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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.

Colin Powell Tells Moderate GOP to

Colin Powell Tells Moderate GOP to “Come Out,” Back DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas, Kai Wright on September 20 2010, 9:34AM

The general inserts himself into Washington’s immigration debate at a crucial political moment.

Topics: DREAM Act, Politics

10 of Gabourey Sidibe's Cutest Looks (Take Note ELLE Magazine) Photo

10 of Gabourey Sidibe’s Cutest Looks (Take Note ELLE Magazine)

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2010, 12:27PM

The controversy over ELLE’s Sidibe cover inspired us to dig out some of our favorite shots of Gabby looking fabulous.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gabourey Sidibe

Video Selections for Screening

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2010, 2:40PM

Colorlines.com has been building a home for journalism in service to racial justice since 1998. Our multiracial team of writers, producers and photographers cover stories from the perspective of community, rather than through the lens of power brokers.In an investigative…

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Univision Beats ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox as the #1 Network

Univision Beats ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox as the #1 Network

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2010, 1:00PM

For the first time, the Spanish-language station wins over the industry’s most coveted demographic.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lady Gaga Brings Gay Soldiers From Fringe to Red Carpet

Lady Gaga Brings Gay Soldiers From Fringe to Red Carpet

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2010, 11:36AM

The singer makes a bold statement in opposition to the military’s ban on gay and lesbian soldiers.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Top CFDA Fashion Awards Go to Three Asian Americans

Top CFDA Fashion Awards Go to Three Asian Americans

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2010, 12:00PM

Shifts in immigration and labor policy may be at the heart of the new trends.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sasha Obama Becomes Dad's Gulf Coast Tourism Prop

Sasha Obama Becomes Dad’s Gulf Coast Tourism Prop

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2010, 1:05PM

Meanwhile, President Obama takes criticism for using his kids as PR stunts.

Topics: Media

Scenes from SB 1070 Demonstrations Across the Nation Photo

Scenes from SB 1070 Demonstrations Across the Nation

by Jorge Rivas on July 29 2010, 3:54PM

ColorLines hits the streets—and surfs the Web—to illustrate a day of activism.

Topics: Immigration

ABC's Diane Sawyer Puts a Face to Victims of SB1070

ABC’s Diane Sawyer Puts a Face to Victims of SB1070

by Jorge Rivas on July 29 2010, 11:20AM

Yesterday, in a segment titled “The Conversation: My Undocumented Life” ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed a young woman named Erika, an undocumented Arizona resident who has been in the U.S. since age 11. Sawyer produced a beautiful short interview where she…

Topics: Media

NAACP Says Pictures Tell a Thousand (Racist) Words

NAACP Says Pictures Tell a Thousand (Racist) Words

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2010, 3:30PM

As debate over the resolution continues, NAACP blogs out proof of its need.

Topics: Politics

ABC Responds, but Doesn't Correct D.L. Hughley's HIV Myth

ABC Responds, but Doesn’t Correct D.L. Hughley’s HIV Myth

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2010, 1:21PM

Gay and AIDS activists continue calling for The View to give its audience real information.

Topics: Health

Readers Debate Jesse, LeBron and Runaway Slaves

Readers Debate Jesse, LeBron and Runaway Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on July 14 2010, 1:09PM

Check out what the ColorLines community is saying about Jesse Jackson’s declaration that the Cavs treated LeBron James like a slave.

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Tell ABC to Correct D.L. Hughley's HIV Myth Making

Tell ABC to Correct D.L. Hughley’s HIV Myth Making

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2010, 11:07AM

Gay and AIDS advocates are demanding The View correct Hughley’s inaccurate assertions about “down low” men and HIV among Black women.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

LeBron--$68 Million 'Runaway Slave'?

LeBron—$68 Million ‘Runaway Slave’?

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2010, 3:01PM

Jesse Jackson says the Cavs’ owner treated LeBron like his slave. Right on or too much, Jesse?

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Readers Debate Chris Brown's BET Comeback

Readers Debate Chris Brown’s BET Comeback

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2010, 2:53PM

If singer Chris Brown had beat up Black Entertainment Television (BET) president Debra Lee’s daughter, would she let him on her awards show? That was just one of the questions readers posed on a ColorLines story published earlier this week….

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Chris Brown's Fake Tears? He Had No Business on BET Either Way

Chris Brown’s Fake Tears? He Had No Business on BET Either Way

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2010, 3:32AM

Debate’s stirring over whether Chris Brown’s breakdown on the BET Awards show was real or marketing. The real question is why he was there in the first place.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

U.S. Social Forum on Why Progressive Politics Matter Play

U.S. Social Forum on Why Progressive Politics Matter

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2010, 5:31PM

Thousands of change makers converged on Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum this week. ColorLines set up a camera and asked them why.

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If the BP Oil Spill Had Hit Your Hometown

If the BP Oil Spill Had Hit Your Hometown

by Jorge Rivas on June 16 2010, 1:29PM

The volume of oil gushing into the Gulf is hard to imagine. An enlightening, if disturbing mapping tool helps you see what 2.5 million gallons a day looks like in your own backyard.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Scenes from AZ SB1070 Protest in Phoenix [Video/Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2010, 11:25AM

An official crowd estimate was not available for Saturday’s SB1070 protest in Phoenix, Arizona, but officials overheard on the police scanner estimated the crowd at about 30,000. The march, organized by National Day Laborer Organizing Network and PUENTE Learning…

Topics: Immigration

10 of the Web's Most Viral Immigration Parodies

10 of the Web’s Most Viral Immigration Parodies

by Jorge Rivas on May 28 2010, 12:00PM

There’s nothing funny about the rightward drift of immigration policy—well, unless you’re a great satirist.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration