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One Member Of The Fab Five Is Cuban And We Can’t Get Enough Of Him

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If you don’t know who Karamo Brown is, prepare yourself for your next celebrity heartthrob. He first graced our televisions when he was just 23 years old on “The Real World: Philadelphia.” After a decade out of the spotlight, he’s back in our homes as one fifth of the Fab Five, in Netflix’s rebooted “Queer Eye.”

He’s hands down one of the most interesting, studliest, and sweetest of the Fab Five.

1. He’s Jamaican & Cuban.

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Karamo was born in Houston, Texas, but has lived all over.

In a recent podcast with Johnathan Van Ness (AKA JVN), Brown opened up about his family history. His mother is Jamaican and his father is half Cuban, half Jamaican.

2. He’s the first openly gay black man to star on a reality TV show.

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This was back in 2004, so it was a lot tougher to be openly gay. But Karamo slayed in “The Real World: Philadelphia,” and says that it was one of the hardest things he ever did.

The real gold: watching himself on TV and how he reacted to conflict. He says it changed him as a person.

3. After his MTV stint, he worked as a social worker for 10 years.

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It wasn’t until one of his kids he was working with asked him if he’s following his dreams, that he realized he wasn’t. He decided to spend half his time in social work, and the other getting back into the public sphere.

His first job back out there? With Oprah. Casual.

4. He went from TV Host to Fab 5 of “Queer Eye.”

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Each of the Fab Five carries expertise in either fashion, grooming, cooking, interior design, or culture. Karamo is known for working on the “inside job” of their clients, helping them find their confidence through aerial art, or getting through to a cop on why Black Lives Matter. Basically, you’re always crying happy tears when you’re watching this show.

Karamo’s dedication to his own inside job is inspo for all of us. His backstory is pretty incredible…

5. He watched his father destroy his family.

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Brown grew up middle class, but when his father decided to quit accounting and become a DJ, they lost everything. In his own words, “Life went from nice, middle class, immigrant family, to like extremely poor, moving out in the middle of the night.”

6. “My drive comes from watching the decline and seeing my mother build us back up.”

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He says that watching his father abuse his mother gave him this drive to be better, and be the best man he can be. He’s conscience of what he’s inherited from his father, like shutting down during conflict, and tries to change it.

7. Brown went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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When his parents got divorced, his dad made him move from Texas. He said the one thing he did right was find the cheapest apartment in the school zone that would land him at Stoneman.

Caption: “The raised/ clenched fist is a salute to express unity, strength & resistance among oppressed people against any person or entity that would try to destroy the very fabric of human equality, respect & love. I raise & clench my fist to #Trump #Racism#SexualPredators #Misogynist and many more! You shall not win!”

8. “That school made me an activist.”

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In his own words, “When the shooting happened, I wasn’t surprised that these students were like, “Enough is enough”, because activism is engrained in you from the first period of the first day of 9th grade.”

9. Karamo came out when he was 15 or 16 years old.

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Caribbean culture, especially Jamaican culture is extremely homophobic, so his father had a hard time reconciling his religious beliefs with his son’s sexuality.

10. In 2007, he found out he’s a father!

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Brown met Stephanie when he was 15 and they quickly became best friends…who also lost their virginity to each other. Over ten years later, he was served documents asking for child support. I mean, of course, Karamo stepped up and is a loving father. He later adopted his biological son’s half brother.

11. On May 10th, Karamo got engaged!

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Caption: “Last night, in front of family & friends, I asked my best friend and the love of my life, “will you marry me?” He said YESSS!!!! I’m engaged!”

12. Karamo has been writing for The Advocate since 2014.

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Can you tell he’s a huge advocate for the gays? Check him out with Stephanie Beatriz and Laith Ashley de la Cruz at Pride this year. You cute, boo.

13. This year, he won the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award!

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. On Top. 27 June 2018.

“As an out and proud gay man, Karamo Brown is using his incredible talent and public visibility to raise awareness and find solutions to the unique challenges LGBTQ people face,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a news release.

14. He even cofounded the nonprofit 6in10.

CREDIT: “Fist” Digital Image. Advocate. 28 June 2018.

As in 6 in every 10 gay or bisexual black men will test positive for HIV. 6in10 aims to reduce the stigma associated with HIV, and offer mental health resources for the LGBT community.

15. Oh, and he’s a low-key animal activist, too.

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Caption: “Spending my morning cleaning, feeding & playing w/ rescued & humanely cared for elephants. #PleaseStopRidingThem🚳#ElephantsAreNotBuses #Thailand🇹🇭#WorldTraveler”

16. Karamo is the youngest of four sisters.

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And with “Queer Eye,” he’s found himself another set of fabulous men that are like sisters to him.

 17. Karamo & JVN would have been prom King & Queen in high school…

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According to themselves in JVN’s podcast episode, “Who gave you permission to be so cute? featuring Karamo Brown.” Karamo was a football player and JVN was a cheerleader and you *know* they would be cutest couple. For now, they’re the cutest best friends and I’m here for it.

18. As serious as he is about making changes in the world, he’s also a joker.

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After Antoni posted a legit serious picture of himself in a bathrobe wearing non-prescription glasses with a cup of tea, every single one of the Fab Five posted their version mocking him.

Caption: “Well since you all asked what I was doing… ironically the same thing as @antoni @jvn & @bobbyberk Just relaxing at home with glasses that aren’t prescription, a tea mug that is empty, junk food and a plant in my bed.”

