Remembering Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba

Remembering Mama Africa - Miriam Makeba

Today, March 4, 2013, would have been Miriam Makeba’s 81st birthday.  On this day, I honor and remember this fellow Piscean…this warrior woman, who not only fought for civil rights of black South Africans, but also inspired generations of music lovers around the world with her music and beauty.  You are missed dearly Mama Africa…Ashe

Busting A Cyberstalker

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Busting A Cyberstalker

I was honored to speak with NPR’s Michel Martin about my personal experience with Cyberstalking several weeks ago.  I hope that others can learn and benefit from my experience.

Carla Franklin was cyberstalked and bullied for years by a man she briefly dated. She has now become an advocate and expert for online harassment. Host Michel Martin talks with Franklin about her experience and cyberstalking laws…read more here

Great article. In life we must take [what appears to be] the good with [what appears to be] the bad. We must embrace the Ying and the Yang…the balance…in order to grow, to improve ourselves and to become better. Dealing with and learning from rejection helps to build our mental strength, and prepares us for the path that we were meant to walk.

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Blog

By Aaron Hamburger

I’m an avid tennis player, so last summer when one of my partners canceled our game at the last minute, I thought I would get some extra practice by hitting shots against the wall of a nearby handball court.  Yet, after a few minutes of hitting, I became frustrated.  The reason?  I couldn’t tell whether my shots were any good because there was no net.

While in the middle of a heated tennis match, I don’t exactly feel warmth for the net, particularly when it snags a ball that would have been a brilliant winning shot against my opponent.  In fact, in such cases, I have been known to give that net a good hard smack with my racquet.

And yet once the net was gone, I keenly felt its absence.

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New beginings…new posts!

carla franklin new beginnings

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, primarily due to personal and professional matters on which I’ve been focused over the past year.  Starting today, I look forward to actively writing about my passions and interests, my work in anti-cyberharassment advocacy, and, occasionally, my thoughts on political and social matters.  I am celebrating new friendships…new opportunities…and new beginnings…and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you in the future.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

My Daily Beast Article: Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed

In October of 2012, I was honored to have my fight against cyber-harassment covered by the Daily Beast.  I have since become an advocate for improvements in legislation and enforcement of laws already on the books, in regards to online harassment and stalking.


I remember feeling stunned, then sick. Sitting at my desk at a New York City consulting firm in 2009, I had randomly Googled my name. The jarring result: a series of strange montages on YouTube—all containing snapshots of me, along with the label “whore.” The photos, cobbled together from various corners of the Internet, were shots from a beauty pageant and a few acting jobs I had held in the past, when I was signed with a regional modeling agency. My mind raced. Who hated me this much to post these things? Who would call me a whore?  Read more here…

My Motto is “Well-behaved women rarely make history”…

More Magazine - May 2011 Cover; Carla Franklin

More Magazine - May 2011 Cover; Carla Franklin

I was recently honored by More Magazine by being included on their 2011 “Fierce List”, along with 50 other dynamic and influential women.  The beautiful Ashley Judd graces the cover.

More Magazine - Fierce List; Carla Franklin

More Magazine - 2011 Fierce List

More’s Fierce List includes women “with nerve”...Women who are the best examples going of fortitude and attitude, endurance and resilience, true grit and true wit…Women who are tireless transformers, bold blowers of the whistle, glass-ceiling smashers and party crashers…Women who are uppity…Women who are down to earth…Women who are tough and compassionate, graceful and invincible…Women who are survivors and revivers; resisters, insisters, sisters.  Needless to say, I was honored to be included on a list that includes (but is not limited to): Hillary Clinton, Tina Thompson (WNBA), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Aung San Suu Kyi (pro-democracy heroine of Myanmar), Michelle Obama, Lori Proctor, Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey, and Tina Fey.

More Magazine - Fierce List: Hillary Clinton; Carla Franklin

More Magazine - 2011 Fierce List; Carla Franklin

More Magazine - 2011 Fierce List: Giant Killers

The editors of More Magazine included a description of my plight to hold a cyber-stalker accountable for stalking and harassing me (see page 108).  They also included my motto, “Well behaved women rarely make history” (see page 110).  I actually borrowed the quote from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, however it an important motto to live by.  We should all dare to be Fierce…dare to be the “uncommon”…dare to try something new…dare to step out of our comfort zone…dare to go against the grain, even when you must stand alone in your journey.

More Magazine - 2011 Fierce List: Carla Franklin

More Magazine - 2011 Fierce List: Carla Franklin

I am truly honored to be included on this list of fierce, dynamic and daring women!  Check out the May 2011 issue of More magazine on newsstands. More Magazine - Fierce List: Carla Franklin

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011) is an annual global celebration of the the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.International Womens Day 2011; Carla Franklin;

Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The day was commemorated for the first time on 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, following its establishment during the Socialist International meeting the prior year. More than one million women and men attended rallies on that first commemoration.

In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women’s Day. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day 2011:
Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.International Womens Day 2011; Carla Franklin;