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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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gang Wars: Oakland’ Series Spreads All the Wrong Messages

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2009, 9:02AM

Last week the Discovery Channel aired “Gang Wars: Oakland”, a series that according the network, “opens a window to give a glimpse inside the lives of Oakland’s gangs.” However, the series played more like a myth dispenser about black…

Topics: Media

Facing Race Chicago 2010 Conference - Save the Date!

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2009, 7:52AM

Building on the success and excitement generated by racial justice activists from across the country, Facing Race 2010 guarantees lively discussions on today’s hot-button race issues while offering models for real change. Taking place September 23-25, 2010 at the…


In the Shadow of the Postville, Iowa Raid

by Jorge Rivas on September 24 2009, 11:46AM

“In the shadow of the raid” is a short documentary by Greg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek that looks at the aftermath of last years Postville, Iowa raids. via Street Dog Media When the US government stormed a Kosher meat…

Topics: Immigration

Rhode Island GOP Assemblyman Quits Party Following Embarrassment of Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ Screed

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2009, 8:50AM

Think Progress is reporting “Ivan Marte, the ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly, has announced that he’s quitting the Republican Party because he was embarrassed by Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst at President Obama: “I do…


True or False: Barack Obama was a Black Man Before the Election

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2009, 8:10AM

Last night David Letterman asked President Obama what he thought about Jimmy Carter’s statements that perhaps a lot of the “poor and uneasy” signs and behavior seen at tea parties was rooted in racism. “It’s important to realize that…


Are Republicans Encouraging Political Violence Against Obama?

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2009, 6:11AM

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Air America’s blog has a good story on the increased hostility seen at recent political demonstrations against President Obama’s reform proposals. In “Are republicans encouraging political violence” Dorsey…


The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2009, 10:39AM

The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes from White House on Vimeo. Learn the basic principles of President Obama’s health insurance reform plan as presented to Congress on September 9, 2009….

Topics: Health

Untying the Knot of Seperate and Unequal Marriage

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2009, 8:38AM

While more states move to legalize same-sex marriage, California has instead eliminated this right with the passage of Proposition 8. Legal scholar Tobias Barrington Wolff and civil rights attorney Eva Jefferson Paterson join the Hammer Museum to discuss the…


Janeane Garofalo & Kai Wright: Racism as Strong as Ever

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2009, 2:03PM

Who knew Janeane Garofalo had such good race politics? Kai Wright, as usual, steals the show though….

Topics: Media

Carter’s Comments Right But Distracting

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2009, 11:44AM has a editorial piece written by ARC’s Research Director Dominique Apollon. “Jimmy Carter’s Wednesday, Sept. 16 comments suggesting that Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) outburst was racially motivated has reignited the passionate discussion about racism in America. Liberal commentator…


Wondering Who Attended Last Week’s DC Tea Party? [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2009, 4:01PM

Earlier this week RaceWire covered the “tea partiers” partying it up at the National Mall in Washington D.C. “protesting everything from taxes and government, to health care reform and anything they could associate with Obama and foreigners—especially immigrants.” If…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Models of Color and Diversity Beyond the Runway

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2009, 10:02AM

Fashion week in New York is almost over and this season there have been more models of color on the runway. In the video above, the NY Times points out that although there is more racial diversity on the…


john powell: Is Opportunity Deeply Racialized?

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2009, 9:01AM

Tides recently hosted Momentum, a convening “to bring together innovative thinkers and dedicated activists to challenge, inspire, and energize each other.” In the clip above john powell maps out opportunity and explains how the opportunity structure is racialized. john…


Real Talk: What if Caster Semenya was White?

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2009, 1:29PM

The results of the gender tests run on South African runner Caster Semenya are in, but the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) refused today to confirm or deny reports that Semenya has the biological make-up of an intersex…

Topics: Sports

Poll: 26% Who Responded Would Try Pro-White Political Party

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2009, 9:11AM

Last week southern California newspaper “Orange County Register” ran a story on the Golden State Party, a self-proclaimed “pro-white group pushing for political representation in California.” The Golden State Party is a “Garden Grove-based group trying to gain status as…


Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich On The Public Option in 150 Seconds

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2009, 1:22PM

Congress returns from recess tomorrow and Obama might have a major healthcare reform announcement to make and it may have a little something to do with the public option. If you don’t understand what the public option is, here…

Topics: Health

Glenn Beck Names his Next Targets

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2009, 12:10PM

Glenn Beck has announced that Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, and Carol Browner are his next targets and asked his followers to dig up all the dirt they can on them. Cass Sunstein heads the White House Office of Information…

Topics: Politics

Katrina Anniversary Approaching, Not Much has Changed

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2009, 1:51PM

This coming Sunday, August 23rd, will mark the fourth year anniversary that Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas. We’re likely to hear uplifting stories about how far New Orleans has come in the coming weeks, but the reality is that…

Topics: Katrina

Open Books: Progressive Book Club Interview with Rinku Sen [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2009, 12:20PM

The Progressive Book Club has started a video series, Open Books, in which they ask “PBC authors to tell us about the books they love.” This week, Rinku Sen, ARC’s Executive Director and co-author of The Accidental American, recommends…


Caption Contest: President Obama, Professor Gates and Sgt. Crowley

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2009, 11:27AM

Almost two months later, the White House officially released the picture above with President Barack Obama walking to the Rose Garden followed by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge, Mass. police sergeant James Crowley. (Official White House Photo…