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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! 

We Finally Have A First Look At The Walter Mercado Documentary ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ And I Can’t Wait

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We Finally Have A First Look At The Walter Mercado Documentary ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ And I Can’t Wait

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Walter Mercado was to the Spanish-speaking world, what Miss Cleo was to the English-speaking one. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, the legendary Puerto Rican psychic and astrologer captivated the Latin world with his glamorous style, gender-nonconforming persona, and warmhearted cosmic readings. Now, he is poised to reach a new level of fandom with a lovingly crafted documentary about his life and career

Our stars dimmed when we lost the great Walter Mercado last year, but with a new Netflix documentary, we get one more glimpse into the man’s flamboyant life.

It’s finally here: the first trailer for Netflix’s Mucho Mucho Amor.

Each and every day more than 120 million viewers tuned in to watch the extravagant, flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming artists charm the world with televised horoscopes. He enthralled his viewers with sequined capes, opulent jewelry, and shared a message of love and hope to his devoted viewers. Then, he mysteriously disappeared.

If you’re like countless tías out there, you’ve been wondering about him ever since. That’s where Mucho, Mucho Amor comes in.

Directors Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch spent the last two years of Mercado’s life documenting this icons legacy – when he grabbed with the struggles of aging.

The film also drops hints about Mercado’s financial issues and his hiatus from public life. But it also features magnificent footage from his unforgettable entrance at the opening party for HistoryMiami’s 2019 exhibit “Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado.”

It’s an over-the-top moment that celebrates how many in Miami viewed him as royalty as they eagerly awaited his recommended New Year’s Eve rituals each year (customized for each Zodiac sign). It’s safe to say that Mercado captivated people’s attention, and he’ll do it once again with this documentary.

Mercado is often described as the glue that binds migrant communities from all over Latin America.

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At its peak, Mercado’s show was watched by more than 120 million viewers from around Latin America. But he was also an actor, dancer, and writer throughout his career. In fact, he starred in several Puerto Rican telenovelas, including Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance).

In 1970, he started his regular astrology segment on Puerto Rico’s variety show, El Show de las 12. His star continued to grow, and for decades, his astrology prediction shows aired in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States.

“We grew up with him,” Lin-Manuel Miranda says in the trailer for Mucho Mucho Amor. “I can’t think of an English language astrologer that would command the attention of millions of households.” 

Then, Mercado mysteriously vanished from the public eye. “Maybe he didn’t want to grow old in front of the cameras,” Eugenio Derbez speculates. 

He was also an icon for the LGBTQ community, who – especially in the Latino community – needed one so badly.

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Although Mercado was unapologetically sexually-ambiguous, many were still preoccupied with the man’s sexuality. He always took the questions and innuendo in stride though, responding with a joke that would get him off the hook with most. But he meant a lot to gay Latinos during an era where they feared coming out much more than today, just merely for existing.

Even though Mercado never publicly addressed his sexuality, he was an inspiration for many LGBTQ kids, including director Kareem Tabsch.

“I’m a queer kid from Miami and the first time I ever saw Walter on television, it was the first time I ever encountered another person who was queer,” Tabsch recalls.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he added: “I had a simpatico. Seeing him on TV I remember thinking, ‘Huh, there’s something in you that’s like something in me. I see a reflection of me in you, even if I’d never be nearly as fabulous.’ But there was this otherness that I recognized. I felt, ‘If my family loves you just as you are then maybe they could love me as I am too.”

Although before his death he disappeared from public life somewhat unceremoniously, his legacy lives on for millions of Latinos.

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Mucho, Mucho Amor does a great job at showing the human-side of Mercado. Yes, he was a beloved television personality, for whom many, he was a literal superhero. But he was also a human, and Netflix’s new documentary will show an entirely new side of the superstar to the world.

Mucho, Mucho Amor debuts on Netflix on July 8.

Colin Kaepernick’s Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay

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Colin Kaepernick’s Life to Become Netflix Series From Ava DuVernay

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Colin Kaepernick’s life is officially getting the Hollywood treatment.

The Black NFL quarterback has announced that he has joined forces with film director Ava DuVernay for a Netflix series titled Colin in Black & White. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scripted limited drama has been picked to go straight to series.

DuVernay’s six-episode series will take an intimate look at Kaepernick’s childhood, life in high school years, and all of the experiences that led him to become an activist today.

Kaepernick will appear in the series as himself and is set to narrate. An actor will play the younger version of Kaepernick. According to THR, “Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury will pen the script and serve as exec producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury previously teamed with DuVernay on Netflix’s Peabody-winning limited series When They See Us, based on the Central Park 5.”

Speaking about her decision to produce a film about the NFL player, DuVernay said that “With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture, and for him, personally. Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports, and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.” 

Netflix says that the drama was conceived back in 2019 and scripts were completed this past May.

The series will look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up in a white household that adopted him all while training to become a competitive quarterback while determining his own identity.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick told THR. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

“We’re proud to bring Colin’s experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world,” Cindy Holland, VP originals at Netflix, told THRr. “It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it’s like to be Black in America.”

Kaepernick’s influence on the current BLM movement is expanding.

In 2016, the football player set out to protest racial injustice, police brutality, and systematic oppression ahead of a San Francisco 49ers game by kneeling during the national anthem. His act of protest ultimately roused polarizing conversations amongst athletes, NFL officials, and fans. At the time President Trump demanded NFL team owners fire Kaepernick along with any other players who protested during the national anthem. Eventually, Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 and filed a lawsuit against the NFL. He claimed that the organization and its owners had colluded to keep him out of the league.

In February, he signed a deal with Audible to create multiple projects, including for his upcoming memoir.