Prior to casting, he lived in Los Angeles, where he worked at the Brotherhood Crusade, writing proposals for grants and establishing programs for underprivileged people.Although he is gay, Karamo appeared as a contestant on a 2003 episode of The 5th Wheel, a heterosexual reality dating game show.Beginning with the show's fifth season, almost every season of The Real World has included the assignment of a season-long group job or task to the housemates, continued participation in which has been mandatory to remain part of the cast since the Back to New York season.The Philadelphia cast worked for the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football League team which was formerly partly owned by Jon Bon Jovi.Karamo has a crush on Dorian, who works at the gym, and later meets him while out clubbing.However, Karamo has some issues with the cameras chronicling that part of his life.She struggles to support herself, and is putting herself through Grossmont Community College by working nights at a Hooters in Mission Valley. They are joined by the gay Willie and Sarah, who finds M. Sarah says she likes to walk around nude, and after removing her bra, invites her roommates to inspect her breast implants, but Landon demurs. Elsewhere, Landon is unsure of how to address his feelings for Shavonda.
As her mother is still undergoing treatment, she continues to struggle with her weight.Shavonda is a woman who likes to party and to socialize with men. Shavonda is surprised when Karamo reveals that he is also gay, but keeps this from the others.She lived a turbulent childhood, and in high school, she was a cheerleader and her school's first African-American homecoming queen. Karamo and Melanie meet and arrive at the house last. After MJ and his girlfriend call it quits, Sarah hopes that he'll turn his attention to her---despite MJ's penchant for blondes.In March 2004, producers ceased construction after completing two thirds of the project, and announced they were leaving Philadelphia because of disputes with Philadelphia trade unions.Joey Carson, CEO of Bunim/Murray Productions, and Ted Kenney, a producer on The Real World, met in private over a two-week period with the trade unions. Street, Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Bob Brady, and other civic leaders in order to keep the production in Philadelphia. The interior decorations used for the series remained until as late as October 2004.His upbringing included strong anti-white prejudices and has related feelings about interracial dating, but according to mtv.com, he struggles to keep an open mind and overcome these feelings, and in an interview, he stated he auditioned to grow as a person.He attended Florida A&M University, where he majored in Business Administration.The Philadelphia season is the first with two openly gay men, Karamo Brown and Wilian Hernandez, in the cast.(The first season to have two gay cast members, regardless of sex, was the 2002 Chicago season, although the 1999 Hawaii season featured a bisexual woman and a gay man.) This was the first season to feature an openly gay black male.As part of their duties for the Soul, the cast planned and built a playground for underprivileged children as part of the Northern Home for Children program.), three-story building, which is adjacent to the Betsy Ross House, was built in 1902, and known as the Union Bank of Philadelphia Building until 1970, when it was sold to Seamen's Church Institute to house global seafarers.It was placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in January 1977, and purchased in 2003 by Yaron Properties, Inc for .2 million USD.