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This Week in People & Culture News: 12 Stories You Need to See
Saturday, November 25, 2023

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy culture press releases from PR Newswire, including Disney's support of student veterans and L'Oréal's awards to women in STEM.

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering different cultural groups stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

    1. Dove and Open Source Afro Hair Library Launch Code my Crown: the World's
       First Complete and Free Guide for Coding Textured Hair and Protective
       Styles in Video GamesCreated by Black 3D artists, Code my Crown provides
       step-by-step instructions and 360-degree photo mapping so that any
       developer - anywhere - can build and better represent Black hair textures
       and styles in the digital world.

    2. Disney Supports Next Generation of Military Veteran Leaders with $1
       Million Donation to Student Veterans of AmericaWith this donation, Disney
       becomes the founding sponsor of the upcoming SVA Career Center, which
       will empower veterans with the tools and guidance they need to
       successfully transition into the civilian workforce. This
       transformational initiative will unlock veterans' full potential like
       never before.

    3. L'Oréal USA Announces 2023 For Women in Science Awardees, Marking
       20-Year Commitment to Women in STEM"This initiative has become a hallmark
       for our company, which for two decades has given women in STEM the
       visibility and resource contributions needed to help them excel in their
       fields, advance their careers and establish themselves as leaders and
       role models for the next generation of girls and young women," said
       Marissa Pagnani McGowan, L'Oréal Groupe's Chief Sustainability Officer
       for North America.

    4. BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces the 2023 40 Under 40 ListThe 40 Under 40 Class
       of 2023 showcases a remarkable assembly of young Black visionaries and
       changemakers making their mark in their respective industries, including
       technology & stem, business, creative arts & entertainment, finance,
       media, fashion & beauty, political & social impact, and sports.

    5. Miss International Queen USA(TM) Pageant for Trans Women Announced as
       Official Preliminary for International PageantMiss International
       Queen(TM), the world's biggest pageant for transgender women held
       annually in Thailand, announced a new U.S.-based franchise Miss
       International Queen USA(TM) as the first official preliminary to the
       international pageant by U.S. nonprofit organization, Be the
       Transformational Change Fund.

    6. Pharrell Williams' Black Ambition Awards $3.2 Million Dollars to 36
       Entrepreneurs at Third Annual "Demo Day""As Founder and CEO, I am deeply
       grateful to Black Ambition for believing in me, holding space for me, and
       breaking down barriers. It's clear that Black Ambition is more than a
       prize award, it's a shift in expectation for our culture," said Grand
       Prize Winner Antoinette Banks, CEO and Founder of Expert IEP.

    7. Native American Rights Fund and the Walton Family Foundation Announce
       First-of-its-Kind Tribal Water InstituteIt will provide Tribal Nations
       resources and training to advocate for their water rights and develop
       water policy solutions. The Walton Family Foundation is making a
       three-year, $1.4 million commitment to launch the Institute.

    8. New Deloitte Study Reveals Most U.S. Workers 'Cover' Their Identities at
       Work to Their -- and Their Employers' -- DetrimentAmong the top reasons
       workers cite for covering are so that others don't think less of them, to
       avoid negative stereotypes, and to be seen as competent and/or valuable,
       highlighting ongoing fears of discrimination and unconscious bias in the

    9. Plan International USA surpasses $200 million campaign goal to fight
       gender inequality"We set out to ensure that girls were safe, educated and
       economically empowered," Shanna Marzilli, chief executive officer and
       president of Plan International USA, said. "What we found is that girls
       are best positioned to understand and solve the challenges they face.
       When given resources and opportunities, they can lead positive change in
       their communities."

    10. The Home Depot Foundation Surpasses $500 Million Invested in Veteran
        Causes, Commits $750 Million by 2030Through this incremental $250
        million, the Foundation, its nonprofit partners and Team Depot, The Home
        Depot's associate volunteer force, will focus primarily on affordable
        housing issues and impact an estimated 50,000 veterans.

    11. Knorr Celebrates the Power of Connection with Unique "Taste of Home"
        CampaignTo kick off this multi-faceted campaign, Knorr collaborated with
        emerging Vietnamese-American artist Faith Cao and Filipino-American
        artist Amira Humes to create large-scale murals in major cities. The
        installations serve as a visual representation of the profound impact
        that authentic flavors can have on an individual's life, inspiring them
        to share their art and stories with the world.

    12. OrCam Technologies Unveils OrCam Read 3 - First AI-Driven All-In-One
        Solution for People with Low Vision and Visual ImpairmentsOrCam Read 3
        will change the way individuals with vision loss and reading
        difficulties interact with visual materials. Just point the device at a
        book, computer screen, product packaging or any text, and the AI
        technology will loudly and clearly read the text aloud or through
        earphones. It even supports 17 different languages.

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