"I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me."
It's been three years since the release of Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album, which included the track "****Flawless" with its sample of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk We Should All Be Feminists. In that three years, the critically acclaimed writer has refrained from speaking out about her inclusion on the album -- until now.
In an interview with Dutch publication de Volkskrant, Adichie shot down any speculation that Beyonce had used her TED Talk without permission. "Of course Beyoncé asked permission to use my texts, and I did give her permission," she said. "I think she’s lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions."