Karamo Brown – Next Big Thing Radio Interview – Episode 78

Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

On Wednesday, April 5th, Actor, LGBTQ activist, and TV Host, Karamo Brown joined Brett and special guest co-host, Joseph Burke, for ‘Conversations’ Episode 78! Do you want to know what happened to Karamo when he first met Oprah?  How about what made Karamo say “Your wife is ride or die!” to Brett? Have you ever wondered about how Karamo got cast on ‘The Real World’? We answer all of those questions, and more, so be sure to listen!

Karamo Brown began his career in 2004 as a housemate on the hit MTV reality series “The Real World,” becoming the first openly-gay African-American in the history of reality TV. Shortly after the conclusion of “The Real World”, Karamo learned he had a nine-year-old biological child, whom he gained full custody of. He later left the spotlight to become a social worker and adopted his biological son’s half-brother.

In 2014, Karamo returned to television as a host and segment producer for the “OWN Show” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He was subsequently hired as a host for Huffington Post Live and a Family Advocate contributor for HLN/CNN. Karamo Brown returned to reality television in 2016 as a cast member on TV One’s hit docs- series “#TheNext15.” The show documents Karamo’s life after reality stardom, as he balances being a single father with being a working professional.

Karamo recently started his own non-profit organization, 6in10.org, which provides tailored mental health support for black gay and bisexual men in order to eradicate the 6 in 10 HIV statistic plaguing this community. In 2016, Karamo was invited by the Obama Administration to work with the White House to create policy/legislation to support LGBTQ youth and their allies after school hours.

Do you want to know what happened to Karamo when he first met Oprah?  How about what made Karamo say “Your wife is ride or die!” to Brett? Have you ever wondered about how Karamo got cast on ‘The Real World’? We answer all of those questions, and more, so be sure to tune in!

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New Video Chat Platform Wekiki Revitalizes Community Engagement

Former Blab.im Platform
Former Blab.im Platform

On the cusp of 2017, a brand new video chat platform “Wekiki” emerges from a grass roots startup effort to mobilize and engage social media users in a whole new light. A previous platform named Blab.im set a standard in the video chat era, as users began to engage in real time conversations in a four paneled window which quickly rose to popularity among many online social media enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.

The blab.im platform, a beta startup, lasted roughly just over one year, and due to lack of adequate funding and financial support, the project was promptly closed and Blab was abruptly taken offline. During it’s one year tenure, Blab evolved in many phases and cycles, and thus it’s community as well. Friendships were made, connections established and a sense of community was becoming prominently established. This eclectic group of users, social marketers and enthusiasts not only became friends, but family. A gaping whole was left within the community after it’s sudden and predicted foreseeable closure. Or so we thought…

Founded, coded and reared from the humble gesture of reviving the community once more, and building on foundations in which Blab.im sorely lacked, a new candidate emerges in the video chat platform era. Say hello to Wekiki! Kiki Schirr, a former Blab.im user, artist, cartoonist, writer and entrepreneur herself, scoured the Internet for a platform like Blab, and the results were rather lackluster. Kiki has taken the initiative to revitalize the video chat community, and Wekiki is not only a better successor to blab, but utilizes the functions that worked best, over the one’s that did not.

Wekiki VIdeo Chat Platform

For the most part, users who previously were accustomed to blab.im, Wekiki should feel very familiar, providing 4 video chat windows and a real time chat window. Instead of utilizing Twitter for login credentials, the newer platform rests on Facebook’s more secure access tokens for account validation. There is one significant difference between Blab and Wekiki, in that the successor gives it’s moderators a plethora of tools to moderate their own rooms or “parties.” You heard me correct, for the first time, a video chat platform of this calibur grants it’s own users the freedom to boot, ban and block trolls, trouble makers and those prone to mischief. In the end, it creates a more family oriented platform in which all ages can feel safe.

Founder and entrepreneur of Wekiki, Kiki Schirr states, “I love the concept of helping strangers become friends, but we have to remember not every stranger is friendly. Although WeKiki has built in tools to protect our users, our community’s greatest strength is in looking out for each other.

Another profound closeness of Wekiki is the continual engagement among it’s community members. For instance, if a community member goes missing or isn’t seen for a while, the community locks arms and something astounding occurs. One by one, they reach out to the user to check in with him/her. Some users of the video platform suffer from a physical disability or mental illness. It’s almost unheard of in any social media video chat platform around today. They truly “look out” for each other.

Definite Advancements of Wekiki at First Glance

  • Having used both blab and now Wekiki, there are stark differences, yet some similarities between the platforms. The chat window on blab was poorly designed, buggy and often times lagging from the actual video conversations occurring in the real-time window. The chat window on blab was also hacked numerous instances, as hackers found ways to insert drop codes [random data which reeks havoc on the open-source server]. This is not so on Wekiki. The chat is solid, fluid and real time scrolling engages both the textual and video chat user with more secure protocols.
  • A lot of the nonsense features of blab are totally dropped in Wekiki, and that’s a great thing. Blab boasted many features that resulted in a lackluster buggy result. Wekiki keeps the main thing, the main thing! Focusing on video and text chat. It’s simple, clean and fun.
  • I said this one above, but the security features to control your own room and moderation is a vast leap forward. Having the upper hand on potential issues and unwanted users is a gold star when attempting to engage in more meaningful in-depth conversations.
  • Lastly, at first glance, Wekiki is on the right path, as opposed to it’s predecessor. Blab was rushed and quickly went online, as programmers and coders debugged the platform in real time as users were attempting to use the platform. Kiki and her team built the solid foundation first of code, and thus building upon that first to create the new platform you see today. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

Click Here to visit Wekiki now. The platform is in it’s launching phase and free to the public to try. Schirr has stated that in the future, there will be paid plans for marketing and those who choose to engage in private rooms.

Harley Quinn

Straight out of the big screen and onto canvas, this piece captures the portrayal of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from the feature film Suicide Squad. The most time consuming piece I’ve ever attempted, at over 45 hours of painting and detailing. Click here to purchase this artwork.

Superman Legacy

Being an old school kid at heart, my Superman of choice will always be Christopher Reeve and his films portraying the Man of Steel. This is my homage to his colorful cast of legendary actors and actresses who made this film franchise the canon that it is today. Click here to purchase this artwork.

The Incredible Hulk Legacy

One of my favorite childhood television shows growing up was “The Incredible Hulk.” I remember being so excited to see David Banner’s green eyes as he changes into “The Hulk.” I was so fortunate to meet Lou Ferrigno back in 2014 at Orlando MegaCon. I dedicate this piece to the wonderfully talented Bill Bixby. Click here to purchase this artwork.

The Iron Avenger

The IRON AVENGER. As Marvel cast for the role of Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr, made a statement to the world, “I am Iron Man.” So much respect and admiration for RDJ’s career, and seeing him once again dominate the silver screen. Like Tony Stark, RDJ has overcome the fire, and refined to be the actor he is today. It’s my pleasure to give you this completed work, hand drawn and painted with over 18 hours of combined effort. Click Here to purchase this artwork.

The Man in Black

Johnny Cash was always a part of my musical childhood growing up. My parents would always play his music throughout the house, and if I close my eyes, I’m immediately taken back to those precious memories. This is my homage to legendary “Man in Black.” Click Here to purchase this artwork.

Lou Ferrigno’s Hulk

He played a monster, but early in his life, Lou Ferrigno suffered ear infections which left him deaf. Defying his bullies and overcoming what people called him. “deaf Louie,” he dove into comic books and found The Incredible Hulk. By his twenties he was Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe as a heavyweight body building champion. Lou will always be the gentle giant, and the only human to ever play The Hulk. Hope you enjoy my interpretation of Lou Ferrigno’s Incredible Hulk. Click Here to purchase this artwork.

Matt Ryan’s Constantine

The Hellblazer himself, John Constantine is a man who vows to use his super natural powers and magic not for evil, but to fight the demons of this world and beyond. Some call him a fallen angel, while others call him a saint. This is drawn from the likeness of Matt Ryan, who portrayed Constantine on the NBC television show, and on 2015’s season of Arrow on CW. Click here to purchase this artwork now.

Cesar Romero’s Joker

Before Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger or Jared Leto, there was Cesar Romero and his epic portrayal of Gotham’s most sinister and cooky villian, The Joker. I grew up watching Cesar Romero’s classic portrayal during the 60’s Batman television series. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites. Click here to purchase this artwork.