The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has named Satchel and Jackson Lee, children of legendary filmmaker and three-time Golden Globe nominee Spike Lee with producer Tonya Lewis Lee, as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors. Representing Hollywood’s next generation, the ambassadors will assist with duties during the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony and work to raise awareness around a philanthropic cause of their choosing. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast on NBC at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 28, from The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
To unveil this year’s Golden Globe Ambassadors, the HFPA hosted a virtual event during which the outgoing ambassadors, Dylan and Paris Brosnan, sons of two-time Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan, introduced Satchel and Jackson as the 2021 Golden Globe Ambassadors. Their appointment marks the first time in HFPA history that two siblings of color have held the position, with Jackson being the first Black male Ambassador. The Lees thanked their parents for inspiring them to use their own voices and pursue their passions, the importance of also using this platform to raise awareness of social issues, and announced the charities they will be working with throughout the ambassadorship; Satchel selected Callen-Lorde and Jackson chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
“We’re proud to welcome Satchel and Jackson Lee to an incredible roster of previous Golden Globe Ambassadors,” said Ali Sar, president of the HFPA. “Akin to their esteemed filmmaker father known for his uncompromising and provocative storytelling, Satchel and Jackson have already begun to blaze their own paths in the arts. We are honored to see how they’ll use this platform to elevate the important issues of LGBTQIA+ health and youth mentorship.”
Chosen by the HFPA, the honorees are traditionally the child or children of one of the industry's most respected actors/actresses/directors/producers of the time and assist during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. In 2017, the HFPA announced the honor’s new title, Golden Globe Ambassador, to better reflect the role, express inclusivity, and highlight philanthropy.
For the philanthropic efforts associated with the title of Golden Globe Ambassador, Satchel will focus her efforts on the issue of expanding health care for LGBTQIA+ communities, and Jackson on youth mentorship in underserved communities. Satchel chose to partner with Callen-Lorde, an organization that has transformed the lives of LGBTQIA+ communities in New York City through comprehensive, judgment-free care, research and education. Jackson has chosen to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network. Both organizations will receive a grant from the HFPA for $25,000, totaling $50,000 made on the Lees’ behalf.
"We’re proud to carry our father’s legacy of storytelling to bring attention to communities close to our hearts,” said Satchel Lee, who was the creative director of DRØME, a queer and intersectional arts and culture magazine. "This year has illuminated just how disproportionately Black and brown people and the LGBTQ+ communities are affected by preexisting conditions, so it’s an honor for me to be able to shine a spotlight on the heroic doctors and nurses at Callen-Lorde who work tirelessly to care for some of the most vulnerable people in New York City."
“Having my dad as a mentor inspired me to choose Big Brothers Big Sisters, a charity built upon the foundation that forming positive, intergenerational relationships can have a profound impact on young lives,” said Jackson Lee, who recently stepped into the big shoes of his father, a long-time collaborator of the Nike Air Jordan brand, to design a pair of his own. “As a visionary creative, my dad taught Satchel and me the importance of entertainment as a cultural catalyst of change.”
Previous Golden Globe Ambassadors, formerly Miss and Mister Golden Globe honorees, include: Dylan and Paris Brosnan, sons of Pierce Brosnan; Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba; Simone Garcia Johnson, daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx; Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer; Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher; Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan; Rainey Qualley, daughter of Andie MacDowell; Gia Mantegna, daughter of Joe Mantegna; Rumer Willis, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis; Laura Dern, daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern; Joely Fisher, daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher; Melanie Griffith, daughter of Tippi Hedren; Freddie Prinze Jr., son of Freddie Prinze; and Mavis Spencer, daughter of Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer.
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