BIOS

Host

karamo brown

Karamo Brown is a dynamic talk and lifestyle television host. He began hosting in 2014, and has worked as an on-air host and producer for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Huffington Post Live and BET. He makes regular appearances on NBC’s Access Hollywood Live, HLN’s hit show DR. DREW Live and various CNN shows.

As a segment producer, Karamo writes content, organized appearances, oversaw scheduling and editing of segments and was instrumental in incorporating social media components into the show. In 2015, Karamo partnered with Dr. Drew Pinsky to sell original non-scripted content that he created, which they are currently pitching.

Karamo was first introduced to the world in 2005 at the tender age of 22 as a housemate on the hit MTV reality series the REAL WORLD. Karamo was a break-out star and became the first openly gay African American in the history of reality TV. In February 2016 Karamo returned to reality television as a cast member on TV One’s new hit docs-series #TheNext15. The show documents life after reality stardom as Karamo balances being a single father with being a working professional.

Karamo is a staff writer for the Advocate, which is the largest and most successful LGBT news magazine in the world. He has also recently started his own non-profit organization, 6in10.org, which provides tailored mental health support to black gay and bisexual men in order to eradicate the 6 in 10 HIV statistic plaguing this community.

Karamo’s ongoing mission is to share his life experiences and dynamic point of view on current and noteworthy pop culture topics, in order to inspire audiences to live more stimulating and accomplished lives.

 

Honoree

lois whitman

Lois Whitman is the founder, director (1994-2012) and currently senior advisor to the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division, which investigates human rights abuses of children around the world and works to end them, including the use of children as soldiers; the worst forms of child labor; attacks on students, teachers, and schools; discrimination and violence against LGBT youth; juvenile justice; and migrant children. Associated with Human Rights Watch since 1986, Ms. Whitman has conducted human rights investigations and worked for an end to abuses in many countries, including Turkey, Greece, Northern Ireland,Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Liberia, Jamaica, Cuba, and Sri Lanka.

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsday. She has testified before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and congressional committees. Earlier, as general counsel to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, she drafted the gay rights law that was enacted by the New York City Council in 1986. Ms. Whitman has taught courses at Hunter College, Stony Brook School of Social Work, and Columbia's School for International and Public Affairs.

A lawyer and a social worker, Ms. Whitman received a BA from Smith College, a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a law degree from Rutgers University. She received the Smith College Medal in 2002, the Dean's Medal from CUNY Law School in 2009, and an honorary degree from Le Moyne College in 2015. She is currently on the board of Physicians for Human Rights and the Board of Visitors of CUNY Law School.