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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.

Chris Dorner Memes in Full Effect

Chris Dorner Memes in Full Effect

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 1:24PM

The LAPD manhunt for Chris Dorner has sparked some memes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

LAPD 'Had No Idea' Who They Were Shooting At in Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims' Lawyer

LAPD ‘Had No Idea’ Who They Were Shooting At in Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims’ Lawyer

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 11:09AM

The search for the man dubbed the “LAPD Cop Killer” has led to three different innocent people being shot at by Southern California police. All three victims looked nothing like Chris Dorner, the target in the manhunt that’s gone on…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month

Largest Private Prison Group in U.S. Wishes You a Happy Black History Month

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2013, 3:44PM

The CEO of the largest private corrections company in the United States wants to wish you a happy Black History Month.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYPD Breaks Down 'Stop-Frisk' Data by Precinct and Race

NYPD Breaks Down ‘Stop-Frisk’ Data by Precinct and Race

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2013, 11:47AM

Earlier this week the New York Police Department released a report that breaks down its controversial stop and frisk policy by precinct and race.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Rubio to Deliver 'Estado de la Unión' Rebuttal in English and Spanish

Rubio to Deliver ‘Estado de la Unión’ Rebuttal in English and Spanish

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2013, 11:02AM

On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the President’s State of the Union address. Rubio, who is Cuban-American, will…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The New and Improved 'God Made a Farmer' Ads

The New and Improved ‘God Made a Farmer’ Ads

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 3:32PM

“We saw Dodge’s ‘God Made A Farmer’ ad and we thought it didn’t reflect the whole picture. So we gave it a bit of a fix,” reads the description for the video uploaded to the Brave New Foundation’s YouTube channel. The video…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Girls' Lena Dunham: 'I Blurted Out to My Dad, 'Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviewed'' My Show!

Girls’ Lena Dunham: ‘I Blurted Out to My Dad, ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviewed” My Show!

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 2:44PM

Last week Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a review of HBO’s “Girls” that was critical of the show’s characters and their privileges. The show’s creator Lena Dunham says she was excited to hear the sports legend watched her show but it ends…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Native American Man Schools Protesters at Arizona Anti-immigration Rally

Native American Man Schools Protesters at Arizona Anti-immigration Rally

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 1:05PM

A video uploaded to YouTube on Monday shows an American Indian man scolding a group of anti-immgrant demonstrators in Tucson, Arizona.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

We've Got A Hugger: Sonia Sotomayor

We’ve Got A Hugger: Sonia Sotomayor

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 11:42AM

Sotomayor is hugging a lot of kids on her book tour.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Duke Frat Throws 'International Relations' Party But Really It's a 'Racist Rager'

Duke Frat Throws ‘International Relations’ Party But Really It’s a ‘Racist Rager’

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2013, 11:20AM

A group of students have taken it upon themselves to shame students who went to an “international relations” party.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Trayvon Martin Would Have Turned 18 Today

Trayvon Martin Would Have Turned 18 Today

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 6:17PM

Supporters mark Trayvon Martin’s 18th birthday in Sanford , Fla on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. The Orlando Sentinel captured video of supporters celebrating his birthday….

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Super Bowl Champ Brendon Ayanbadejo Talks LGBT Equality With Don Lemon

Super Bowl Champ Brendon Ayanbadejo Talks LGBT Equality With Don Lemon

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 3:28PM

Ayanbadejo also said he identified as a man with “beautiful almond coconut” skin.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

L.A. DA: Chris Brown Likely Faked His Community Service Hours

L.A. DA: Chris Brown Likely Faked His Community Service Hours

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 2:17PM

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey says Chris Brown has given no “credible, competent or verifiable” evidence that he has completed any of his court-ordered community labor LA Times reports: > Prosecutors noted “significant discrepancies” and are asking that…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Latino Farmers Breaking Barriers in Midwest

Latino Farmers Breaking Barriers in Midwest

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 1:22PM

PRI’s “The World” reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch reports on a new U.S. government project is supporting immigrant farmers.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What Other Conversations Should We Be Having Alongside Gun Control Talks?

What Other Conversations Should We Be Having Alongside Gun Control Talks?

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 11:49AM

Colorlines.com’s editorial director Kai Wright was a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on Sunday for a discussion on gun control.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Responds to Critics of his 'Girls' Review

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Responds to Critics of his ‘Girls’ Review

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 10:47AM

This time around he’s written a piece to respond to those that were surprised that a former basketball player could actually deconstruct and analyze pop culture.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Heckuva' Job Brownie' Mocks Super Bowl Blackout

‘Heckuva’ Job Brownie’ Mocks Super Bowl Blackout

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 5:12PM

Racial undertones, anyone?

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Untold Story of Restaurant Work in the U.S. [Infographic]

The Untold Story of Restaurant Work in the U.S. [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 4:29PM

Did you know the minimum wage for tipped workers has been frozen at $2.13 for the last 21 years?

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Black Astronaut Who Died in Challenger Mission Was Never About The Norms

Black Astronaut Who Died in Challenger Mission Was Never About The Norms

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 4:10PM

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff.

Topics: History, /NOW

First Latina to Send Hello Kitty (Almost) Into Space

First Latina to Send Hello Kitty (Almost) Into Space

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 3:40PM

Lauren Rojas of Antioch, Calif., wanted to test the effects of altitute on air pressure and temperature for school.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW