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In 2012,aid workers for World Humanitarian Day set a lofty goal of reaching one billion people. When a goal like that is set, you need some major star power to help out – someone like…Beyoncé.
“This year's World Humanitarian Day presents a historic opportunity to bring together 1 billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: people helping people," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. "From international efforts to avert a hunger crisis in West Africa, to urgent assistance to civilians in Syria, to a single good deed from one neighbor to the next, the spirit of people helping people improves conditions for all.”
Beyoncé happily provided her major contribution to help raise awareness of World Humanitarian Day by doing what she does best – signing (and looking amazing doing it). Utilizing her own reflective ballad from last year’s album, 4, Beyoncé filmed her performance of “I Was Here” at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and the video was played last Sunday across the world in locations like Dubai, Geneva, and New York's Times Square.
The video begins with the mission statement of, “On day, one message, one goal. To inspire people all over the world to do something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else.”
Beyoncé then steps out onto a stage to screams and cheers, but she remained stone-faced. She stands there a moment looking stunning in a long white gown hugging her famous curves, her hair slicked back to reveal her gorgeous face. She simply takes a breath before beginning a tear-evoking rendition of “I Was Here.” She stands in front of a video montage of scenes from aid workers responding to world crises.
The World Humanitarian Day website explains that this event is intended to "recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others."
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper prior to the video’s release, Beyoncé explained, "‘I Was Here’ says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time, and that is leaving our mark on the world. 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."
What did you do to contribute?