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Jason Derulo performed a selection of his chart-topping songs, accompanied by a live band and backup dancers, in a Zoom webinar Friday night as part of Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash.

Jason Derulo headlines first virtual Bigelow Bash

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor April 12, 2021
Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash didn’t take place on Bigelow Boulevard this year. Instead, Pitt students joined Jason Derulo in the garage of his Los Angeles home.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, PPC will hold this year’s Bigelow Bash with Jason Derulo via Zoom Friday at 8 p.m. Derulo, a singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer, is a top artist with more than 12 billion global streams and 190 million singles sales.

Jason Derulo to take students dancing at virtual Bigelow Bash

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer April 5, 2021
Singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer Jason Derulo is a top artist with more than 12 billion global streams and 190 million singles sales.
Staff Picks: Songs for getting schwasted

Staff Picks: Songs for getting schwasted

By The Pitt News Staff March 24, 2021
These selections are the perfect mix of bangers and slow jams, specially selected for getting schwasted alone or in small groups.
Noah Cyrus joined Pitt Program Council Friday night for a virtual concert and Q&A. The Grammy-nominated musician performed several original singles and songs from her latest EP, “The End of Everything,” and answered students’ questions about quarantine and the Grammys.

Noah Cyrus helps Pitt community get emotions out with virtual concert

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor March 14, 2021
. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s work combines pop with some country elements, and her lyrics are both deeply personal and indicative of problems that many young people face.
Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese pop star turned activist who has spoken out against censorship in Vietnam, attempted to run for a seat in Vietnam’s National Assembly and campaigned for Facebook to step in and stop the activities of pro-government censorship groups on the site.

Vietnamese pop star and activist Mai Khoi brings talents to Pitt

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer February 15, 2021
Khoi is an Artist Protection Fund fellow in residence at Pitt, and is co-hosted by the City of Asylum and the International Free Expression project.
“The Honest Struggle,” a 2017 documentary currently available on Amazon Prime, chronicles Sadiq Davis’ experiences as a formerly incarcerated person and his reassimilation into society. The Pitt jazz studies program will present a two-day event Thursday and Friday centered on the film and its themes.

Pitt Jazz Studies to honor Black History Month with screening ‘The Honest Struggle’

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer February 3, 2021
The Pitt jazz studies department features jazz artists every year for Black History Month to celebrate the roots of jazz in African American culture.
Hannah Lempert, sophomore urban studies major and public relations coordinator for the University of Thriftsburgh thrift store, created a TikTok acting out the possibility of a new online store for Thriftsburgh that went viral with almost 300,000 views.

Pitt students share fashion, college experiences and celebrity encounters on TikTok

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer February 3, 2021
Lou Amar, a sophomore communications major, posted her most viral TikTok, with 2.3 million views and over 600,000 likes, just a few days before the 2020 presidential election.
Rapper and comedian Cody Ko joined Pitt Program Council in a Zoom event Thursday night, during which he answered students’ questions about YouTube, music and making content during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cody Ko talks tech, entertainment and taking risks

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor January 29, 2021
While Ko’s career started on Vine, he now makes content on a range of media and platforms — from videos on YouTube and TikTok, to music and podcasts on Spotify.
Pitt Film Studies and Communication and Rhetoric alum Leah Dowdy performed on the “Today” show just months after releasing her first few songs on SoundCloud.

Q&A: Leah Dowdy on quarantine, her entertainment career and the “Today” show

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer January 25, 2021
The Pitt News spoke to Dowdy about her journey to her Oct. 5, 2020, performance on the “Today” show and beyond.
The Pitt department of music and jazz studies held a virtual seminar and performance this Friday to honor Geri Allen’s life and legacy.

‘Reminiscing Eminence’ pays tribute to Pitt jazz legend Geri Allen

By Beatrice McDermott, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Butterflies danced across the screen of the virtual jazz performance, accompanied by colorful bursts of flute and poetic speech in a tribute performance for jazz legend Geri Allen.
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