Jorge Rivas

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

Jorge Rivas is multimedia editor and pop culture blogger for 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 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 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,, Racialicious, The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

It's Official: We're Desperate for a BP Oil Spill Solution

It’s Official: We’re Desperate for a BP Oil Spill Solution

by Jorge Rivas on May 26 2010, 5:50PM

PBS opens the suggestion box. Ideas? A ShamWow towel and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Aiyana Jones Laid To Rest

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2010, 1:38PM

On Saturday, only six days after he put his daughter Aiyana to sleep on his living room couch, Charles Jones laid her to rest in a Detroit church. Hundreds of mourners filled Second Ebenezer Church to give their final…


Naomi Campbell Turns 40, Still Workin’ It In a White Industry

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2010, 3:37PM

Naomi Campbell is currently embroiled in a blood diamond scandal, and she’s notorious for throwing cell phones at peoples’ noggins, but you’ve gotta give it to her for continuing to thrive in an industry that just doesn’t employ people…


“The View” Ladies Take on SB 1070, McCain and the DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on May 19 2010, 3:54PM

The ladies from The View this morning took up Arizona’s SB 1070 as a hot topic, and while they were at it, they talked about Senator McCain and the DREAM Act too!…

Topics: Media

Kobe Bryant’s Wife Wears “Do I Look Illegal” Shirt to Game 1 Against Phoenix Suns

by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2010, 3:35PM

Last night at Game 1 of the NBA western conference finals in Los Angeles, the Lakers dominated Los Phoenix Suns. But on the sidelines, Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant — born Vanessa Cornejo Ubrieta, and whose father is Mexican…

Topics: Sports

Lebanese Immigrant Wins Miss USA and Miss Oklahoma on SB 1070 [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2010, 11:30AM

A 24-year old Arab-American won the title of Miss USA in the annual beauty pageant held Sunday night in Las Vegas. Rima Fakih, a Lebanese immigrant, who moved to the United States as a baby, is the first woman…

Topics: Media

Unheard Vietnamese Voices from the Gulf Coast [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2010, 2:05PM

The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill is an environmental, economic and social disaster that is affecting the livelihood and the economic stability of the entire Gulf Coast region. But the Gulf Coast’s Vietnamese fishing community face some of the…

Topics: Environment

Senate’s Sole Latino Joins Call for Arizona Baseball Boycott

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2010, 11:50AM

Last Thursday the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States, announced plans to boycott the state of Arizona. The campaign calls groups (including churches and corporations) and “ordinary citizens” across the…

Topics: Sports

1,000,000 FaceBook Users Support Humiliating Welfare Recipients

by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2010, 3:56PM

The Facebook fan page “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!,” which was launched in December 2009, garnered more than 500,000 fans. Its goal, to pressure Saturday Night Live producers to let Golden Girls star Betty White host the show, became…

Topics: Technology

Lena Horne, Legendary Singer and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 92 ‎

Lena Horne, Legendary Singer and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 92 ‎

by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2010, 12:21PM

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, the first Black actress to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio (MGM, in 1942) and the first Black actress to be popularly accepted in roles that were as glamorous as any offered to…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Somali Pirates’ Story Still Simplified to Death

by Jorge Rivas on May 6 2010, 10:36AM

Somali pirates are in the news again, but the bigger story — about where they fit into a globally exploitative economy — is still left out of the coverage. On Wednesday, Somali pirate-related headlines hit the front pages of…

Topics: Media

Shopping for Guns to Enforce SB1070

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2010, 3:24PM

Participants check out assault rifles on display at the Border Security Expo on April 28, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Last Thursday, one day before Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law, she held a…

Topics: Immigration

Scenes from Arizona's SB1070 Protests

Scenes from Arizona’s SB1070 Protests

by Jorge Rivas on April 26 2010, 2:12PM

Thousands of people gathered outside Arizona’s Capitol building on Sunday to protest against AZ Senate Bill 1070.

Topics: Immigration

Brewer: 'I Do Not Know What An Illegal Immigrant Looks Like'

Brewer: ‘I Do Not Know What An Illegal Immigrant Looks Like’

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2010, 5:32PM

Immediately following the press conference where Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, someone in the press pool asked her to “please explain what criteria will be used to determine if someone is an illegal immigrant? What does…

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Zack De La Rocha Sez ‘To Be Brown is to Be a Suspect’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2010, 11:09AM

Along with Alto Arizona, Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha has made a PSA in response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070, a bill that would dramatically expand police powers to stop, question and detain individuals for not…

Topics: Immigration

Why 'Ugly Betty' Was a Really Big Deal

Why ‘Ugly Betty’ Was a Really Big Deal

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2010, 12:00PM

From undocumented dads to gay kids, we’d never seen TV like that. Here are five ways the show blew up the small screen—with video to prove it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

White House Footage of Michelle Obama in Haiti

White House Footage of Michelle Obama in Haiti

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2010, 7:24PM

Last Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden met Haiti relief workers and Haitian President Rene Preval to reiterate U.S. support to rebuilding efforts in the country. “I think this is a really good time for us to…

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

VH1 Goes Trashy-to-Classy Through Black Folks

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2010, 6:30PM

VH1, the network that brought us Flavor of Love and I Love New York — two of the trashiest reality shows in the history of television — is movin’ on up to programming that includes more classy Black folks….

Topics: Media, Video & Multimedia

Michael Steele’s Problem “Isn’t the Race Card, It’s the Credit Card”

by Jorge Rivas on April 6 2010, 1:43PM

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele is in the news again. Last month he was making headlines for spending almost $2,000 of RNC money at an erotic, bondage-themed strip club in California. And just when you thought…

Topics: Politics

The Rumors Begin: Obama’s Next Supreme Court Nominee

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2010, 1:57PM

In an interview with The NY Times, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens confirmed rumors that he’s considering retiring. “I do have to fish or cut bait, just for my own personal peace of mind and also in fairness to…