19. Ya boy’s a Scorpio–born on November 2nd.

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Caption: “Thought I’d do a #ThrowbackThursday of my senior yearbook pic. I was 18 years old here. If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be “Stop letting people’s limited perspectives cause you to doubt yourself… you have a bright future ahead of you kid, just believe.””

20. He’s also an American Express Ambassador.

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Ok, so it’s the least interesting thing about him, but now I want an AmEx to be even a little bit more like him.

Follow him @karamobrown on Twitter and Instagram for all the emotional support you’ll need in your life. ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜

Here Are The Internet's 20 Best Reactions To #BRAMEX And Mexico's Defeat

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Here Are The Internet’s 20 Best Reactions To #BRAMEX And Mexico’s Defeat

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ICYMI, FIFA’s World Cup is going down in the heart of Russia, and it’s going down. For the seventh consecutive time, Mexico has failed to advance past the round of 16. Mexico started strong, beating Germany, the defending champions, 1-0, but people are starting to wonder if a curse has taken hold over the team.

Mostly, the Internet is vexed as eff over Brazil’s star player, Neymar, and the resulting memes are life-giving. Behold, the best reactions from stans around the world.

1. This dad and his swift allegiance shift:

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This 17 second video has been viewed 170,000 times by internet users. He literally just walks outside, takes down the Mexican flag, and immediately puts up the Brazilian. 😂

2. Enter: the Neymar Memes

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Mexico’s coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, won’t mention Brazil’s Neymar by name, but did comment on what he believes to be an outrageous amount of playacting in the second half.

“I think this is a very negative example for the world and the world of football and all the children following this game.”

3. Mexican fans immediately took to Photoshop:

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We are a culture rich in creative arts, including digital media, and we’re here for it, especially watching Neymar take his sweet time getting back to his feet every time he hit the ground.

4. By far, the best PS job is of Neymar in a baby chair. 🤣

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At one point, Mexican midfielder Miguel Layun approached Neymar to grab the ball and pressed his cleat onto Neymar’s ankle. Neymar immediately started rocking in a fetal position and started writhing on his back.

5. Brazilians are fiercely defending Neymar’s reaction.

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The game had to be paused for several minutes while he was examined, leaving Mexicans (y casi todo) pretty frustrated. Brazilians have come out in full support of Neymar, tweeting out photos of Layun’s foot on Neymar’s ankle.

6. Oh, and Mexico fans are not backing down.

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Even though Brazil won, Mexico stans continue to mock the Brazilians, tweeting out GIFS of people rolling down a hill as a representation of how Brazilians must be celebrating the win–with lots of drama.

7. Fans are even getting up in Neymar’s Twitter account.

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Neymar’s first tweet after the victory was, “God bless us and protect us” alongside a picture of himself. Ensue the all caps, Mexicanas enojadas, demands: “And are you going to stop with the drama or when?”

8. They even started applauding Neymar’s performance on the field as only Mexico fans can.

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I’m sorry, but anything with Leonardo DiCaprio from “The Wolf of Wall Street” is always immediately funny. Que payaso.

9. The Oscars just keep coming.

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Just imagine how the Internet would break if Neymar did win an Oscar after all. Someone send us tape of Neymar practicing when he thinks nobody is watching. I’d like to see how quickly he gets up then.

10. Truly, Mexico fans are talented.

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Although, they argue that the talent is all Neymar, but not for his footwork. Please note, that these are fans that are literally tweeting these photos @neymarjr. 🤭

11. … and don’t have time to spare for the theatrics.

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Latinos are at least 40 minutes late to every engagement, but you can watch the beads of sweat drip down Papa’s red face for those grueling 4 minutes. It was a stressful time, OK?

12. The Internet even compared Neymar to mazapán! 🌹

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Get it? Because he’s so fragile? Go see for yourself all the Simpsons videos of Neymar high-fiving a teammate and immediately dropping to the ground like a turtle stuck on his back.

13. Every action figure of Neymar should come with a “fragíl” label.

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Recall all the figurines on the shelves, folks, because it’s missing a major part of Neymar’s character. Girls, raise your hand if you wish you could attach this label to the male ego in your life:

 🙋🏼🙋🏽🙋🏾🙋🏿

14. Finally, the Internet came up with a solution for Neymar:

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We are just so helpful sometimes, tú sabes? I just can’t wait for the rest of the World Cup to see how Neymar adjusts his “performance.”

15. Brazil fans could be pointing this out, but Mexico didn’t want to waste an evil laugh:

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For all the flack that Neymar is getting for the over the top reactions, the truth is that Mexico’s Layún really did step on his ankle. Oh and earlier in the match, he got so impatient with the time it was taking for Neymar to stand up on his own that he literally pulled Neymar up off the ground.

You know, to be helpful. 😇

16. Neymar’s fans, however, are setting the record straight.

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As it turns out, Neymar had surgery on that ankle just two months before. But like, that’s soccer, right?

17. Mexico fans stand by goalie Guillermo Ochoa.

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While, yes, two goals were made against Mexico, Ochoa made eight saves and even shut down a tight play from Neymar. ESPN ranked him as the best playing member of the Mexican team.

18. While Brazilians are mostly celebrating offline, they’re still gloating online.

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Anyone out there speak Portuguese? We know this is something about big pitos but comment below if you can tell us what the stans are saying!

19. OK, Brazil, we see you:

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And TBH, even if your favorite team didn’t make it, I’m here to support pretty much any Latino country coming out on top. So pull out your Brazilian fan and switch flags ASAP.

20. Because Mexicanos will always find a reason to party and be happy. 😚🇲🇽

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There’s always next year, right?! Imaginemos cosas chingonas en 2022, baby!


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