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.

Is Black Face the New Black?

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2009, 12:38PM

New York photographer Mario Sorrenti shoots for the biggest fashion magazines like W, Vogue, and V Magazine regularly. He’s had his work exhibited at the MoMa in New York and has shot huge international campaigns like the Calvin Klein…

Topics: Media

Race, Feminism, Our Future: Taking on Postracialism

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2009, 10:56AM

Rinku Sen has written a piece on postracialism for “On The Issues Magazine.” In the Fall ‘09 edition, writers and artists address the politics of feminism, race and a new progressive movement. Below is an excerpt from “Taking on Postracialism”…


Racewire’s Web Server… the Same, Only Better

by Jorge Rivas on October 30 2009, 4:32PM

We’re upgrading our software this weekend and things will be a little slow around here. We’ll be back on Monday with the new and improved FASTER loading RaceWire. Please be patient with us and let us know if you’re experiencing…


Taylor Swift Is Not A Nazi

by Jorge Rivas on October 30 2009, 10:25AM

Taylor Swift is in the news again, but this time it’s for embracing a swastika. Swift was photographed with a guy who had a swastika painted on his shirt as part of Kate Perry’s fabric paint party last weekend….


A Decade Later, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Passes Congress

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2009, 8:50AM

Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay. Shepard’s killers set out at first to rob him. But, after learning he was gay, they kidnapped and tortured him and left him for dead in a ranch in Laramie, WY. James…


Roy DeCarava, Pioneering Photographer, Dies at 89

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2009, 7:44AM

via LA Times: Roy DeCarava, a photographer whose pictures of everyday life in Harlem helped clarify the black experience for a wider audience, has died. He was 89. DeCarava told National Public Radio in a 1996 interview that when…


Restore Fairness: Bring Back Due Process to the Immigration System

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2009, 7:15AM

The Restore Fairness campaign believes that all individuals should be entitled to basic human rights. Since the aftermath of 9-11, immigrants have borne the brunt of harsh policies with the U.S. government allowing raids and arrests without warrants, denying…


LIVE: Rinku Sen at PopTech 2009: America Reimagined

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2009, 12:55PM

At 2:00PM Pacific/5:00 Eastern Standard Time Rinku Sen will present at PopTech. Come back in an hour to watch the live feed! UPDATE: Looks like they’re running a little late. Try again around 2:30pm. UPDATE II: OK. It’s 3:15!…


It’s Official: Latinos Are Macs Too

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2009, 6:35AM

In the words of Mercedez from Glee, “I am no Kelly Rowland, I am Beyonce!” I don’t really care for advertising specifically made to target Latinos, I want to see commercials that include people who look like me in…


Annie Leibovitz Photographs First Family

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2009, 4:11AM

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House. Annie Leibovitz is famous for her portraits. She started her career at Rolling…


A Fair Trial Starts With Bail: Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, Denied Bail, Again

by Jorge Rivas on October 20 2009, 9:28AM

A few months ago we wrote about anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez’s arrest on federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy. Sanchez is a former gang member and decade-long leader of Homies Unidos, a gang-prevention organization highly respected in juvenile justice circles….


Senate: No Healthcare for Undocumented

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2009, 9:59AM

Written by: M. Junaid Levesque-Alam This post originally appeared on In the absence of real movement on immigration reform, the undocumented are facing increasingly harsh treatment from the government. The healthcare bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee…

Topics: Immigration

It’s Official: President Barack Obama Can Dance Salsa

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2009, 1:34PM

As Thalía sang “Amor a la Mexicana” (“Love Mexican Style”), she stepped off the stage to beckon Mr. Obama to dance, thanking Michelle Obama for letting him join her. Beaming at his moves, she approvingly said, “¡Macho!.” via NY…


Your Race Affects Whether People Write You Back

by Jorge Rivas on October 12 2009, 11:42AM

OK Cupid, an online dating site, processed the “messaging habits of almost a million people and are about to basically prove that, despite what you might’ve heard from the Obama campaign and organic cereal commercials, racism is alive and…


Reconsider Columbus Day

by Jorge Rivas on October 12 2009, 9:00AM

“Reconsider Columbus Day” is a 60 second public service announcement produced and presented by Nu Heightz Cinema in collaboration with the United Confederation of Taino People. Sign the National Holiday for Native Americans Petition…


ARC & RaceWire @ San Francisco State University: Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later Conference

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2009, 8:18AM

“Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: Race Resistance and Relevance” is an academic conference that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the founding of the field of Ethnic Studies and the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco…


U.S. Doctors Call for Health Reform

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2009, 7:19AM

Doctors from all 50 states gathered at the White House on Monday to show their support for President Obama’s health insurance reform plan. Hear some of them say why they as physicians want to see change….


T-Pain and Obama Auto-Tune Healthcare Proposals

by Jorge Rivas on October 2 2009, 4:01PM

I’m hoping T-Pain can help Obama revitalize the pu pu publiic ic option….


Univision’s Jorge Ramos Asks Obama Why He’s Been Using The “I” Word

by Jorge Rivas on September 29 2009, 7:44AM

Univision’s Jorge Ramos has been one of the only journalist in the U.S. to remind Obama about his promises of comprehensive immigration reform in the first year of his presidency. Last week, when Obama was running through the major…

Topics: Immigration

President Barack Obama Smiles with His Eyes

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2009, 10:28AM

  President Obama could teach Tyra Banks a thing or two about posing for hours on end and still delivering a consistent smile. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…