Beyoncé wants you to do something good—no matter how big or small—for someone else this week.
Harry Belafonte may not think Beyoncé does enough to give back, but that’s not going to stop the singer from doing her part to make the world a better place.
The "End of Time" singer sat down with Anderson Cooper to tout World Humanitarian Day, which she’s promoting through a new video for "I Was Here."
Beyoncé thought it was the perfect anthem to commemorate the day, and she shot the visual at the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New York. She kind of had an in for the locale, as World Humanitarian Day is a cause backed by the U.N.
"’I Was Here,’ it says, ‘I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time’ and it’s basically all of our dreams, I think…leaving our mark on the world," Bey told Anderson. "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.
With more than 170 awards to her name, countless #1 hits, the cultural phenomenon that was that "Single Ladies" video and a new daughter, it’s safe to say that no one can dismiss Beyonce’s existence. Bey still wants to do more, though.
Upon hearing of how many people made the ultimate sacrifice to help the world, Beyoncé knew she had to honor their lives in some way. "I found out that 22 people lost their lives helping people in Baghdad. I thought it was such an incredible thing to turn that into something and include the world," she said.
Beyoncé has already put out a call to action for World Humanitarian Day, which takes place on Sunday, suggesting a number of different ideas. For example, you can share your favorite dish with someone, or leave your favorite book as a gift-wrapped present for someone else to find. The Department of Homeland Security may caution you about leaving random packages out, but the general point Bey is trying to make is that even a random act of kindness can have a huge impact.
In the end, it’s all about being good to others, which has its own rewards for you.
"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," Bey said. "And I think for the U.N to want to include the whole world was something important, and that’s what I represent."