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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Guide: The Federal Prop 8 Trial

Guide: The Federal Prop 8 Trial

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2010, 3:29PM

A handy tip sheet on the key legal questions, from LAist.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Prop 8

The Power of Data Visualization: Used to Mislead As Much As Inform

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2010, 3:30PM

Alex Lundry, a conservative political pollster and data visualizer, recently presented at Ignite DC, a conference designed to “spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.” (Before I get any angry comments, you should know I do not…

Topics: Media

Washington State’s Court Ruling Ensures Eligible Voters with Felony Convictions Can Vote

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2010, 1:02PM

Yesterday, a Federal Appeals Court in Washington held that the state’s law denying the vote to people with felony convictions is racially discriminatory and violates the Voting Rights Act. “This landmark ruling recognizes that racial discrimination in Washington’s criminal justice…

Topics: News Items

It’s Official: Transportation Security Agency is Racial Profiling

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2010, 2:09PM

For years, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has denied racial profiling in airports by saying they stop passengers at random or based on behavior not appearance. The TSA has never released a list of suspicious behaviors that qualify someone for…

Topics: National Security

RaceWire’s Ten Most Popular Posts of 2009

by Jorge Rivas on December 31 2009, 9:47AM

Speaking English a Requirement for Motherhood? Reunite Cirila Baltazar Cruz with her Baby In Pascagoula, Mississippi, in November 2008, Cirila Baltazar Cruz gave birth to a baby girl. Soon after, her daughter was taken away from her because she could…


What’s Keeping All the Single Black Ladies from Putting a Ring on It?

by Jorge Rivas on December 30 2009, 2:58PM

Forty-two percent of U.S. black women have never been married, double the number of white women who’ve never walked down the aisle. And if they want to marry black men things are even tougher. ABC’s NightLine is reporting there…


A Message to World Leaders from Global Youth

by Jorge Rivas on December 28 2009, 11:26AM

Following the failure and collapse of the 2009 Copenhagen UN climate summit, the international youth climate movement has the following message for world leaders: “You’re not done yet. And neither are we.”…

Topics: Environment

Joe Lieberman Kills Public Option in Exchange for $1,000,000 from Insurance Industry

by Jorge Rivas on December 18 2009, 12:48PM

  Senator Joe Lieberman almost single handedly killed off the most recent public option proposals. So, does it come as a surprise that he’s received more than one million dollars in cash from the insurance industry since 1998, making him…

Topics: Health

Is ‘Glee’ a Little Bit Racist?

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2009, 12:20PM

I’m a big fan of Fox’s “Glee.” I saw the pilot episode a year ago and remember thinking, “Whoa. There’s a Black girl, a guy in a wheelchair, a goth Asian girl, a gay kid….” I marveled at the…


Obama Gives Himself a ‘Solid B-Plus’

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2009, 11:21AM

After nearly a year in office, how does President Obama grade himself? “A good solid B-plus,” he said, answering a question from Oprah Winfrey during a television special that aired on Sunday evening. What would you grade him?…


It’s Official: Media Coverage of Latinos Not So Good

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2009, 3:14PM

Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S and as this population grows steadily, so does the importance of how they’re portrayed in the media. The Pew Research Center conducted a media study of 55 U.S. news outlets…


Op-Ed: End Racial Profiling Now

by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2009, 2:51PM

Yesterday, the Baltimore Sun published an op-ed by Margaret Huang of the Rights Working Group and Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP on racial profiling. The op-ed is published in it’s entirety below: December 7, 20009 The End Racial Profiling Act…


I.C.E. and the Unmanned Aerial “Predator” Drones to Patrol US/Mexico Sea Border

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2009, 5:31PM

This is the first unmanned aircraft that will be used to patrol at sea, said Juan Muñoz-Torres, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s office in Washington, D.C. Unlike the aircraft used to patrol over land, which rely…

Topics: Immigration

New Orleanians: Are you going to f&%k¡#! vote for James Perry?

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2009, 5:22PM

James Perry, candidate for Mayor of New Orleans and a few of his friends “address” the frustrations of New Orleanians over candidate choices in the upcoming election. So what do you think? What do you know about him? So…


There’s an App For That: A Look at Income Demographics, Rents and the Lack of Affordable Housing in New York City

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2009, 12:07PM

The Envisioning Development Toolkit provides beautiful infographics of the not-so-beautiful lack of affordable housing in New York City. The Toolkit is a set of teaching tools designed to help experts and community folks communicate. Advocates, policy wonks (not us!), community…


The Kehinde Wiley Portrait Michael Jackson Commissioned

The Kehinde Wiley Portrait Michael Jackson Commissioned

by Jorge Rivas on December 3 2009, 12:39PM

In 2007 artist Kehinde Wiley received voicemails saying that Michael Jackson was trying to reach him. “I ignored them because quite honestly I thought it was a prank” says Wiley. After some further research it turned out the calls were…

Topics: Arts & Culture

“Precious” Oscar Contender and Klansman Fantasy?

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2009, 12:37PM

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” has phenomenal actors. Gabby Sidibe, who plays Precious Jones is so convincing in her role, that people actually confuse her for her character, in real life. Generally, almost all reviews were positive,…


Catholic Church to Begin Grassroots Campaign to Win Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2009, 11:27AM

By Patrick Young, This post originally appeared at Long Island Wins The Catholic Bishops Conference will launch a national campaign through local churches to send hundreds of thousands of postcards to Congress calling for immigration reform. The campaign will begin…



by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2009, 1:01AM

Hey RW Readers, Thank You. Just want to let you know that we are grateful you come here everyday, share our stories, and leave comments. We’re taking Friday off and things will be a little slow around here. Feel free…


Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado’s Mother Speaks, “Love Defeats Hate”

by Jorge Rivas on November 24 2009, 4:32PM

Jorge Steven López-Mercado’s mother has experienced a lot in the past two weeks. Her son was brutally murdered and it’s heart-warming to see her take this recent experience and turn it in to a teachable moment and remind people…