Beyonce: I Was Here, it says I want to leave my footprints in the sands of time and it basically is all of our dreams I think and that’s leaving a mark on the world. I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else and we spread positivity no matter how big or how small, so the song was perfect for humanitarian day.
Anderson Cooper: and is that what you want too, to spread positivity?
Beyonce: Absolutely. I feel like we all have our purpose and we all have our strengths and I don’t know if its selfish or unselfish but it feels so wonderful to do something for someone else and I think that for the UN to want to include the whole world is something important and I feel like that’s what I represent.
Anderson Cooper: Do you worry, I mean people who watch the news and they see the slaughter in Syria, they see the humanitarian crisis there now, they see what’s happening in eastern Congo where millions of people died over the years, a lot of times people feel hopeless, and helpless. Valerie, how do you counteract that?
Valerie Amos: That’s the whole message that we’re trying to get across today, which is that you can make a small contribution which will make a huge difference, // But lets not forget there are people right here in the united states. There are people across the world who are doing things every single day, helping people who are homeless for example, lots of little things that people do. And one of the messages out of world humanitarian day is that we can make a difference. We can make a difference out of a small act.
Anderson Cooper: So on August 19th you’re both hoping that people around the world will do whatever they can, will volunteer in their communities, will donate money, will donate time, whatever it is?
Anderson Cooper: Do you know what you hope to do on that day?
Beyonce: Well I thought of many diff things, I know one thing I’m going to start working on now, every day I’m going to try to do something and basically give examples of acts of kindness that I think people will gravitate towards and feel like they can do. Even if it’s something as small as feeding the homeless or giving a coat to someone who needs it or helping the elderly across the street.
Beyonce also talks about how she loves to change Blue Ivy’s diapers and that Jay-Z changes diapers as well. Beyonce feels as though changing Blue’s diapers is beautiful. I am thinking she doesn’t mean the smell and more of the bonding moment she has with her daughter. That’s just not a word I’ve ever heard used to describe diaper changing. LOL.