And with Beyonce having shade thrown at her by Harry Belafonte for not being socially responsible, it appears her the time is now to respond.
The singer appeared on CNN’s “Anderson 360″ Wednesday night. She was there to discuss her appearance at the United Nations on World Humanitarian Day to record her version of “I Am Here.”
She discussed promoting positivity in honor of World Humanitarian Day. She also detailed how “I Am Here,” written by Diane Warren integrates into the theme.
“It says, ‘I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time’ and it basically is all of our dreams, I think. And that’s leaving our mark on the world. I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something.”
The singer performed her track “I Was Here” in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in honor of World Humanitarian Day, which is Aug. 19, and received rave reviews from officials and stars, MTV reports. A music video of the performance will debut the same day.
“Is this what happens at the U.N. every Friday night?” Anderson Cooper, who hosted the event, asked the crowd. “Because, I’ve gotta tell you … I wanna be here every Friday night if this goes on.”
Among the hundreds in attendance were actress Julia Stiles, R&B singer The-Dream and songwriter Diane Warren, who wrote the tune.
Warren said in an interview that she initially called Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, and played the song for him over the phone. He quickly called Beyonce, and days later she recorded it. It appears on her album “4,” released last year.
Video of Beyonce’s performance will be released on Aug. 19 on World Humanitarian Day, which commemorates 22 humanitarian workers who were killed in a 2003 terrorist attack in Iraq. A website, WHD-IWasHere.org, was created with hopes of getting 1 billion people to pledge to help someone in need.
“I’d like to ask everyone to make sure they’re a part of August 19th,” Beyonce said from the stage. “It’s such a beautiful, beautiful day, and I’d like to honor the 22 people who lost their lives. God bless you all. Thank you so much for having me.”
Watch Beyonce’s message from WHD-IWasHere.org below.
The superbad superstar mother is at it again, making her mark, this time with a documentary she wrote, produced and starred in.
The diva describes it as a “mix of music and personal study, blending concert footage with confessional interview.”
It could look a lot like her “Year of 4” and “I Am Tour” projects.
So now she’s shopping around for a host to launch it.
There’s a lot to see in just the first half of the year – she had the baby, been touring with hubby and Kanye for the WTT tour, and performed a hella comeback concert over a weekend.
But what we all really want to know is if we’ll get to see Blue Ivy’s face.
Oh and she finally took fans out of suspense and said the “Leave Your Footprint” mystery has nothing to do with music.
It’s all about World Humanitarian Day, which is Aug. 19. Duh.
Bey is doing her part by rallying up her fans to participate in the effort to make the world a better place. She posted a message on her site, explaining what folks can do to participate on that big day.
She encourages fans and friends to visit the WHD site and check out the different projects anyone can do.