Karamo Brown Gives FAMU's Gibbs Hall a Cultural Makeover

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Before becoming a household name as a star on Netflix's "Queer Eye," Karamo Brown had his beginnings at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Now, he has returned to his alma mater to give back in a...

Before becoming a household name as a star on Netflix's "Queer Eye," Karamo Brown had his beginnings at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Now, he has returned to his alma mater to give back in a big way. In collaboration with retailer HomeGoods, Brown has designed and overseen a complete makeover of the student lounge inside Gibbs Hall, just in time for the new school year.

A Transformative Space

The newly revamped lounge is a true reflection of Brown's vision. It features stylish sofas, loveseats, wall decor, study areas, and even air hockey and foosball tables. Brown's aim was to create a space that would inspire and motivate students as they pursue their dreams.

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown ushers in cultural makeover at FAMU's Gibbs Hall Caption: Karamo Brown and HomeGoods transformed FAMU's Gibbs Hall.

A Home Away from Home

For Brown, the student lounge holds a special place in his heart. He understands that college is a time of self-discovery and personal growth, and he wanted to create a space that would make students feel at home. The lounge serves as the first stop for every first-year student and their parents, leaving a lasting impression on their FAMU experience.

Brown shared, "When not in class or studying, we’d play games like cards, air hockey or foosball. It’s so important to give yourself a break to keep your creativity and productivity flowing."

A welcoming space for students Caption: The new lounge at Gibbs Hall offers a comfortable and inviting environment.

A Star Returns to Campus

Karamo Brown's connection to FAMU runs deep. During his time at the university, he resided in Palmetto North and Paddyfote resident housing. When HomeGoods first approached the university about a celebrity makeover, they kept the identity of the celebrity a secret until Brown arrived on campus for the photo shoot.

The impact of the lounge makeover is already evident among the students. Resident assistant Ciara Brown shared, "It feels amazing, like we're the chosen ones, in a way. Us of all people, it makes you feel special like we're not forgotten."

From Reality TV to Cultural Expert

Before becoming a cultural expert on "Queer Eye," Brown rose to fame as one of the first out gay black men on reality TV during his appearance on MTV's "The Real World: Philadelphia" in 2004. Since then, he has become an advocate for LGBTQIA issues and has been recognized for his work as a writer, columnist, and activist.

Despite recent controversy surrounding Brown's support of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, his commitment to promoting self-esteem, understanding, and unity among people remains unwavering.

Conclusion

Karamo Brown's transformative makeover of the student lounge at FAMU's Gibbs Hall is a testament to his passion for creativity, connection, and giving back. Through his collaboration with HomeGoods, he has provided a space that fosters inspiration and community among students. As they embark on their college journey, they can now find solace and comfort in a home away from home.

Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at [email protected] or on Twitter @byrondobson. Tallahassee Democrat photojournalist Tori Schneider contributed to this story.

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