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Beyonce on TV screen at Global Citizen Festival

Klaudia//September 30, 2012
A video from singer Beyonce is projected during the Global Citizen Festival, a mass music concert and event to urge world leaders to act towards ending extreme poverty, in Central Park in New York on September 29, 2012. Some 60,000 people attended the free festival, part of the Global Citizen Campaign.

World Humanitarian Day inspires 1 billion messages

Klaudia//August 19, 2012
Sunday is World Humanitarian Day--a day people around the world are asked to perform a humanitarian action--however big or small--in the spirit of people helping others--"doing something good, somewhere, for someone else."

And with a little help from Beyoncé, organizers of the global event say they made some social media history, too, inspiring more than more than 1 billion messages on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.

"This could arguably be the largest mobilization of good intention in web history, an amazing coming together of celebrity, brands and NGOs," Andrew Essex--chief executive of Droga5, which helped organize the event--told Yahoo News on Sunday. "Think of it as 'We Are The World' for the social media generation."

Droga said the campaign reached its billion-message goal--1,029,763,492 to be exact--with 20 minutes to spare.

The campaign's website launched earlier this month, collecting pledges and messages from would-be do-gooders, soliciting ideas ("Make a homeless person a sandwich") and encouraging visitors to spread the word using the #IWasHere hashtag.

And Beyoncé, who shot a new music video at the United Nations specifically for the campaign, told Anderson Cooper her goal was to encourage the spread of "positivity no matter how big or how small." The music video--for Beyoncé's "I Was Here"--was released on Saturday. (It didn't hurt that Beyoncé tweeted about the initiative to her 5 million followers, changing her Twitter avatar to promote the event.)

World Humanitarian Day was designated by the U.N. General Assembly in 2009 to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 U.N. staffers.

I Was Here

Klaudia//August 19, 2012
The world premiere of "I Was Here" - Filmed in front of a live audience at the UN General Assembly for World Humanitarian Day.

CO-DIRECTORS: KENZO DIGITAL AND SOPHIE MULLER
PRODUCED BY DROGA5 AND RSA FILMS (Animation by Dirt Empire NYC)
LOCATION: GENERAL ASSEMBLY HALL, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, USA
DATE: AUGUST 10TH 2012
LABEL: Parkwood Entertainment/Sony Music Entertainment

Add your voice, Leave your mark - www.whd-iwashere.org

10 Good Deeds

Klaudia//August 16, 2012
How can you get involved on August 19th? - here are 10 ideas straight from Beyoncé to you.

1. Offer your ear to someone in need
2. Bring flowers to a friend who's been feeling down or sick
3. Raise money for a local charity
4. Rescue an animal from your local shelter
5. Compliment a complete stranger
6. Volunteer in a local soup kitchen
7. Take a friend's children out for the day
8. Offer your seat to someone who needs it
9. Visit a local hospital on a holiday
10. Tell three friends about WHD

Beyonce’s Camp Responds to Belafonte’s Criticism

Klaudia//August 13, 2012
Beyonce’s spokesperson is responding to the allegation reportedly leveled by legendary singer Harry Belafonte that she doesn’t do enough to help the world with her star power. Beyonce recently paid a visit to the United Nations in New York City to help mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19 and pay homage to the work done by humanitarian workers. The singer also shot a music video for her song “I Was Here”; the clip will be released on August 19. Earlier this month, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z were criticized by Belafonte for not doing enough social good with their celebrity status. Belafonte reportedly told the Hollywood Reporter “It is sad. And 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. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.” Belafonte didn’t immediately return the Journal’s request for a comment. In response to Belafonte’s words, Beyonce’s representative emailed what she called “An abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The list included co-founding The Survivor Foundation “a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston”; donating “100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike”; performing in “MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now! Benefit in addition to making a generous monetary donation,” among many other charitable activities.

Beyonce Performs At United Nations

Klaudia//August 11, 2012
"Is this what happens at the U.N. every Friday night?" Anderson Cooper jokingly asked the crowd seated in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations on Friday (August 10). "Because, I've gotta tell you ... I wanna be here every Friday night if this goes on."

The news anchor was referring to members of the organization and their invited guests who were gathered for a special event leading up to World Humanitarian Day, quickly approaching on Saturday. Cooper, himself a humanitarian in many respects, was on hand to host a series of interviews with local and international humanitarians that would eventually lead into a performance from Beyoncé.

The 30-year-old star had appeared at the United Nations earlier in the day, where she rehearsed her performance of "I Was Here" and met with members of the United Nations. Now, at 8 p.m. ET on Friday night, Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson made his way to the stage welcoming everyone to the General Assembly Hall and giving an early introduction of Beyoncé.

"Tonight brings more than her stunning talents; she brings inspiration to help another person, to help another human being," he told the crowd, going on to describe "I Was Here" as a "profound and moving song." When he slipped on the title for a second, calling the song "I Was There," it became evident that there were some Bey stans in the audience. They quickly corrected him and joined him in laughing it off, while he added, "in fact 'here' and 'there' is the same thing — that's solidarity."


