Satchel and Jackson Lewis Lee are headed to Hollywood, however not for lengthy, they are saying.
The siblings are on the town this weekend as this yr’s Golden Globes ambassadors, a largely ceremonial position historically reserved for the kids of Hollywood’s elite.
The progeny of the Oscar-winning director Spike Lee and his spouse, Tonya Lewis Lee, they’re the primary Black siblings chosen for the position.
Coincidentally or not, they have been chosen the identical yr that Spike Lee was snubbed, for his Vietnam veteran drama “Da 5 Bloods,” alongside different distinguished Black creators and actors like Michaela Coel. The siblings say they’re used to their father not at all times being acknowledged for his work.
“When he was making films that no one was responding to or they weren’t as massive as they’ve been, it didn’t actually faze him,” Satchel Lee mentioned, including that he would simply transfer on to his subsequent venture.
The Los Angeles Times just lately reported that there aren’t any Black members of the Hollywood International Press Affiliation, the group of 87 journalists who select the Golden Globe nominees and winners.
Earlier this month, the pair, who’re each of their 20s, sat of their mother and father’ grayish blue lounge on Manhattan’s Higher East Aspect, considering what’s arguably their public debut.
“We’re excited to be the primary siblings of coloration,” Ms. Lee mentioned. “We’ll do it, so then you definately don’t should say this once more, as a result of there’s going to be far more.”
The ambassadors every get a $25,000 grant to donate to a corporation of their selection. Jackson Lewis Lee, 23, the primary Black man to ever be ambassador, has chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a one-to-one mentoring group.
Mr. Lee studied movie and tv at New York College, the place his father is a tenured professor, and just lately began a artistic company, Indigo212. He additionally has a director’s credit score for “Thompson Farm,” a brief movie a few son who stands as much as his bootlegger father, and filmed a brief video for Coach that featured his father and sister, in addition to the actor Michael B. Jordan.
“I wish to have my hand in all the things,” Mr. Lee mentioned.
That definitely applies to Huge Brothers Huge Sisters. Along with the grant, Mr. Lee has helped join the nonprofit to his pals at Gucci.
“By means of him, we bought launched to the Gucci scholarship affect line and now our Littles are having alternatives to use for scholarships within the vogue business and vogue faculties as a result of he made an introduction,” mentioned Artis Stevens, the primary Black president and chief govt of the 160-year-old group.
Mr. Lee mentioned he discovered the significance of mentorship by his father, whom he intently resembles save for an additional few ft of peak. “It reveals you what the totality of a profession actually is, as a result of clearly you’re capable of have a front-row seat to the ups and downs and the way issues operate,” he mentioned.
His sister, Satchel Lee, 26, is the primary brazenly queer ambassador. She studied movie and tv at N.Y.U.’s Tisch Faculty of the Arts, and was the artistic director of Drome, which she described as a “queer, artwork and tradition, vogue journal.”
“I’m a photographer, filmmaker, author, artistic director and producer,” Ms. Lee mentioned. “I wish to be the Gertrude Stein of this era.”
She donated her grant to Callen-Lorde, a corporation in New York Metropolis that gives medical care to the L.G.B.T. group no matter skill to pay.
“We’re so extremely touched and glad that she selected us,” Wendy Stark, the manager director at Callen-Lorde, mentioned in an interview. “In only a few weeks that we’ve identified her, she has confirmed such an awesome dedication to our mission and to the advocacy work, in addition to the well being care providers that we offer.”
Ms. Lee participated in digital periods the place she talked about how the facility of non-public storytelling can change coverage. “It was such an unbelievable presentation and dialog,” Ms. Stark mentioned. “It’s a lovely new friendship.”
Ms. Lee is obsessed with increasing medical care to those that lack entry, particularly individuals who have confronted discrimination. “Everyone is aware of, going to the physician may be actually scary,” Ms. Lee mentioned. “It’s even scarier when the docs don’t even perceive what you’re attempting to inform them or make assumptions about you as an individual due to your orientation or your gender presentation.”
Additionally essential to Ms. Lee? Giving again to New York Metropolis. “I’m not a Hollywood particular person,” she mentioned, as she petted her pet, Otis. “L.A. is good to go to, however that is my dwelling.”