Since your calendars are already marked for August 19 we know you’re oozing with angst for the premiere of Beyonce‘s “I Was Here” video. Yesterday the R&B singer met with Anderson Cooper to talk about her partnership with the UN to spread awareness regarding World Humanitarian Day. Bey wants her video to inspire small acts of kindness because every bit makes a difference. “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths; and I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish, but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else. And I think for the UN to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent.”
The video was shot at the UN General Assembly Hall in NYC. In the song she sings, “I was here/I lived, I loved/I was here I did, I’ve done/everything that I wanted/And it was more than I thought it would be/I will leave my mark so everyone will know I was here.” Using that theme she hopes people will be inspired to leave their own footprints on the world through giving back. But not everyone is pleased with her humanitarian efforts. Harry Belafonte recently slammed Beyonce and Jay-Z for not being socially responsible. In Bey’s interview she may have been giving her southern shade to Belafonte when she rattled off her charity organization for Hurricane Katrina victims. Either way Beyonce wants to spread positivity.
“We all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else and that we spread positivity, no matter how big or how small so the song was perfect for Humanitarian Day.”