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Beyoncé must love surprises. Because late last night, she unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, on iTunes. It’s what she’s calling a “visual album,” and it features 14 songs and 17 music videos — including a song about her daughter, Blue Ivy, and guest appearances from husband Jay-Z, pals Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean and her Destiny’s Child compadres Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. But the highlight of the album (and yes, we are biased): The song “***Flawless,” which samples the message author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered in a talk at TEDxEuston called “We should all be feminists.”

The song starts out with a sample of Ed McMahon of Star Search, announcing Beyoncé and her friends in the female rap group Girl’s Tyme back in 1992. From there, Beyonce croons — with strong language that will likely be objectionable to some — on the pressure women feel…

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This is for the teenage girls. For the quiet girls and the girls who speak too much. For the smart girls, the high school dropouts, and the girls who just don’t care. For single girls, and girls in love. For girls and their boyfriends, and girls and their girlfriends. For girls who need to fit in, and girls who just can’t find their place. For insecurities, secrets, lies, and trust. For drunk love, first kisses, and lost virginities. For the girls who won’t give up because they’re “just a teenage girl.”
Girls, this is for you, because you deserve it.

“The only direction I have in my life is One Direction” -a thing I once said to a professor who had too much faith in me.

Anyway, why am I here? I don’t know. I honestly have no clue what I’m doing. I like things and writing so for now this is a portfolio of those writings.

We’ll see how long this lasts.