KST Blog

Welcome to the KST Blog!

The KST Blog serves as an alternative view of the KST programming, showcasing our artist talk series, KST curated weekly playlists, and more!

  1. Pop N’ Soft Drinks

    Poppy tunes, driving fun beats and dope lyrics. This playlist is ready for your next road trip, backyard chill, or ambitious venture from your living-room to your kitchen. Let the jams of Samurai Velvet, LoRen, BBGuns, Mars Jackson, The Childlike Empress and so many more rock with you while you sit back Pop N’ Soft Drinks.

     

  2. KST X BLM X PGH

    “Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free.” – Frannie Lou Hamer
    This playlist is all about (A)BLM. Track one, ” Enter the Blackness” by Jasiri X holds nothing back and lets you know exactly where you are. Be ready for the many dimensions and of Blackness and the multifaceted creativity of the Black community. Magic, Joy, Excellence, Pride, Power…Mattering in 17 tracks for 54 minutes.

  3. Rusted Root, KST Playlist

    American worldbeat rock band and Pittsburgh Native’s Rusted Root are the focus of this week’s playlist.

  4. Wiz Khalifa, KST Playlist

    Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and Pittsburgh Native Wiz Khalifa is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  5. KST Playlist, Mac Miller

    Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and Pittsburgh Native Mac Miller is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  6. KST Global Stream: 19 Minutes with Joseph Hall featuring Noemí Segarra Ramírez

    KST Executive Director Joseph Hall takes to Instagram Live for conversations with arts leaders in Pittsburgh, across the USA, and internationally. Tune in, get to know Joseph, and find out how he and fellow arts leaders around the world are adapting to the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

    Tuesday, July 14 features a conversation with activist, movement artist, healer, educator and cultural organizer, Noemí Segarra Ramírez. 

    19 Minutes with Joseph Hall is a part of KST Global Stream, KST’s COVID-19 responsive online programming initiative.

    Noemí Segarra Ramírez (Guest – Tuesday, July 14) is an activist, movement artist, healer, educator and cultural organizer in the field of somatic and social justice practices and experimental dance in Puerto Rico. After traveling and studying abroad, Segarra returned home to manifest a space for new forms in dance and expand the reach of these practices beyond art.  to mobilization and organization. PISO proyecto is a container to approach structured movement improvisation and instant composition as Afro Caribbean and Afro boricua practices of affirmation, embodied sovereignty and agency, and community building. Mutual aid, interdependence, redistribution, collaboration, co creation centering and embodiment of the uses of the erotic redefining power are at the core of our work. 

  7. Christina Aguilera

    Singer, songwriter, actress, television personalityand Pittsburgh Native Christina Aguilera is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  8. KST Global Stream: Down with ODD featuring Jasiri X

    KST Deputy Director Orlana Darkins Drewery takes to Instagram Live for conversations with the KST community members. On Wednesday, July 8, Darkins Drewery is joined by Jasiri X, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of 1Hood Media. Join us to see how folks are managing the impact of COVID-19.

    Down with ODD  is a part of KST Global Stream, KST’s COVID-19 responsive online programming initiative.

    Jasiri X (Guest Wednesday, July, 8) is the first independent Hip-Hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit”, which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100, and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh based organization he founded, 1Hood Media, which teaches youth of color how to analyze and create media for themselves. His critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement. He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on Hip-Hop, race, and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, University of Chicago, NYU, Yale, and Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena. In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2017 he received the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship to start the 1Hood Artivist Academy. Jasiri is also a recipient of the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

  9. Billy Porter, KST Playlist

    Broadway theater performer, singer, actor, and Pittsburgh Native Billy Porter is the focus of this week’s playlist.

  10. KST Global Stream: 19 Minutes with Joseph Hall featuring Jessica Lynne

    Every Tuesday at 12:30pm, KST Executive Director Joseph Hall takes to Instagram Live for conversations with arts leaders in Pittsburgh, across the USA, and internationally. Tune in, get to know Joseph, and find out how he and fellow arts leaders around the world are adapting to the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

    19 Minutes with Joseph Hall is a part of KST Global Stream, KST’s COVID-19 responsive online programming initiative.

    On Tuesday, June 30. Hall was joined by writer and art critic Jessica Lynne.

    Jessica Lynne (Guest – Tuesday, June 30) is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in America, The Believer, BOMB Magazine, The Nation and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about love, faith, and the American South. Jessica lives and works in coastal Virginia. Find her online at @lynne_bias.