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Karamo Brown Slayed Season 3 Of “Queer Eye” And Deserves A Promotion

Hunny, if you have yet to watch Netflix’s latest edition of Queer Eye, we know what you have planned this weekend. Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye has had an explosive reception in both the LGBTQ community and the gen pop alike. Our new #FabFive is made up of grooming, food, design, fashion and ‘culture’ experts.

Afro-Cuban Karamo Brown is marketed as the “culture” expert but he does so much more. With his background in basically professional emotional intimacy, he breaks down walls and helps people rebuild their self-esteem on their own terms. Season 3 gave us black girl magic and BBQ sauce like you never knew you needed. Vamos a ver.

You should know that Karamo once worked with Oprah.

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He worked as a social worker for ten years after becoming the first black gay man on a reality television series (The Real World: Philadelphia). Then he went back into entertainment as a TV host for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Fans appreciate his ability to make them weep on the spot.

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His message is tested and true: you are worthy of all your dreams. Karamo Brown might be the most inspiring, motivating guy on the planet and every motivational speech hits home every time.

This season, his love for physical metaphors of life lessons were extra.

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Karamo helped Robert Hitchcock see himself how others see him before his wedding day. How? He took him to a dance studio and had him write positive affirmations about himself on the mirror. “This is how your fiancé sees you.” YES.

Brown even had shy Thomas knock down a literal wall of wooden crates i.e. his own emotional barriers to the world.

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He helped father-to-be Tony Blanco hit the gym in matching sweatsuits and even helped him workshop some baby exercises (i.e. diaper changing) while at the gym.

Then we met the first ever lesbian on Queer Eye, “lumberjack lesbian” Jess Guilbeaux.

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We were not prepared for the life-changing emotional connection Karamo and Jess were going to have, or the tears that ensued. Prepare yourself.

When she was 16 years old, her adopted family kicked her out after she was outed.

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She had no grace period. She just had to leave with nothing but the clothes on her back and has been on her own since. She tried to go to college, but dropped out after the student loan debt became overwhelming.

Meanwhile, the Internet has stanned @jesslayica like nothing else.

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She now has 28k followers on Instagram and more on Twitter. We all want to be her family.

Jess opened up to Karamo about feeling “not black enough.”

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She felt outcasted for liking Paramore (who by the way, gave her a Twitter shout out). And, boy, did his cultural expertise come in handy.

She told Karamo that all she wanted was to feel like a “strong, black, lesbian woman.”

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She wanted to feel connected to her culture, to some kind of root system. Karamo went above and beyond to show her that she already is that strong, black woman.

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Since the episode aired, her Instagram bio reads “a strong, black lesbian woman” and that’s why we’re all crying.

Karamo brought her to a predominately black dance studio to meet other confident black women her age.

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They shared their stories of feeling like they don’t fit the stereotype that Hollywood often puts out of black women, and how they’ve come to love “that melanin skin, yes.”

Then, Karamo brought her to a genealogy center where she learned her great-grandmother Sylvie lived and died a slave.

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Jess even met her biological sister for the first time in years where they both learned about the courage and strength that runs through their ancestral bloodline. Again, we’re all weeping.

“Karamo, you are a huge black role model to me.”

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Jess got real vulnerable and let down her walls during the week she spent with the Fab Five. Since the episode aired, she’s debuted her first drag performance, and has happily taken up all the space as a strong, black lesbian woman.

Oh, also, fans have raised over $75k on GoFundMe to send her back to college. ????

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She had to drop out of her Computer Science major at University of Kansas and her Internet family is sending her back! She also just announced that she’ll be attending the National Society of Black Engineers conference in Detroit in a couple days.

Because every time Karamo walks into someone’s life, we get to see someone blossom.

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Like the Jones’ sisters, who have owned a BBQ joint for the last 35 years together.

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Karamo helped them own their story. Their father passed down his recipe to his daughters, who both went on to get business degrees and create an institution. Queer Eye remodeled their business space, and logo.

Karamo helped bring their story, and freshly bottled BBQ sauce nationwide.

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After the season aired Friday, they sold 11,000 bottles of their BBQ sauce online over the weekend! The two even did a segment on The Steve Harvey Show.

Even though Karamo didn’t know chipotles were a pepper…

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It was because he’s obsessed with the Chipotle chain’s burritos. We get it.

All we know is that Karamo’s reputation as an emotional genius stands stronger than ever.

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His response? “Sounds about right. Lol but no need to have the fear. It’s all love.” Ok.

And we think he deserves a promotion.

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He rebrands businesses. He’s King of turning emotional victories into physical metaphors. He is basically all of The Internet’s therapist and we’re so glad he isn’t billing us.

READ: 21 Fab Facts About Queer Eye’s Fab 5, Yass Queen! 

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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