Isan Elba is the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador

November 14, 2018
Isan Elba, Ambassador 2019

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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.

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.”

At the Ambassador event, the HFPA also announced $300,000 in donations to organizations helping those impacted by the recent mass shooting and current wildfires in California.

“From a devastating massacre in Thousand Oaks a week ago, to blazing wildfires that are still tearing through our state, it is times like this when the community needs to come together and support one another,” said Meher Tatna, President of the HFPA. “This is why the HFPA is making donations to help the victims and their loved ones who have been impacted, and to support the selfless work of our first responders.”

The donations include:

  • $100,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation which has set up two funds to help the victims of the Hill and Woolsey fires, as well as the victims’ families of the Thousand Oaks mass shooting;
  • $100,000 to the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program which enables firefighters on the frontlines to distribute prepaid debit cards to help victims get through the first hours after losing their homes and possessions;
  • $50,000 to the California Fire Foundation to help provide emotional and financial assistance to firefighters, the communities they protect, and families of fallen firefighters including educational scholarships to their children; and
  • $50,000 to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund which helps provide long-term recovery efforts to those impacted by the fires.

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