Karamo, Karamo Brown

Title: Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing and Hope
Author: Karamo Brown
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 2019
Pages: 289
Format: Hardback

An insightful, candid and inspiring memoir from Karamo Brown – Queer Eye’s beloved culture expert – as he shares his story for the first time, exploring how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need. When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theatre. Instead, he decided to redefine what ‘culture’ could – and should – mean for the show.

Karamo believes that culture is so much more than museums and the ballet – it’s how people feel about themselves and others, how they relate to the world around them, and how their shared labels, burdens and experiences affect their daily lives in ways both subtle and profound. Seen through this lens, Karamo is culture: his family is Jamaican and Cuban; he was raised in the American South in predominantly white neighbourhoods and attended an Historically Black College/University (HBCU). He trained as a social worker and psychotherapist and overcame colourism, physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and public infamy. He is a proud and dedicated gay single father of two boys, one biological and one adopted. It is by discussing deep subjects like these, he feels, that the makeovers on the show can attain their full, lasting meaning. Styling your hair and getting new clothes and furniture are important, but it’s imperative that you work out why you haven’t done so in twenty years so you can truly change your life.

Published by Gender Community Lending Library

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