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.

We Need Your Help: The Knight News Challenge

by Jorge Rivas on November 24 2009, 3:44PM

We need your help, it’ll only take 2 minutes. The Knight News Challenge is giving away millions in funding for innovative projects that use digital media to deliver the news. RaceWire’s parent company, ARC, has submitted a project idea -…


Who Raises Tuition by 32%? A Look at UC Regents

by Jorge Rivas on November 24 2009, 10:19AM

Last week we wrote about the 32% tuition hike for University of California(U.C.) students. Ever wonder who’s deciding how much tuition should be? The University is governed by “The Regents,” which under the California Constitution has “full powers of organization…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Artist to Watch: Chan-hyo Bae

by Jorge Rivas on November 23 2009, 12:34PM

“The sun never sets over the British Empire.” The country of Queen, the country with pride in her history and tradition, still seems to be breathing in Great Britain. I try to become British just as a child pretends to…


Scariest Movie Ever: Starring Sarah Palin

by Jorge Rivas on November 23 2009, 12:12PM

For the past month, Saturday Night Live has delivered some hilarious political commentary. This past weekend, SNL brought us some Sarah Palin and the disaster movie “2012” to give us a glimpse of what the scariest movie of all…


First, Obama gets a Nobel Peace Prize… and now, a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2009, 6:39PM

On his visit to South Korea, President Lee Myung-bak awarded President Obama a black belt in tae kwon do. What would Chuck Norris do?…


There’s an App For That: Crossing the Border

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2009, 11:51AM

Activist hacker and UC San Diego professor Ricardo Dominguez has developed a new tool to help migrant workers safely cross over the border into the United States, the “Transborder Immigrant Tool. Dominguez explains: “We looked at the Motorola i455 cell…


It’s Official: 32% Tuition Hike Approved by University of California Regents

by Jorge Rivas on November 19 2009, 4:05PM

It’s official, University of California regents approved a 32% tuition hike that will start next fall. Despite protest by students from across the state of California, University of California Regents approved a tuition hike that will bring fees close to…


Listen to Today’s Green Equity Toolkit Webinar [AUDIO]

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2009, 1:50PM

Learn how you can fight for equity in the green economy. Audio and slides from today’s presentation is available after the cut. Listen to the audio recording of the webinar: Download MP3(9.4MB) View or download slides from the presentation:…


Chinese Hotel Workers Take on Hyatt

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2009, 12:49PM

Last week, we wrote about a hotel worker injury study that found that Latina hotel workers had the highest injury rate at 10.6 percent a year while white hotel workers had a rate of 6.3 percent, Black workers had…


SNL Mocks Dobbs’ Resignation From CNN

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2009, 9:33AM

What is it with CNN and runaway bags of hot air? Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update explains. P.S.: I love that Seth Meyer uses the term Latino and not Hispanic. …I wish the rest of NBC…


The Green Equity Toolkit Webinar

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2009, 8:51AM

You have two days to register for ARC’s Green Equity Toolkit Webinar and learn how you can fight for equity in the green economy. You’ll learn how to use the toolkit and hear about a successful campaign to create…


¡Basta Dobbs! Lou Dobbs Leaves CNN

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2009, 9:47PM

NY Time’s Media Decoder Blog is reporting: Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views have made him a TV lightning rod, said Wednesday that he is leaving the cable news channel effective immediately. Lou Dobbs is considering…


What Does the Overhauling of Health Care Mean for Young People?

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2009, 1:18PM

Youth Outlook, a journal that chronicles the world through the eyes and voice of young people, has an interesting take on the current health care debate. So, what does the overhauling of health care mean for young people? According to…

Topics: Health

Health care: Why Kucinich Voted No

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2009, 1:23PM

On Saturday night, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, a bill that would expand healthcare coverage to U.S. citizens and legal residents. via Democracy Now: The bill has been described…

Topics: Health

Youth Outlook: Richmond High School Rape

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2009, 11:41AM

It’s been two weeks since the rape of a 16-year-old victim at Richmond High School. The crimes made headlines across the nation and we heard from school administrators, Richmond police and even elected officials. We heard very little from…


“Precious” Breaks Box Office Records

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2009, 10:20AM

Lee Daniels’s “Precious,” sold $1.8 million worth of tickets at just 18 theaters, setting a limited-release record. IndieWire is reporting: “Lee Daniels’ “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” has exceeded even the highest of expectations in its opening…


South Los Angeles Residents Being Forced to Buy Unnecessary Flood Insurance

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2009, 11:23AM

Hundreds of Los Angeles area home owners are being forced to buy unnecessary flood insurance with steep fees. Why? Because FEMA, using 40 year-old maps, has declared their neighborhoods as flood zones. The city could have intervened, but they…

Topics: Environment

It’s Official: Walmart Is Trying Too Hard to Win Latinos. Lady de Guadalupe Coffins, Anyone?

by Jorge Rivas on November 5 2009, 3:34AM

This isn’t a joke. Walmart is trying really hard to win the Latino dollar. Last year, Walmart was the number 3 advertiser in Spanish-Language Media in the U.S. Earlier this year they started opening ‘Supermercados de Walmart’, stores with…


NYC Marathon Winner is Not American Enough

by Jorge Rivas on November 3 2009, 11:13AM

CNBC Sports Business Reporter, Darren Rovell, wrote an online article titled “Marathon’s Headline Win is Empty”, in reference to an American finally winning the NYC marathon. “It’s a stunning headline: American Wins Men’s NYC Marathon For First Time Since ‘82”…

Topics: Immigration

Racist Camera! No, I did not Blink… I’m just Asian!

by Jorge Rivas on November 3 2009, 8:59AM

A few months ago Joz got her mom a new Nikon digital camera for Mothers Day. They got to try out the camera at a baseball game, but after taking a few pictures Joz’s mom got a real surprise. “As…