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

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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. Trump is not safe.

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.

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