What is the Pop Culture Worker Council?

Our inaugural Pop Culture Worker Council is comprised of We Dream in Black Chapter and Affiliate Organization member leaders who are house cleaners, nannies, home care workers, and also storytellers, artists, and creative entrepreneurs.

The Pop Culture Worker Council members work together to think through how we use, create, and develop stories and other immersive narrative experiences to spark profound shifts in how people think, feel, and behave in the world. Throughout history, culture and storytelling have been the backbone of social movements. How stories – through words and visuals – are told often defines whose lives and voices are valued and whose are not.

In the current political climate, we believe that building the cultural and narrative power of domestic workers is more critical than ever. This means recognizing the deep knowledge domestic workers already hold and valuing and investing in members as savvy storytellers, cultural critics, and sharp spokespeople.

The Pop Culture Worker Council has highlighted some of the stereotypes in entertainment and social media and how we, as domestic workers, can change the narrative.

Kara Levy, We Dream in Black Houston

Pop Culture Worker Council

Domestic workers celebrating the film Roma and its tremendous representation during NDWA’s Oscar celebration in 2019.

Fifteen member leaders were selected, and more than seven languages are spoken amongst the cohort: Haitian Creole, Garífuna, Nepali, Spanish, Tagalog, Portuguese and English. We are a multiracial group of Black, Indigenous, Latinx/e, and AAPI  leaders with representation from each sector of domestic work: house cleaners, nannies, home care workers for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Members are based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Texas (Houston and the Rio Grande Valley border with Mexico), New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, California (San Bernardino and East Palo Alto), and Atlanta, GA.

Through our program, Pop Culture Worker Council members have strengthened their abilities to analyze, critique, create and (re)imagine narrative, media, and cultural outputs that ensure the diverse knowledge and lived experiences of domestic workers are included at every stage of our culture change strategies.  Together, we built generative opportunities to create the stories we’d like to see in the world.

Read Our Report

Read our report, Spotlighting Domestic Workers Representation in Film & TV. This report reveals the baseline for domestic worker representation so it can be used as a catalyst to change the narrative and start more conversations in the industry about accurate and authentic portrayals of domestic workers.

Our Consulting Work in Hollywood

We believe in the power of storytelling to bring domestic workers out of the shadows and into the spotlight. NDWA can support writers and entertainment professionals in telling these stories.