Karamo Brown (born November 2, 1980)[1] is an American television host, reality television personality, author, and activist. Brown began his career in 2004 on the MTV reality show The Real World: Philadelphia becoming the first openly gay black man on a reality show.[2] He currently stars as the culture expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye.[3]

Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown, 2018-06 on MTV International.jpg
Brown in 2018
Born (1980-11-02) November 2, 1980 (age 39)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Alma materFlorida A&M University
OccupationTV personality, activist
Home townCoral Springs, Florida, U.S.
Partner(s)Ian Jordan (engaged)

Personal lifeEdit

Brown was born in Houston, Texas and has three older sisters.[4] He is of Jamaican and Cuban descent. He came out as gay at age 16.[5] Brown grew up in Coral Springs, Florida and graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 1999.[6][7] Following the shooting at the school in 2018, Brown became an active member of the Never Again MSD movement started by the students, advocating for new gun safety legislation. He graduated from Florida A&M University, a historically black university, and worked as a social worker for nearly a decade after The Real World.[8]

In 2007, Brown was notified that he was the father of a 10-year-old boy, Jason, receiving custody of him that year. Brown adopted Jason's half-brother Chris in 2010. Brown moved to Los Angeles with his two sons in 2011 where they currently reside.[9] In May 2018, Brown became engaged to his partner of eight years, director Ian Jordan.[10]


Karamo started his career in television on the MTV reality series The Real World: Philadelphia in 2004, becoming the first out gay black man on reality TV.[2] He later competed in the Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II, where he was eliminated in episode six. Brown made a return to reality television on TV One's The Next 15 in 2016, which followed him and five other reality stars.[11]

Brown was a contributing host on HLN's Dr. Drew On Call, YouTube's The Young Turks,[9] served as host and producer of HuffPost Live for Huffington Post and as a recurring guest host of Access Hollywood Live. In 2014, Brown became a host and segment producer for the Own Show.[12]

He hosted MTV's Are You The One: Second Chances.[13] Brown currently plays the role of the culture expert in the Netflix revival of Queer Eye. The first season was released on Netflix in February 2018.[3]

Brown published a memoir in March 2019 titled Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope.[14]

In 2019, Brown appeared in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" music video.[15]

In August 2019, Brown was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 28 of Dancing with the Stars. He came under fire for referring to Dancing with the Stars co-star and former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer as a "good guy" in an interview with Access.[16] Donald Trump and his administration have been protested by LGBTQ communities for actions and policies against LGBTQ rights; with Spicer serving as a mouthpiece for many lies in service of Trump. Brown was criticized on social media, with many users including author Roxane Gay calling the reality star out for normalizing Spicer and his work in the White House.[17]

In November 2019, Brown's children's book, I Am Perfectly Designed, written with Jason "Rachel" Brown and illustrated by Anoosha Syed, was published by Henry Holt.[18]


Brown co-founded 6in10.org, an organization that works to combat HIV stigma and provides mental health support and HIV education to the black LGBT community.[13] Karamo volunteers as a youth counselor at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.[9] Brown has also partnered with the Center for Disease Control and the National Black Justice Coalition as their health and wellness ambassador.[11] In 2014, Brown partnered with the pharmaceutical company Janssen as part of the Positively Fearless campaign to empower the gay and bisexual community.[19] In April 2018, he joined Creative Coalition members in traveling to Capitol Hill to petition legislators and the office of Second Lady Karen Pence for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.[20] He is also a national co-chair for Health Care Voter.[21]

