Beyoncé to Celebrate World Humanitarian Day with ‘I Was Here’ Video

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Beyoncé is lending her voice to a good cause. The pop superstar has announced plans to shoot a video for “I Was Here” in honor of World Humanitarian Day.

The 30-year-old singer has teamed up with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to launch a global campaign to celebrate humanitarian work and encourage people worldwide to get involved by doing good for others.

The World Humanitarian Day music video for “I Was Here,” a ballad off Beyoncé’s 2011 album 4, will be filmed in front of a live audience at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York and released globally on August 19. Beyoncé and the song’s writer Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign.

“We all see the headlines and we think what can I really do to help?” said Beyoncé. “World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a difference. This is our time to leave our mark on the world and show that we were here and we care.”

The video will be helmed by production company Ridley Scott & Associates and directors Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller. The campaign aims to reach 1 billion people with a single message when it launches.

In 2008, the UN General Assembly designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day to raise awareness for humanitarian assistance, recognize people who risk their lives to help others, and commemorate the day in 2003 when 22 people lost their lives in an attack on the UN offices in Baghdad.

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40 Comments

  1. Angger Eka Permana

    Queen

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    Realist : Navy-Nazi Reply:

    @Angger Eka Permana, In 2007 Rihanna
    Charity: UNICEF
    Annual Impact: $2,305,743
    The Bajan singer who became ubiquitous for her summer smash “Umbrella” in 2007 quickly became a pop star and fashion world muse. All the better for UNICEF, the international children’s aid organization which tapped the musical wonder girl to be the face of its first campaign highlighting its collaboration with Gucci in 2008. The campaign became something of a viral hit, generating more than 1 million results on the Internet. Previously Rihanna had performed at one of UNICEF’s fundraisers, which culminated in $5.5 million in donations. “We have a celebrity, a very famous face, together with the entire organization of UNICEF and Gucci,” said Gucci’s creative director. “With those three elements together, we want to surprise people, to impact people’s hearts.
    Rihanna donated 2.3 million and she also donated a
    undisclosed amount of money,,,,,,,
    PS
    The only person that can own RIHANNA is God Almighty…

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Realist : Navy-Nazi, OMG WHO THE HELL CARES ^

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    rihannanavy! Reply:

    @AllAmerykhanBoy, bit*h you better care!

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    mimim Reply:

    @Realist : Navy-Nazi, Who cares about Rihanna?? this is a articel about Beyonce…actually a singer who can really SING!!!

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    Jay-Me Reply:

    @Angger Eka Permana, Amen to that. Can’t wait!:-)!

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  2. Critic

    Teamed up with the United Nations?

    QUEEN.

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  3. Allie

    Literally, if there was a QUEEN

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  4. ANTHONY

    Queen of Music, love her!

    But I wanted new music:(

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  5. Allie

    sorry, I meant to say, if there was a QUEEN of the entire world….WHO ELSE BUT BEYONCE. That will be some video to bring voice and awareness to a very worthwhile cause. Very proud of our Bey. She does indeed run the world.

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  6. robin

    hope she sings there!

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  7. YOKO

    Love that picture + She is most definitly the Queen of all!

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  8. thefollowerofthesun

    I love Beyonce to DEATH! But seriously? How narcissistic is this effort? The song “I was here” is basically about how great she for a cause that’s about humility and lending a helping hand? I’m so confused. She ain’t no Bono. I would rather she recorded something else like that Stand up for love effort.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @thefollowerofthesun, It’s about leaving a mark on earth . You’ve obviously listened to the song wrong , but f course she left her mark . Don’t belittle her or yourself .

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  9. g_s17

    She is seriously THE QUEEN.

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  10. RealIssh

    Always innovative .

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  11. :D

    YES YES YES YES! FINALLY!

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  12. Leola

    I LOVE BEYONCÉ

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  13. Kyle

    Not only is she a good musician, but she is the textbook definition of a ROLE MODEL. This is one of the many reasons why I have so much respect for this woman. #QUEENB.

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  14. jackiejo

    Bey I love you. You r so inspiring and a wounderful role model. Keep doing you getting better with time.

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  15. BW Extreme

    I rather see a video for End Of Time.

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @BW Extreme, Co-sign

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    Meme Reply:

    @BW Extreme, Lol I just dead

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @BW Extreme, It’s on you-tube . The more you know .

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    BW Extreme Reply:

    @RealIssh, There is no music video for End of Time your thinking of the Live at Roseland video.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @BW Extreme, That was the purpose of my response .

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  16. AJ

    didnt she already make a live video for i was here? I mean I appreciate the effort, but i’ll pass! A live video is the laziest thing anyone can do

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  17. Meme

    Come bey nobody cares about this dead ass 4 cd….just stop it

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    Miguel Reply:

    @Meme, Clearly you didn’t understand the purpose of it but hen again why would you? LOL
    It’s not about 4 or about a video for “I Was Here”, it’s for humanity. How about you have some intelligence? Oops, too late! ;)

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Meme, Go to that clown bitchez post in your icon . Oops – cant find one .

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  18. Kana

    It’s clear she is just trying to stay relevant at this point. Me, you, and solange all know that this bitch is too desperate for her own good. I have never seen someone hold on for dear life to a dead ass 11 track album, that ppl obviously didnt like when it came out. No lie, Beyonce has been on top of her game throughout the 2000′s, but now she is just starting to look like a desperate, fame hungry mother that should be taking time off to regroup and come with some NEW, innovative fire.

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    Gaga Monster Reply:

    @Kana, you couldn’t say it any better.

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    Miguel Reply:

    @Kana, Actually she is in the studio coming up with new stuff for her next album actually. So thats 1 off your irrelevant list. Number 2 is that this purpose of this is for the better good of humanity and that song fits. No one is holding on to anything. It’s funny people didn’t like the album yet it still was #1. As Jay-Z always say “men lie, women lie, the numbers don’t.” Have a nice day boo. ;)

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  19. OH my

    Queen B for sure ;)

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  20. Hugh

    This song needs to be an official single.
    Radio push Columbia!

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  21. Me

    I love Bey, but this last album could have been so much bigger. I understand she had a baby. but man…”End of Time, “I was here” and “Schooling Life” could have been MAJOR singles and videos!

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  22. TheDreamer

    Can’t wait. I thought the surprise was going to be a new song, but i’m happy with this.

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  23. _RealBeyHive_4

    Beyonce you are the definition of a beautiful woman. I respect you and love you. I don’t get how some girls can hate beyonce when she make national anthems for yall.

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  24. Roc it to the D to the GLMO

    nice

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  25. Jay

    This is great!!! :)

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