In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Beyonce discusses what drew her to partnering with the UN for their global campaign to promote World Humanitarian Day. The singer noted that her musical contribution, a track called “I Was Here,” written by Diane Warren, was inspired by the 23 UN workers who were victims of a 2003 bombing in Baghdad.
From the Anderson 360 website:
Anderson asked Beyoncé about the song, which she is dedicating to the recognition of World Humanitarian Day. “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,” she explained. It’s a message she hopes will resonate and inspire acts of kindness around the world.
Beyonce performed “I Am Here” at the UN General Assembly Hall on August 10. The video for that performance will be released on August 19, which is the date on which this year’s World Humanitarian Day falls. Beyonce and Diane Warren have donated the song, and all proceeds will be directed to humanitarian aid groups. Watch an excerpt from Beyonce’s interview with Cooper below:
This is just the latest of several philanthropic efforts Beyonce has undertaken. Clutch’s Kirsten West Savali, writing for NewsOne.com, reports several others. Despite recent comments to the contrary, the superstar is one of the most visible contemporary black female artists to consistently use her fame for social good.