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Monday, March 2, 2020
7:00–8:30 p.m.


Adelphi University
Performing Arts Center
One South Avenue,
Garden City, NY 11530

This will be a ticketed event.

An Evening With Karamo Brown: From ‘The Real World’ to ‘Queer Eye’

Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a Christian, a single father, a son of immigrants, a former psychotherapist, or a reality television personality, Karamo Brown has discovered that the many facets of his identity are the key to his success. As an activist, Karamo knows how to raise awareness about causes close to his heart, and how to organize like-minded individuals to do the same. In this program, Karamo will share his methods and explains how others can recognize and utilize their own different identities to achieve and thrive. He’ll also talk about the importance of giving back and the specific steps we can all take to organize and bring about positive change.

This event is sponsored by The Wishnick Lecture in Human Services in collaboration with The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Student Involvement, Student Government Association and the LGBTQ+ Allies Committee.

About the Speaker

Karamo Brown

Three-time Emmy Winner and Culture Expert on the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown is a “sympathetic talk therapist warped inside a life coach and zipped into a fast fashion bomber jacket…” according to The New Yorker. Lauded for his ease and natural comfort in relating to different types of people, Brown is tasked with making-over the hearts and minds of the individuals they help on the show; by helping them to confront and grow beyond the internal and external issues holding them back.

Onstage, Brown draws from his work as a social worker to show how he both discovered and learned to explore his many different “identities.” Whether as a black man, openly gay man, a son of immigrant parents, a Christian, a single father, or former social worker; Brown strategically utilizes the strengths of his numerous identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same.

His memoir, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope, explores how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.

Available through Luminary, Brown’s Podcast, “Karamo,” is an in-depth look at life’s thorniest issues where everyday people from around the world can call in and chat with Brown to receive direct advice or share their personal feelings on the everyday situations effecting their lives. The show also includes special interviews with Brown’s celebrity friends who share personal moments from their lives.

His upcoming children’s book, I am Perfectly Designed, is an empowering ode to modern families, coauthored with his son, Jason.

With Queer Eye, Brown has won three Emmys, including for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and a Television Critics Association award. The show has been renewed for a 4th and 5th season.

Beginning his television career in 2004 as a housemate on the MTV hit reality series The Real World, Brown was the first openly-gay African-American in the history of reality television.

Shortly after the conclusion of The Real World, Brown learned that he was the father of a nine-year-old boy, Jason. With the support of his child’s mother, Brown petitioned and gained full custody of his son. A year later, Brown adopted Jason’s half-brother Christian. 

Brown was the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. He was also invited by the Obama Administration to work with the White House to create policy and legislation supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies after school hours. Since then he has personally worked with President Barak Obama to support the president Obama Foundation and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Brown is an active member of the Never Again MSD gun-control movement after his Florida high school, Stoneman Douglas, suffered a fatal shooting in 2018. A graduate of Florida A&M University, Brown worked as a licensed social worker for over a decade before transitioning into media.

This will be a ticketed event and open to the public.

Tickets: $5

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