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30 Dec 11

2011 was a good year

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I won $35,000 in YouTube’s NextUP Contest.

Because of NextUP I was featured in The New York Times, Mashable, The New York Observer and the front page of the South Florida Times.

I was profiled in a video piece for BBC News

I traveled to to France by myself, for my first trip abroad and stayed in a castle for 5 days.

I got engaged in Paris.

I held my very first Chescalocs meet up with some of my subscribers in Paris

Fil and I were on the Dr. Oz show

My "Student Loan Countdown" video was featured in Good Magazine, MTV’s blog, scored me an interview with Oprah radio’s Gayle King and was one of my most popular videos this year.

I ran a half marathon and raised over $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

My Chescalocs hair channel was featured in an exclusive YouTube advertising campaign that has run not only on YouTube but also on The Daily Mall, Media Take Out, Black Girl Long Hair and countless other websites. Because of this campaign, Chescalocs gained over 5k subscribers this month.

My videos, "Rhianna na na eh eh c’mon", "Behind the Barbie", "Loc’d up Video Collab" and "Queen for a Day" were featured on the YouTube homepage.

I curated the YouTube Black history month spotlight.

I wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post

I spoke at an NYU Social Media Class

I spoke on a panel at the Google office for a YouTube meet up with an audience of over 100 people.

I created a video for National HIV testing day in support of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, which was then mentioned on Oprah’s blog

I was featured on for their "Natural Hair Blogger Gift Guide"

All while working full time and juggling what little social life I have left. Needless to say, I worked my butt off this year, but it was so very worth it. Here’s to bigger and better in 2012. Happy new year!

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  1. melleaux said: Go Fran, go!
  2. yazelocs said: this is sooooo incredible. ben following you and you loc journey along with all ur other videos for years and i feel like i know u. soooo proud of u. keep on truckin ches…keeep….onnn…..truckin…
  3. thapiecesofme said: you are great inspiration! hard work pays off! love all of you talents! be blessed queen!
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  5. kayla9191 said: dawwww congrats!!!!!!!!!
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