|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2009)|
|Birth name||Farrah Franklin|
May 3, 1981 |
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer, actress|
|Labels||Columbia (2000), Fo-reel Entertainment (2002–2003)|
|Associated acts||Destiny's Child|
Farrah Franklin (born May 3, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is a former member of Destiny's Child who replaced LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett alongside Michelle Williams.
Recording and movie career
1999–2000: Destiny's Child
In 1999, Franklin was hired to be an extra in the music video for Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills". It was there that she met with group members Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Roberson. At the time she was in a fledgling singing group called Jane Doe, which was in the process of disbanding. In December, Matthew Knowles invited Franklin and Michelle Williams to join Destiny's Child—replacing previous group members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett without notice. The two were introduced in February 2000 via the music video for "Say My Name". Franklin toured and performed with the group, and also appeared in the music video for "Jumpin', Jumpin'". Franklin contributed backing vocals to the remixes of "Jumpin', Jumpin'", "Independent Women Part I" (which were subsequently removed prior to the album release), "Independent Women Part II", "Dot", and "Dance with Me". In July 2000, after four months with Destiny's Child, Franklin was dismissed from the group, learning of her firing from an MTV News report. Shortly thereafter, group member Beyoncé Knowles stated in an interview that Franklin had missed three major dates and expressed a lack of interest in continuing with the group, leaving them with no other choice but to fire her.
2001–present: Solo projects
After leaving Destiny's Child, Franklin began a solo career. She signed to and was dropped from Fo-reel Entertainment in 2002, where she recorded a song titled "Get at Me" with Method Man. She was then signed and dropped from the Fabolous street label. She also began an acting career, and starred in The Brewster Project in 2004. She finished shooting an independent thriller film called Eyes of Darkness, which also features rapper Jayo Felony. Before joining Destiny's Child, Franklin also made an appearance in the 1999 feature film, Trippin'. Franklin has modeled for Russell Simmons' fashion line, Def Jam University and has been featured on the covers of Teen People, Ebony, Cosmo Girl, Vibe, and Today's Black Woman.
In early 2007, Franklin appeared with other former members of Destiny's Child in the E! special Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which documented their experiences in Destiny's Child and the issues which Franklin caused during the weeks she was present in the group. Aside from her work as an extra in Destiny's Child, she has also appeared in videos for Mr. Cheeks, and R. L. Huggar. She has been working on her debut album, for fifteen years since her dismissal from Destiny's Child. She owns a company called One Love Pictures and Entertainment.
Farrah announced via her Instagram page that she will be releasing her official debut single called "Magic & Make Up" on iTunes in September 15, 2015.
In April 2011, Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct in Culver City, California. She later claimed that she was "manhandled" by police, the victim of racial profiling and had not been arrested but merely detained; however, police reiterated to TMZ that she was in fact arrested and that they were responding to a resident's claim that Franklin had been "disturbing the peace".
- The Brewster Project (2004) as Maya
- All of Us (TV series; episode: "Robert and Neesee Get Real") (2006)
- Tamales and Gumbo (2008)
- Unemployed (2008) as Unemployment Clerk
- Single Black Female (2009) as Karma
- The Preacher's Family (2011) as LaJune Carter
- Magic & Make Up - September 15, 2015
- Basham, David (2000-07-21). "Destiny's Child Talks Split With Farrah". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Reid, Shaheem (2003-01-31). "Mr. Cheeks Casts Ex-Destiny's Child Member As A Shorty With The Fatty - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "Farrah Franklin | LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- "Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin arrested for disorderly conduct". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Farrah Franklin at the Internet Movie Database
- Farrah Franklin on Twitter
- Farrah Franklin at Last.fm