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Spike Lee’s children named Golden Globe ambassadors

Satchel and Jackson are the first siblings of colour to hold the position

Director Spike Lee, second right, and his family, from left, son Jackson Lee, wife Tonya Lewis Lee and daughter Satchel Lee. AP Photo
Director Spike Lee, second right, and his family, from left, son Jackson Lee, wife Tonya Lewis Lee and daughter Satchel Lee. AP Photo

Spike Lee’s daughter and son have been chosen as the Golden Globe ambassadors to assist with the awards ceremony.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Tuesday, January 12 that Satchel and Jackson Lee will assume the ambassador roles for the 78th annual Golden Globes Awards in February.

Satchel, 26, and Jackson, 23, are the first siblings of colour to hold the position. Jackson is the first black male ambassador.

Both credited their maturation to their filmmaking father and mother, Tonya Lewis Lee, who is a film and television producer.

“We’re proud to carry our father’s legacy of storytelling to bring attention to communities close to our hearts,” said Satchel, who was the creative director of Drome, an intersectional arts and culture magazine.

Satchel chose to partner with Callen-Lorde, an organisation that helps LGBTQIA+ communities with healthcare in New York City. Jackson is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters Sisters of America, the volunteer-supported mentoring network.

“As a visionary creative, my dad taught Satchel and me the importance of entertainment as a cultural catalyst of change,” he said.

Callen-Lorde and Big Brothers Big Sisters will each receive a grant from the HFPA for $25,000 made on the Lees’ behalf.

Satchel said selecting Callen-Lorde and the organisation’s healthcare initiatives was important to her. "Everything I do, I just to give back to the people and communities that have given so much to me.”

Jackson said he picked Big Brothers Big Sisters in an effort to mentor those the same way his father guided him.

“Having my dad mentor me changed my life,” he said. “Being able to give someone else the opportunity and someone younger than me, it’s kind of paying it forward. It feels like a duty I have to do.”

An ambassador is traditionally the child of a celebrity who assists with award presentations, handing out trophies to winners and escorting them offstage.

Previous ambassadors include Pierce Brosnan’s sons Dylan and Paris Brosnan, Idris Elba’s daughter Isan Elba, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s daughter Simone Garcia.

The Golden Globes ceremony will be held Sunday, February 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The show honours achievements in film and television.

Updated: January 13, 2021 05:48 PM

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