Awards and honorsEdit


Television and webEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004-2005 The Real World: Philadelphia Himself 26 episodes
2005 Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II Himself 6 episodes
2007 The DL Chronicles Agent #1 Episode: "Robert"
2012-2013 Bethenny Himself – Panelist/Correspondent 4 episodes
2013-2014 Where the Bears Are! Ronnie Bishop/Reporter 7 episodes
2014-2016 Dr. Drew on Call Himself – Host/Correspondent/Panelist 54 episodes
2015 Huffpost Live Himself – Host 8 episodes
2015 Steam Room Stories Karamo 4 episodes
2015 Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Himself Episode: "Out in Hip Hop"
2016 Access Hollywood Live Himself - Host 7 episodes
2016 The Next :15 Himself 7 episodes
2017 Are You the One: Second Chances Himself - Host 10 episodes
2018 The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan Himself TV Movie documentary
2018–present Queer Eye Himself 37 episodes
2018 Nailed It! Himself Episode: "Bonus: 3, 2, 1, Ya Not Done!!"
2018 GMA Digital "Take it from Karamo Brown: Own who you are" Himself
2018 ELLE "Queer Eye's Karamo Brown Insta-Stalks the Fab Five" Himself
2019 Lip Sync Battle Himself Season 5, Episode 1
2019 Dancing with the Stars Himself Season 28 contestant
2019 The Daily Show With Trevor Noah "The Popularity of Queer Eye & Embracing Growth in Karamo" Himself
2019 MTV "Karamo Brown Reacts to The Real World: Philadelphia" Himself
2019 Yahoo Lifestyle "It was love at first sight for Queer Eye star Karamo Brown" Himself
2019 Good Morning America "Karamo Brown motivates and inspires with his new memoir" Himself
2019 Broadly "Queer Eye's Karamo Brown Gives Sex Advice: Broadly Hotline" Himself
2019 Big Mouth Himself (voice) Season 3
2019 The Wendy Williams Show[22] Himself "Karamo on Fatherhood"


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Princess Diaries School Drummer Film
2014 Lean Karamo Short film
2018 Visible: The LGBTQ Caribbean Diaspora Himself


  1. ^ Chase's Calendar of Events 2020: The Ultimate Go-to Guide for Special Days, Weeks and Months. Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield. 2019. p. 541. ISBN 9781641433167.
  2. ^ a b Anderson-Minshall, Jacob (July 24, 2017). "How Did Karamo Brown find his way back to Hollywood?". Plus. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hall, Gerrad (December 8, 2017). "Meet the new Queer Eye Fab 5 in this first look". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Martens, Joel (October 13, 2014). "Karamo Brown- OWNing your life". Rage Monthly.
  5. ^ "To Gay or Not Too Gay". Queer Eye. Season 1. Episode 4. February 7, 2018. Netflix.
  6. ^ Epstein, Rachel (April 3, 2018). "Karamo Brown Is More Than Just a Culture Expert". Marie Claire. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Wright, John (April 2, 2018). "Houston Native, Marjory Stoneman Grad and 'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Headlines HRC Gala". OutSmart.
  8. ^ Pardee, Lauren. "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Opens Up About Discovering He Had a 10-Year-Old Son".
  9. ^ a b c Reynolds, Daniel (January 29, 2015). "A Gay Real World Star's Unexpected Journey to Fatherhood". The Advocate. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (May 9, 2018). "Queer Eye's Karamo Brown Is Engaged to Director Ian Jordan". People. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Smith, Rob (February 10, 2016). "'The Next 15' Star Karamo Brown Talks Being A Gay Dad, Reality TV Drama, and 'Crazy-Ass' New York". Queerty. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ Pardee, Lauren (2018). "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Opens Up About Discovering He Had a 10-Year-Old Son". Parents. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Scott, Sydney (March 30, 2017). "Karamo Brown Has Come A Long Way Since 'The Real World' And There's More Up His Sleeve". Essence. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Karamo Brown On 'Queer Eye' & 'Embracing Purpose'". NPR.org. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  15. ^ TaylorSwiftVEVO (June 17, 2019), Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down, retrieved June 17, 2019
  16. ^ Nast, Condé. "Queer Eye's Karamo Brown Defends Dancing Sean Spicer: "He's a Good Guy"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  17. ^ Mosbergen, Dominique (August 22, 2019). "'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Offers Surprise Defense Of 'Sweet Guy' Sean Spicer". HuffPost. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "I Am Perfectly Designed: Book review". Publishers Weekly. August 15, 2019. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Walden, Tiffany (September 14, 2016). "Positively Fearless: Fighting HIV stigma". The Miami Times. ProQuest 1825375380.
  20. ^ Adrienne Wichard-Edds (April 30, 2018). "Tim Daly, Richard Schiff Stump for Arts Funding on Capitol Hill". The Hollywood Reporter.
  21. ^ "I've gone without health care because I thought it was a privilege, not a right. Our kids deserve better". NBC News. November 3, 2018.
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k116emf7Uek

External linksEdit