Los Angeles (AFP) – Spike Lee’s daughter and son were named Golden Globe ambassadors to assist at the awards ceremony.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Tuesday morning that Satchell and Jackson Lee will take over the ambassadorial roles at the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards in February.
Satchil, 26, and Jackson, 23, are the first siblings of color to hold the position. Jackson is the first black ambassador.
They both attributed their maturity to their father, film director and mother, Tonya Lewis Lee, who is a film and television producer.
“We are proud to carry on our father’s legacy of storytelling to draw attention to the communities close to our hearts,” said Sachel Lee, who was the creative director of DRØME, a multi-faceted gay and cultural magazine.
Satchel has chosen to partner with Callen-Lorde, an organization that helps LGBTQIA + communities in healthcare in New York City. Jackson partners with the Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer-supported mentoring network.
“As a visionary innovator, my father and I taught me the importance of entertainment as a cultural catalyst for change,” he said.
Callen-Lorde and Big Brothers Big Sisters will each receive an HFPA grant of $ 25,000 provided by the Lees.
Satchell said that choosing Callen-Lorde and the organization’s healthcare initiatives was important to her “to support the LGBT + community, because this is my community. All I do, I just give back to people and communities that have given me so much.”
Jackson said he chose the Big Brothers Big Sisters in an effort to direct them the same way his father did.
“You changed my life from my father’s presence,” he said. “Being able to give another person the opportunity and someone younger than me is kind of pushing it forward. I feel like I have a duty to do.”
An ambassador is traditionally the son of a celebrity who helps present awards, distributes prizes to the winners and accompanies them off-stage.
Former ambassadors include Pierce Brosnan’s sons Dylan and Paris Brosnan, Idris Elba’s daughter Isan Elba, and Simon Garcia, daughter of Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”.
The Golden Globe will take place on February 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The show honors achievements in film and television.