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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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Racist Woman's Rant Gets Black Postal Worker Fired

Racist Woman’s Rant Gets Black Postal Worker Fired

by Jorge Rivas on November 12 2010, 11:26AM

Just when you thought you’d seen it all on YouTube…

Topics: Media

Tenn. State Rep. Likens Undocumented Immigrants to Rats

Tenn. State Rep. Likens Undocumented Immigrants to Rats

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2010, 5:03PM

And don’t look for an apology any time soon.

Topics: Immigration

The Dodsons Are Moving to Hollywood. For a Reality TV Show!

The Dodsons Are Moving to Hollywood. For a Reality TV Show!

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2010, 12:43PM

The Bed Intruder phenomenon is headed to a TV near you.

Topics: Antoine Dodson, Media

Antoine Dodson's Halloween Costumes Went Horribly Wrong

Antoine Dodson’s Halloween Costumes Went Horribly Wrong

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2010, 1:53PM

We told you so.

Topics: Antoine Dodson, Media

10 Buy-It-Now Buttons Meg Whitman Could Have Clicked Instead

10 Buy-It-Now Buttons Meg Whitman Could Have Clicked Instead

by Jorge Rivas, Julianne Hing on November 4 2010, 11:11AM

Ideas for the next time she wants to buy something big.

Topics: 2010 Elections

“Project Runway” Replay: Mondo Guerra Shows How to Walk Free

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2010, 10:35AM

Last week’s season finale reminds us of a revolutionary moment in reality TV earlier this year.

Topics: Arts & Culture

From Birmingham With Love: You Are Beautiful

From Birmingham With Love: You Are Beautiful

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2010, 6:21PM

Now that’s an ad message worth buying.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Northwestern's Dean Asks Students,

Northwestern’s Dean Asks Students, “Is Your Costume Racist?”

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2010, 2:51PM

Campus leaders hope students can avoid making headlines in blackface again this year.

Topics: Halloween Don'ts

Tumblr for Juan: Muslims Wear the Season's Hottest New Looks, Too

Tumblr for Juan: Muslims Wear the Season’s Hottest New Looks, Too

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2010, 4:44PM

Here’s hoping haters have Tumblr accounts.

Topics:

Seven Racist Costumes to Avoid This Halloween

Seven Racist Costumes to Avoid This Halloween

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2010, 9:28AM

Yes, retailers are actually selling an “illegal alien” costume. Just don’t do it.

Topics: Halloween

Today's Love Is for Marisol Valles--and Young People Stepping Up

Today’s Love Is for Marisol Valles—and Young People Stepping Up

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2010, 6:23PM

Because somebody has to lead.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Antoine Dodson Endorses

Antoine Dodson Endorses “Sex Offender Tracker” App

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2010, 4:24PM

It’s a nasty business, but Dodson continues to show savvy in exploiting his Internet fame.

Topics: Antoine Dodson, Gender & Sexuality, Technology

Obama Tells LGBT Youth,

Obama Tells LGBT Youth, “It Gets Better”

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2010, 1:57PM

LGBT youth advocates tell him to make it so.

Topics: LGBT Youth

LeBron James: Racist

LeBron James: Racist “Hater” Tweets Won’t Stop My Dreams

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2010, 1:52PM

Miami Heat star declares “hater day” and shows fans the nasty tweets.

Topics: Technology

Today's Love: Black Women Caring for Their Parents

Today’s Love: Black Women Caring for Their Parents

by Jorge Rivas on October 20 2010, 6:49PM

Lindsey Jordan’s story is a small window into the loving sacrifice millions of caretakers happily make.

Topics: Celebrate Love

O'Reilly Learns Nothing from Whoopi and Joy Storming Off Set

O’Reilly Learns Nothing from Whoopi and Joy Storming Off Set

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2010, 2:06PM

Makes the same assertion about Muslims on his own show later that day.

Topics: Media

Oprah Gets Schooled on HIV and Has Her Own Aha! Moment

Oprah Gets Schooled on HIV and Has Her Own Aha! Moment

by Jorge Rivas on October 8 2010, 2:24PM

An HIV-positive woman explains to Oprah that not everybody has it as well as Magic Johnson.

Topics: Health, Oprah

Scenes from DC: Rallying as Photo

Scenes from DC: Rallying as “One Nation”

by Jorge Rivas on October 2 2010, 11:14AM

Check out live coverage from today’s rally in Washington, DC.

Topics: Politics

Going to DC For

Going to DC For “One Nation” March? We need you!

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2010, 2:37PM

We’re looking for readers to send in their photos.

Topics:

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Support for DREAM Act

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Support for DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2010, 2:54PM

An estimated 825,000 students stand to benefit if the law is passed tomorrow.

Topics: DREAM Act