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Love Languages

I'm a huge fan of Love Languages, which is the study of how people give and receive love. Learning about yourself and your partner (or even friends and family) completely transforms your outlook on love. Two people can truly be in love but feel unloved by their partner. Tati and I dive into each of the 5 Languages and discuss the importance of open communication in relationships. 

Before you listen, I urge you to take the Love Languages quiz for yourself

MAKE AMERICA SNAP AGAIN

WE ARE OUTRAGED. Instagram released the Stories feature this week, which is far too similar to Snapchat's capabilities if you ask us. We discuss how social media platforms jump ship to follow the latest media trends. 

In my opinion, social media is an ecosystem. You've got Facebook for broad, family and friends interactions. Twitter for your more brief, unfiltered thoughts. Snapchat for an intimate few to experience your uncut daily life. There's a place for each platform. But if they begin to "cross-pollinate", it disrupts the user experience...Facebook using hashtags...Instagram with Snapchat stories...Twitter with 2 minute videos...

At the end of the day, I'm just a girl with an iPhone, looking to show off the one time per week that I leave my house to do something exciting. Don't confuse the situation. I don't want to repeat myself on a poo poo platter of platforms. 

ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks

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Beyonce already blew our minds when she dropped the Formation video a day before her performance at the Super Bowl Halftime show.

Kanye starts trolling the world with his newfound Twitter account months before the drop of his iconic The Life of Pablo album. He seeds the wardrobes of LA celebrities with exclusive TLOP merchandise prior to the release.

Drake fuels the flames of his Twitter beef with Meek Mill by releasing multiple diss tracks, steamy Island beats with Rihanna, and pop-up shops in major cities to prime his audience for Views from the 6

All of these mega artists have grown to such elite levels of stardom in part because of their visionary release strategies. They've permeated style, lifestyle and music, all key sensorial triggers. The timing is impeccable and the content is viciously good, but through and through, I realize that they're playing us all.

But this weekend, I didn't feel played.

On Saturday, a one-hour music video aired on HBO debuting her newest album, Lemonade. She trumped her last visual album (individual music videos for each song) with a short film narrating the story of betrayal and redemption in her marriage. This release felt less like a stunt and more like "Bey was ready to get real with us".

The emotion was so deep and genuine. For years, Beyonce has been an idol to women everywhere: she's gorgeous, wildly successful and married to the most OG player in the game. Her life is perfect. Until Lemonade, where her dirty laundry and personal failures were exposed for our Saturday night viewing pleasure.

She admitted to listeners that, "I'm not too perfect to ever feel this worthless". Anybody who has ever been cheated on, or has felt the pang of envy, melted in the visuals and lyrics of Lemonade. "What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you" It empowered women to know that even Beyonce gets her heart broken. Nobody deserves disloyalty. 

Beyonce showed us that nobody how many times you sob-sing "Single Ladies" and "Run the World" to yourself in the car, you can still feel like there's something missing from yourself that could've made him stay. "I tried to change myself...I tried to be softer, prettier, less awake"

I lay down my marketing cynicism to say that Lemonade was one of the greatest music moments in my time. 

Should've called Becky with the good hair.

Shameless plug for our most recent Dos Cocos Podcast about Lemonade: