is a graphic designer, comedian and vlogger based out of New York. With over 15,000 subscribers and over 2,000 weekly viewers to her blog, Franchesca’s posts cover a range of topics including fashion, personal style, pop culture, design and comedy. Her most popular and successful videos are those that deal with hairstyling for African American women with natural or non-processed hair. In 2008 Franchesca was selected by YouTube and People.com as their official Red Carpet Reporter at the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Since then she has performed and hosted numerous comedy shows and private events across the country, has been featured on numerous hair and lifestyle blogs and was recently named one of the best hair bloggers on YouTube.
What do you plan to talk about on Pop17?
I plan is to write about pop culture and share interesting videos and stories I find online that are thought provoking or make me laugh.
When did you first go online?
My parents bought my first computer in 1996, when I was in the 6th grade. That summer I went away to computer camp (like all cool kids do) and from then on there was no looking back. One of my campmates was an older and more tech-savvy girl who had her own website and had already coded a few simple video games. My mind was completely blown. I didn’t know you could have your own website at 15. I could barely beat a game of Frogger, let alone code it! I basically became her protégé and even joined the advanced HTML class she was in just so I could soak up her knowledge. I ended up just copying her entire source code and learning through trial and error by editing bits and pieces of it to create my own site. Once I got back from camp I set up a site on tripod.com and was hooked.
What is the most interesting thing you are working on?
My best friend and I are writing an online sitcom! We’ve been meeting once a week on Skype to go over the pilot and to hammer out the direction of the show. We’re having a great time writing together and almost every session ends up with us in tears as we type out all our ideas and ridiculous dialogue.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’d have to say going to the Emmy’s in 2008. I worked really hard to get there, and considering I didn’t have any red carpet experience I think I did really well and had a lot of fun.
What was your first concert experience?
No Doubt, 1998. Not only did I go to the concert decked out as a little brown Stefani clone (complete with a cropped shirt and bindi), I can also do a mean Gwen Stefani singing impression. At 15 I was a die hard fan. Now? Not so much. But I had an amazing time belting out Tragic Kingdom and dancing the night away.
Any parting words?
I’m just really excited to be working with Sarah and the rest of the Pop17 team! I think this whole adventure is going to be a lot of fun!
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