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This Week in People & Culture News: 11 Stories You Need to See
Saturday, December 16, 2023

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy culture press releases from PR Newswire, including the impacts of social isolation on those living in urban areas.

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 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. Survey: Social isolation critically impacts people living in urban areas,
       lower-income Americans, and Black and Hispanic communitiesWhen asked how
       difficult, if at all, it's been to resume social activities following the
       most socially isolated times of the COVID-19 pandemic, 27% of Americans
       said "very" or "somewhat difficult" while that number increases for
       Hispanic (37%) and Black (34%) Americans, people who live in urban areas
       (35%), and low-income Americans (29%).

    2. Carol's Daughter Announces Partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures' New
       Big Screen Reimagining of a Classic, The Color PurpleTo celebrate the
       partnership, the brand has launched the "From Sister to Sister" campaign,
       which aims to celebrate the profound and meaningful relationships that
       exist between mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends, and mentors.

    3. Montefiore AIDS Center Awarded $6.8 Million to Curb the Disproportionate
       Impact of HIV on Black, Hispanic & LGBTQ+ Communities"We have made
       tremendous strides in addressing HIV and AIDS. But since the beginning of
       the HIV/AIDS epidemic, communities of color and people who identify as
       LGBTQ+ remain at higher risk and unacceptable disparities remain," said
       Barry Zingman, M.D., the principal investigator at Montefiore for all
       three grants and Medical Director of the Montefiore AIDS Center.

    4. Girl Rising Announces Open Letter from Future Rising Fellows Ahead of
       COP28The letter emphasizes the need for an inclusive and cooperative
       negotiation process and urges leaders to prioritize climate education
       globally. It also calls on developed countries to fulfill their
       commitment to contribute an annual $100 billion USD to support climate
       activities in developing nations, particularly for adaptation and

    5. Make-A-Wish kids are wishing it forward this holiday season through a
       motivational hotlineFrom Dec. 4 through Dec. 31, the hotline will give
       callers a break from everyday stress with messages to inspire
       togetherness and maintain the festive spirit.

    6. Hinge Announces $1 Million Fund to Help Gen Z Build Community
       In-PersonStarting in January 2024, One More Hour will provide individual
       grants in amounts up to $25,000 to select social groups in Atlanta, Los
       Angeles, and New York City that provide Gen Z with fresh, affordable, and
       recurring in-person opportunities to connect with others.

    7. Rockstar Energy Teams Up with Global Superstar Myke Towers to Discover
       Emerging Latin Urban Music Talent"It is with immense pride that we offer
       Latin urban artists, who have proven to be a transformative force in the
       music industry, the right energy to shine in any situation as they grow
       their career and help turn their dreams into reality," said Fabiola
       Torres, SVP, CMO Energy Portfolio / SVP Hispanic Business Unit in
       Beverages at PepsiCo.

    8. Unwrapping Smiles: The National Council Launches Annual Toy Drive for
       Families Impacted by Incarceration"Together, we can create lasting
       memories and spread warmth to those who need it most. Our Toy Drive isn't
       just about presents; it's about instilling hope, creating connections,
       and showcasing the immense power of collective kindness," said Sashi
       James, Director of Reimagining Communities TNC/FJAH.

    9. OATS from AARP Opens Senior Planet Miami: The First Technology-Themed
       Community Center for Older Adults in MiamiAs the area's first
       technology-themed community center for older adults, visitors can get
       help with technology and learn new skills in a spacious, modern center
       packed with 72 screens, featuring state-of-the-art computer equipment and
       Wi-Fi - all free of charge.

    10. Awarded Oak Foundation Grant to Launch Groundbreaking
        Digital Resource for Students With Learning and Thinking DifferencesThe
        hub's resources will empower students with learning and thinking
        differences, increase empathy among their peers, and highlight the
        factors that help them thrive. The hub will also address racial and
        economic equity to increase equitable outcomes.

    11. Partnership With Native Americans Receives $1 Million to Strengthen
        Tribal Emergency PreparednessWhen emergencies arise in Tribal
        communities, PWNA responds quickly with essential materials and relief.
        With the recent grant funding, PWNA will be able to continue helping
        tribes develop and implement emergency preparedness strategies.

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