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Franchesca Ramsey

The Online Phenom Taking Things One Joke at a Time

Franchesca Ramsey got her start on YouTube with her viral video “Sh_t White Girls Say…to Black Girls”—a parody of the seemingly innocuous but actually offensive comments some white women make when interacting with black women. Since then, she signed a deal with MTV to create and host a web show called Decoded, and her first book Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist was just released this past May.

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Back in February I wrote in my journal all the steps I’d need to take to help make #WTEQ a New York Times Best Seller. 4 months later I’m so proud to say I accomplished everything I set out to...except making the best seller list. The night I got home from the tour, Patrick threw me a surprise party with all my friends to celebrate. When everyone jumped out I just cried and cried. These weren’t cute happy tears, instead I let out giant sobs of exhaustion and embarrassment. I should’ve been celebrating but instead I was comparing myself to my more successful friends and beating myself up over this perceived “failure.” I was just so convinced I’d make the list, I never really considered how I’d feel if I didn’t make it. - - Instead of taking responsibility for my own happiness and success, I tacked those feelings onto something I had no control over. In retrospect, that was a recipe for disaster. - - I’ll admit, these are very much *champagne problems* I’m not telling you this for reassurance or sympathy, I’m ok. Life goes on. I’m sharing because I know first hand how social media paints a picture that isn’t completely accurate. We have good days and bad days. And sometimes shit doesn’t work out. I set a goal & I didn’t meet it. That’s ok! I still have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. I not only wrote a book I’m extremely proud of, but I worked my ass off to promote it & had an incredible 7 city tour filled with HUNDREDS of people who’ve connected with and been inspired by my work! That’s HUGE! Heck, maybe the *next* book will be a best seller. And if it’s not, that’ll be ok too! Thanks again for your support, kind words and excitement for “Well, That Escalated Quickly” this has been a tremendous career milestone for me and I couldn’t have done it without you ❤️ - - www.wteqbook.com

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