Satchel and Jackson Lee will be this year’s Golden Globes Ambassadors, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Tuesday.
The children of Spike Lee and producer Tonya Lewis Lee’s 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 were introduced as this year’s ambassadors — enlisted to assist during the 78th annual award ceremony and work to raise awareness around a philanthropic cause of their choosing — during a virtual event featuring last year’s honorees, Pierce Brosnan’s sons, Dylan and Paris Brosnan.
Spike Lee and Lewis Lee also made a video appearance during the announcement to congratulate their children, who are both aspiring filmmakers. Jackson runs his own creative agency and has designed multiple pairs of shoes for the Nike Air Jordan brand, and Satchel, a NYU grad, was the creative director of DRØME, a queer and intersectional arts and culture magazine.
As part of the title’s philanthropic efforts, Satchel will focus on expanding healthcare for LGBTQIA+ communities through partnering 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 will focus on youth mentorship in underserved communities by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 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,” Satchel Lee said in a statement. “This year has illuminated just how disproportionately Black and brown people and the LGBTQ+ communities are affected by pre-existing 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. “As a visionary creative, my dad taught Satchel and me the importance of entertainment as a cultural catalyst of change.”
Taking on a role long held by celebrity offspring, the Lees will follow former Ambassadors (or as they were previously known, Miss and Mister Golden Globe) including Isan Elba, daughter of Idris Elba; Simone Garcia Johnson, daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx; and Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer.
2021 marks a year when Spike Lee may also be a nominee at the award show, with his Netflix film Da 5 Bloods. The director is already a three-time Golden Globe nominee for BlacKkKlansman and Do The Right Thing.
Though it’s unclear exactly how this year’s ceremony will go on amid the coronavirus pandemic, and how much of the show will be virtual, it is scheduled to go live on NBC on Feb. 28 from The Beverly Hilton Hotel, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.