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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 3:28PM
Ayanbadejo also said he identified as a man with “beautiful almond coconut” skin.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.