Beyoncé to highlight World Humanitarian Day

Klaudia//August 2, 2012
International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “I hope everyone will pledge to complete at least one humanitarian action - however great or small - through www.whdiwashere.org. Together we can create an unprecedented awareness of the plight of people affected by crises around the world.” The campaign website, which is launched today, provides everyone with an opportunity to unite and share his or her individual acts of good. On 19 August, the campaign aims to reach 1 billion people in a day with a single message. “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 campaign is launched in collaboration with award-winning advertising agency Droga5, the UN humanitarian arm’s lead agency for special projects. Production company Ridley Scott & Associates and directors Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller will help bring the initiative to life. “There are few forces for good as extensive and important as the United Nations,” said David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman, Droga5. “Being able to work with them and other global aid organizations for World Humanitarian Day is a humbling and extraordinary opportunity.”

A Message From Beyoncé

Klaudia//August 2, 2012
On the 19th of August 2012 we rise together - for each other.

Do one thing. Nothing is too small. Do one thing for another human being.

1. Visit www.whd-iwashere.org

2. Click on “Show Your Support”.

3. Choose to support World Humanitarian Day via Twitter, Facebook or both, and get the word out to your friends and followers.

4. Continue tweeting and posting in the lead-up to 19 August.

5. On 19 August, make your mark by doing something in your local community, and watch as everyone’s World Humanitarian Day messages are simultaneously shared around the world.

This begins with each of us. Make your mark and say, 'I WAS HERE'.

And together, on August 19th, we’ll make our stories known.

Much love,

B

Beyoncé, Coldplay, Eminem for charity album

Klaudia//July 5, 2012
Beyoncé, Coldplay and Eminem will feature on a new charity compilation, it has been announced. Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa contains African remixes of well-known tracks in aid of Artists Project Earth (APE). The UK-based charity helps raise awareness of climate change and funds for disaster relief efforts. The record will also feature the likes of Mumford & Sons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Plan B, REM, Fleet Foxes and Bruno Mars. It's the fourth compilation in the Rhythms Del Mundo series, which has seen previous releases including Cuba, Classics and Revival. The tracklisting for Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa, which is available to pre-order now, is as follows:

Coldplay - 'Viva la Vida'
Beyoncé - 'I Miss You'
Eminem and TS1 - 'I'm Not Afraid'
Bruno Mars - 'Grenade'
Plan B - 'She Said'
Cee Lo Green - 'Crazy'
Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Under the Bridge'
Mumford & Sons - 'Timshel'
Shanade - 'I Am Because'
Aloe Blacc - 'I Need a Dollar'
REM w. Ali Farka Touré Band - 'Losing My Religion'
Fleet Foxes - 'Mykonos'
Rokia Traoré - 'Is This Love'

Hear a preview of Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa below:

Beyonce & Jay Donate to the Whitney E. Houston Academy

Klaudia//March 15, 2012
About a month after Whitney Houston's death, her namesake school in East Orange has received donations totaling $39,568 in honor of the late popstar. The biggest single check came in from Sony Music for $25,000, according to Felicie Desroches, an accountant in the district business administrator's office. Jay-Z and Beyonce made the second largest contribution — $10,000 — to the school. The check came from Shawn Carter, Jay-Z's birth name, and listed a Miami address, Desroches said. She said a typed note on memo line of the check stated, "On behalf of Jay-Z and Beyonce." Late last year, the celebrity couple were reportedly scoping out real estate on Miami Beach - a $12.5 million mansion that previously was Ricky Martin's pad. Principal Henry Hamilton said he plans to use the money to set up a college fund for students and to update the school's perfoming arts equipment. Just days after Houston died, her family requested that all donations be directed to Whitney E. Houston Academy, an unassuming brick front school on Dodd Street in East Orange that focuses on the performing arts. Houston, 48, was found dead at a hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 11. The donations are being put into a separate bank account for the school, which has about 420 students in grades pre-kindergarten to eight.

Jay-Z and Beyonce donate baby gifts to charity

Klaudia//January 12, 2012
New parents Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles are donating their baby gifts to charity. The superstar couple have been inundated with presents since welcoming their daughter Blue Ivy into the world on Saturday (07.01.12) and while they are very grateful they want to give the majority of items to those less fortunate. A source said: "They've been sent literally hundreds of gifts in the past few days. Oprah Winfrey gave a huge trunk of children's books and others like P. Diddy, Kanye West, Rihanna and Mariah Carey have all been sending luxurious baby treats. "Jay-Z and Beyonce have decided to donate a massive selection of the presents to local charities for young mothers. They've already got the most precious gift - their new baby daughter - so they want to help out other parents who haven't been as fortunate." However, there is one item the couple want to keep for their daughter - a diamond-encrusted dummy. The source added to the Daily Star newspaper: "A close friend of theirs in the music industry gave them a diamond-encrusted Cartier dummy - it must have cost $20,000. Blue has officially got her first piece of bling!"

Beyoncé & Jay-Z Raise $1 Million for Charity

Klaudia//October 4, 2011
Talk about do-gooders! Beyoncé and Jay-Z were "very cute and affectionate" at the rapper's carnival-themed fundraiser for his Shawn Carter Foundation at New York's Pier 54. The rapper arrived first, but later met his pregnant wife at the Spotted Pig's food truck, where they ate sliders. Next, Beyoncé grabbed a seat at a picnic table and watched as her hubby threw darts with Alex Rodriguez. Guests at the high-end bash sipped Armand de Brignac Champagne, played carnival games and enjoyed the high-end treats provided by Spotted Pig and Momofuku Milk Bar. In the end, the event raised $1 million toward sending underprivileged students to college.