keeping with sharing his gifts, Earnest served his martial arts school as an Instructor, and taught Hip Hop dance lessons to young people in need of mentors. As a seminal member of Los Angeles’ famed Original L.A. Breakers dance crew, an alternative dance group created to address the then epidemic teenage gang lifestyle that plagued Los Angeles, Ernie appeared on numerous television shows, with those efforts culminating in a performance in the Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. 
 
Earnest honed his skills of leadership and consulting by sojourning into corporate management. As a Training Specialist/Speaker in the corporate environment, Ernie enthusiastically encourages developing professionals to actualize their best self through performance. His analytical skills-set, and ability to intimately connect with others, allows Earnest to touch the lives of those who remain in his presence. In true artistic fashion, Ernie continues to professionally perform, expanding his skills-set with the recent release of the contemplative book, “Freestyle Prophecies & Sacred Ciphers” (available at www.erniehudsonjr.com) and the soon to be released feature, “The Karma Club,” in which Ernie serves as principal actor and Associate Producer. 
 
Ernie is a lifetime member of American Mensa, active in various charitable organizations, continues to train corporate executives, and is a devoted family man. He currently resides in Queens, NY, where he and his wife homeschool their children. 
An Empowerment Speaker who is best known as an Author, Actor, and Film Producer

Film, Television, & Media Credits

Film
  • "The Karma Club" 2016 (Indie)   Principal
  • "Double Down" 2006 (Indie)    Principal
  • "Our Lips are Sealed" 2001 (Warner Bros.)  Principal
  • “Swordfish” (2000) (Warner Bros.)   Supporting
  • "The Wrecking Crew" 2000 (Lion’s Gate)  Principal
  • "Urban Menace" 1999  (Lion’s Gate)   Principal
  • "Corrupt" 1999 (Lion’s Gate)    Principal
  • "Candyman: Day of the Dead" 1998 (Lion's Gate)  Supporting
  • "Butter" 1997 (HBO) Supporting 
 
 
Series Regular 
  • "Oz" 1999 - 2000 (HBO)    Reoccurring Guest Star 
 
 
Television
  • “JAG” 2002 (CBS)     Guest Star
  • "The Norm Show" 2000 (ABC)   Guest Star
  • "Touched by an Angel" 2000 (ABC)   Guest Star
  • "The Practice" 1999 (NBC)    Guest Star
  • “Martial Law” 1998 (CBS)    Guest Star
  • "Soldier of Fortune" 1998 (CBS)   Guest Star
  • "TJ Hooker" 1984 (ABC)    Guest Star 
 
 
Voice Over 
  • BMW 2004
  • Johnson & Johnson 2002
  • Squirt Soda 2000 
 
 
Producer 
  • “The Karma Club” 2016 (Indie)   Associate Producer  
  • "Double Down" 2006 (Indie)    Co-Producer 
 
Print
  • Vibe Magazine June 1999 "Oz" Centerfold Layout 

Books 
  • "Freestyle Prophecies & Sacred Ciphers" 2016 (Self Published) 
 

"If my Craft only serves my needs, then my talent is of no benefit to anyone else. It's important to me to that my talent serves my community, and humanity as a whole."

What My Supporters Say

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  • "Maybe it’s because I’m a mom who is in love, but the work in Freestyle Prophecies and Sacred Ciphers by Earnest L. Hudson, Jr. touched my heart and warmed my soul. The first 39 pages of this book are praise songs for the most part, pulsing with love and positivity and pride. I enjoyed them terribly. I wrapped my arms around the words as I said them out loud repeatedly in my own private spoken word performance.

    I am going to share the paeans of cultural pride with my sons. I will read the poems “Legacy” and “Reach” to excite them about their origins and their future triumphs. I will let them feel the hope and joy spread by the author.

    I will shut my bedroom door and whisper the sweet odes to Afrikan love to the one who touches me.. deeply. See page 34.

    Read this book if you are like me, a woman who would appreciate a praise poem, like “Do U Know Who U/R?” for you will be uplifted when you are reminded that you are the:

    ”Mother of Civlization,
    Cream of the Planet Earth,
    Blessed by God
    to nurture seed
    and give birth.”

    However, you must gird yourself to read the remaining pages of this work. I suggest you take a break before moving forward. The sweet tributes disappear and Mr. Hudson ponders injustice. He is brave and accountable in his writings but he also expresses vulnerability and hurt and there is pain in the pages and the stories he tells. His struggle is palpable, his disappointment profound as in “Orisa Will Not Be Coming Down.”

    “I looked around the room.
    and my eyes began to water.
    and my spirit began to cry.”

    When you read this book, your spirit will soar but you will cry too. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and expect to return to it many times for inspiration and reflection."

    Penelope Codrington

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