By Jack Barnes
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has selected Isan Elba as the Golden Globe Ambassador for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards season. Isan is the daughter of Golden Globe Award winner Idris Elba and makeup artist and businesswoman Kim Elba. In addition to aligning herself with a nonprofit organization and working to raise awareness of a cause of her choosing, Isan will assist with the distributing of trophies during the 2019 Golden Globe Awards ceremony which will air LIVE coast to coast on NBC Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from The Beverly Hilton.
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HFPA President Meher Tatna introduced Isan as the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles. “Last year, the HFPA renamed the title to represent a more inclusive role that was not only gender-neutral but also spoke to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy,” said Tatna. “However, we are continuing to stand by the tradition that the honoree is the daughter or son of a well-known actor.”
Isan shared that as part of the philanthropic efforts associated with the title of Golden Globe Ambassador, she would be focusing on the issue of mental health.
“I feel honored to hold this title and use this role to not only further educate people on the work of the HFPA, but also shine a light on issues that I care about,” said Isan. “Mental health, specifically among African Americans and my peers in particular, is something I really want to be more vocal about. There’s this perceived stigma and I’ve seen friends struggle. We need to empower young people to not be afraid to ask for help.”
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About the Golden Globe Ambassador
Chosen annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Ambassador is traditionally the son or daughter of one of the industry’s most respected actors, directors, or producers of our time and assists during the Golden Globe Awards ceremony. The title, formerly known as Miss/Mr. Golden Globe, was changed in 2017 to represent a more inclusive role that is gender-neutral and speaks to the HFPA’s commitment to philanthropy. Previous honorees include: Simone Garcia Johnson, daughter of Dwayne Johnson; Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet Stallone, daughters of Sylvester Stallone; 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.
About the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) by a group of entertainment journalists representing world media in Hollywood, who realized the need to unite and organize to gain the recognition and access to studios and talent accorded to the domestic press. All qualified journalists were accepted, with the bold goal of “Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.” A year later, the HFCA created the Golden Globe Awards which, to this day, the entire membership selects, votes on and awards every year for outstanding achievements in motion pictures and television. This year marked the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards. Members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate more than $33 million to 80 entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 25 years. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes), Instagram (@GoldenGlobes), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).
About dick clark productions
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