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Jorge Rivas

Jorge Rivas
Jorge Rivas Multimedia Editor / Pop Culture Blogger
Los Angeles, CA

Jorge Rivas is multimedia editor and pop culture blogger for Colorlines.com. A firm believer in the power of visual communications to inform and move people into action, Jorge uses multimedia presentations to help readers build stronger connections to stories. Jorge has covered the public housing crisis in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of deportation on families, and brought live images of the President Obama's inauguration to Colorlines.com readers.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jorge started in broadcast as an intern at the age of 16 and since worked in the entertainment industry and on international advertising campaigns. Jorge received his B.A. in Raza Studies from San Francisco State University where he studied immigration, healthcare perspectives and the interrelationship of culture, community, and the internet. Prior to joining Applied Research Center (ARC) and Colorlines.com in 2005, Rivas worked on a living wage campaign in Brooklyn, NY through the Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP).

Jorge uses his media and ethnic studies background to deconstruct representation of people of color in pop culture, illustrating how pop culture can shape opinions, perceptions and even public policy. Jorge's work has appeared on Elle.com, Essence.com, Racialicious, The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

The Immigrant You Won't See in Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring'

The Immigrant You Won’t See in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Bling Ring’

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2013, 8:07AM

In the age of immigration reform and Deferred Action are portrayals of undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes a good thing?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Parents of Biracial Cheerios Girl Say They Were 'Excited' About Negative Comments

Parents of Biracial Cheerios Girl Say They Were ‘Excited’ About Negative Comments

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2013, 11:33AM

Cheerios commercial star and her family made an appearance on MSNBC.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Yasiel Puig Breaks Dodgers Merchandise Sales Record

Yasiel Puig Breaks Dodgers Merchandise Sales Record

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2013, 10:40AM

Yasiel Puig did it all during his first week in the big leagues, hitting homers and making jaw-dropping defensive plays on a daily basis.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

SF Giants' Sergio Romo Records Video in Support of Immigration Reform

SF Giants’ Sergio Romo Records Video in Support of Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2013, 8:34AM

The video appears on Major League Baseball’s YouTube channel.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Real Life Black Hair Exhibit You Can Touch in NYC's Union Square

Real Life Black Hair Exhibit You Can Touch in NYC’s Union Square

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2013, 8:08AM

Three black women with three different hair types are standing in Union Square this weekend holding signs that read “You can touch my hair.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dramatic Reading of Racist YouTube Comments Left on 'What Kind of Asian Are You?' Video

Dramatic Reading of Racist YouTube Comments Left on ‘What Kind of Asian Are You?’ Video

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2013, 10:18AM

Actors read real comments from “What Kind of Asian Are You?”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Arianna Huffington Tell Former Obama Adviser That Record Deportations Are a 'Tragedy'

Watch Arianna Huffington Tell Former Obama Adviser That Record Deportations Are a ‘Tragedy’

by Jorge Rivas on June 3 2013, 3:39PM

Huffington reminded the former Obama advisor that deporting someone means sending them back to a different country and separating them from their families.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Cheerios' Biracial Family Ad Becomes Their Most Viewed on YouTube

Cheerios’ Biracial Family Ad Becomes Their Most Viewed on YouTube

by Jorge Rivas on June 3 2013, 2:23PM

The Cheerios commercial starring a white mother, a black father and their biracial daughter is the most popular ad on the cereal’s YouTube channel. The spot began airing on national television last Monday and was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Celebrities Don Fedoras to Push Immigration Reform

Celebrities Don Fedoras to Push Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on June 3 2013, 11:12AM

Photographer Albert Watson shoots portraits of celebrities wearing fedoras as part of a new campaign to promote immigration reform.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Graduation Rates at Historically Black Colleges Drop

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2013, 2:34PM

Graduation rates at historically black HBCUs, which were already facing scrutiny under a national push to improve outcomes in higher education, have fallen over the last five years.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Connecticut to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Apply for Driving Licenses

Connecticut to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Apply for Driving Licenses

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2013, 12:18PM

Connecticut is set to become the latest state to allow immigrants to get driver’s licenses regardless of their legal status.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Cheerios Ad Starring Interracial Family Ignites Racist Hate Storm

Cheerios Ad Starring Interracial Family Ignites Racist Hate Storm

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2013, 11:12AM

We’ve seen interracial couples on television for decades but corporate companies have largely stayed away from including them in advertising.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

George Zimmerman Legal Team Asks Public for Cash

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2013, 11:01AM

With less than two-weeks before jury selection begins for the murder case, Zimmerman’s lawyers have turned to the internet for donations to help fund his defense.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ten Members Of Congress Urge Washington Redskins To Change Name

Ten Members Of Congress Urge Washington Redskins To Change Name

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2013, 1:46PM

The football team owner says he’ll never change the name.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

'What Kind of Asian Are You?' Answered in Hilarious Video

‘What Kind of Asian Are You?’ Answered in Hilarious Video

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2013, 1:06PM

If we were all only so bold.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Minneapolis Teens Trade Hip-Hop Producing Training in Exchange for Homework

Minneapolis Teens Trade Hip-Hop Producing Training in Exchange for Homework

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2013, 2:28PM

An after-school program set up by the North Community YMCA in Minneapolis gives young kids the opportunity to make rap music as a reward for keeping up with their schoolwork

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Zimmerman Defense Team Releases New Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

Zimmerman Defense Team Releases New Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2013, 11:27AM

Data released Thursday by the defense from slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin’s cellphone includes texts with a friend about fighting and smoking pot.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Attorneys Insist Jurors Should Hear About Trayvon Martin's Pot Use

Zimmerman Attorneys Insist Jurors Should Hear About Trayvon Martin’s Pot Use

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2013, 11:12AM

Judge Nelson will likely rule on the issue during a day-long hearing May 28 in Sanford, Florida.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Walmart Security Allegedly Suspected Father of Kidnapping Biracial Kids

Walmart Security Allegedly Suspected Father of Kidnapping Biracial Kids

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2013, 10:47AM

The father is white and his wife of ten years is black and according to a Walmart manager that means their children “didn’t fit.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

West Coast's Second Largest Paper Drops the Term 'Illegal Immigrant'

West Coast’s Second Largest Paper Drops the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2013, 1:47PM

The second largest newspaper on the West Coast tells its writers they can no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.”

Topics: Media, /NOW