Jamal Lloyd Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California to Willie Mae Johnson and Javis Johnson (also known as Uadilifu Kashta). As a standout high school athlete, Jamal played Division 1 collegiate athletics. While in college, Jamal starred in several local commercials and voice overs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After earning his Bachelor's, Jamal studied theater at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has since starred in commercials for Sprite, Gatorade, Heineken and several independent films. Jamal is an advocate of living a fit and healthy lifestyle, and has implemented this philosophy to several of his friends and associates, which include professional athletes, actors, top executives and everyday people.