In the face of the criticism from entertainment great Harry Belafonte, Beyoncé offered more proof of her social contributions last night [August 15] on CNN. Bey discussed dedicating her new video, “I Was Here,” for World Humanitarian Day with AC360’s Anderson Cooper, and the importance of being socially responsible. “I Was Here” premieres this Sunday (August 19) and aims to raise awareness for the United Nations-sponsored event honoring the sacrifices of humanitarians worldwide.
“It says, ‘I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time,’” said the former Destiny’s Child star when asked what she was trying to say with the song. “It basically is all of our dreams. And that’s leaving our mark on the world. I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something.”
On Tuesday (August 14), the pop diva responded to entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte’s claim that today’s stars lack social responsibility. Belafonte used Bey and her husband, Jay-Z, as examples to make his point. Reps for Knowles reportedly emailed a list of the star’s “unselfish work” to media outlets listing her “Survivor Foundation” and relief for the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ike.
"I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility," said Belafonte last week to the Hollywood Reporter. "That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is Black."
Belafonte’s words still seem to be on Knowles’ mind as she indirectly acknowledged the criticism. “I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths,” said Knowles when asked whether she wants to spread positivity, “And I don’t know if it’s selfish or unselfish but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else.” The singer added that she intends to try harder in the future. "Every day I'm gonna try to do something and give examples of acts of kindness."
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