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By Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke
The beginning of every year is a time for reflection. What have we experienced and learned? What are our dreams and goals for the year ahead?
For our team at the Pop Culture Collaborative, the heartache and seemingly endless outrages that plagued 2018 have shaped our reflections on the pop culture for social change field. While the pain was stark and the crises sometimes overwhelming, the bold leadership of an expanding and interconnected group of artists, organizers, entertainment industry leaders, social justice powerhouses, cultural strategists, and others has given us life. Together, you are shaping a vision of a society rooted in shared belonging and purpose. Rejecting a culture of toxic masculinity and nationalism, you have begun to write the story of a future in which pluralism and equity are not only ideals we all believe in, but the bedrocks of a society we are willing to fight for.
As we look forward to 2019, we already see your vision taking hold across the pop culture landscape. Just a few days ago, movement leader and grantee Ai-jen Poo walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes to honor ROMA, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s award-winning film about an indigenous domestic worker whose care and determination holds a family together as their home falls apart. Black Panther, a blockbuster superhero film about warrior justice fighters in Wakanda, has inspired not one but two new fan fiction anthologies—curated and published by grantees at the Wakanda Dream Lab—about immigration and transgender leadership in a nation evolving from isolationism to inclusivity.
2019 will also bring:
With more than 60 grantee partners in just two years, we are proud to work with and learn from so many individuals and organizations who are imagining, building, creating, and collaborating to change our culture and transform our world. With that, we are pleased to announce our most recent cohort of grantees who are working to:
Join us in welcoming these individuals and organizations into the Pop Culture Collaborative community. Our resolve and efforts will no doubt be tested this coming year, but we believe that the the work of our grantees and partners is powerful enough to overwhelm the toxicity and inspire millions of people to cry out against injustice and imagine themselves into a better future.
We thank all of you for taking part in this inspiring and important work.