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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 2, 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 2, 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 24, 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.
The second episode of “Jazz Talk,” a video series by Nicole Mitchell Gantt, was livestreamed on the Pitt music department’s YouTube channel Wednesday night as part of the 50th Pitt Jazz Seminar.

‘Jazz Talk’ addresses revolutionary roots of Black music

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor November 6, 2020
The second episode of “Jazz Talk” was livestreamed on the music department’s YouTube channel Wednesday night as part of the 50th Pitt Jazz Seminar, in honor of former jazz studies directors Nathan Davis and Geri Allen.
The jazz studies department chose to move this year’s annual Jazz Seminar online due to COVID-19.

Pitt Jazz Seminar features performances, speakers to honor founding figures

By Sona Sharma, For The Pitt News November 4, 2020
Geri Allen and Nathan Davis are the focus of a series of performances and talks at this year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the annual Pitt Jazz Seminar.
Patti LuPone sings at her virtual concert Saturday night. Screenshot via Cadenza TV

Review: “Don’t keep your distance” from Patti LuPone

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer October 25, 2020
Given her extensive history performing, it’s no surprise Lupone gave an amazing show with little more than her voice.
Nissim Black performed and answered student questions at a Zoom event hosted by Pitt Program Council Thursday night.

Nissim Black discusses Jewish faith, power of music at virtual event

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor October 23, 2020
Black, a self-identified African American Hasidic Jew, delivered live renditions of his songs and discussed his early experiences in the music industry and his exploration of religion.
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