If fans of the original "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" had qualms about its Netflix sequel, "Queer Eye," one had only to listen in the first episodes to the reassuring, grown-up voice of Karamo Brown, who will appear in person at the Paramount Theatre on March 29.
Following the model of the original series, Brown and his buddies swooped in to help mostly clueless men on the reality show, this time based in Atlanta. Yet the drama and comedy were not so much about fixing somebody's looks and manners, but rather about opening up interior lives, especially feeling comfortable with oneself. And the team directed a lot of the introspection at themselves.
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A producer and activist as well as a practiced TV host, Houston-born Brown has turned into a thoughtful and polished media brand. According to his website, he has worked as an on-air host and producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network, "Huffington Post Live" and as a contributor on NBC’s "Access Hollywood Live." Currently, Karamo is the host of "Are You The One: Second Chances" on MTV and "The UnExplained" on the History Channel.
Viewers were first introduced to Brown, nowadays often known by the single name, "Karamo," in 2005 when he appeared on the MTV reality series, "Real World." Almost immediately, he turned into one of the country's first gay African-American breakout celebrities. In 2016, he naturally appeared on TV One's documentary series, "The Next 15," about life after reality TV.
He has written for the Advocate magazine and founded an HIV charity, 6in10.org. Meanwhile, he easily could flesh out another career as a fitness model.
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