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.

Happy Birthday, Malcolm X

by Jorge Rivas on May 19 2009, 2:33PM

I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Melissa Harris-Lacewell’s essay titled "Happy Birthday, Malcolm.” You can read her entire piece at "Malcolm taught us better. He criticized the powerful rather than the powerless. He pointed to the pathologies…


Student-Led Protests Against LAUSD Continue Today

by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2009, 11:22AM

Students protest against LAUSD this morning. Photo via CutsHurtKids/Twitter via LAist Last Friday, protests against the LAUSD began before the school day began. Hundreds of teachers called in sick to work, and many participated, with students and their parents,…


Happy IDAHO DAY: International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2009, 5:45PM

359 people from 48 countries take part in massive global web video project to mark International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia 2009. This video was a joint effort by the Committee for the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia,…


L’Oréal: White = Beauty

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2009, 12:25PM

After Beyonce was pretty much airbrushed whiter by L’Oréal not too long ago, it’s all the more infuriating to see that their tendency to equate lighter skin with beauty hasn’t changed. When they say Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire…


Boy Scouts Teach Kids More Than How to Build a Fire

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2009, 10:16AM

What!? I just can’t even begin to figure out what to say about this week’s NY Times story that looked at a Southern California affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that is training “thousands of young people in…


RW Community Action: Demand Governor Rendell Speak Out About Luis Ramirez’s Death

by Jorge Rivas on May 12 2009, 9:47AM

via After they had beaten Luis Ramirez to death, the white teenagers who attacked him sent an ominous message to Luis’ friends: “Tell your f**king Mexican friends to get the f**k out of Shenandoah or you’ll be f**king…


Through Boom and Bust: People of Color and Homeownership

by Jorge Rivas on May 12 2009, 9:04AM

“The boom-and-bust cycle in the U.S. housing market over the past decade and a half has generated greater gains and larger losses for people of color than it has for whites, according to an analysis of housing, economic and…


A Year Later, Iowa Raid Haunts Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on May 12 2009, 8:38AM

via New America Media Editor’s Note: On May 12, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa, and arrested 389 immigrants. The raid involved hundreds of agents, helicopter support, and had a multi-million dollar…


Wanda Sykes Takes On Washington, D.C.

by Jorge Rivas on May 11 2009, 1:03PM

Republicans have their panties all in a bunch, mostly because Wanda Sykes dishes out the truth. What do you think? Comments? Video after the cut….


Michelle Obama Says You Should Go for a Walk

by Jorge Rivas on May 8 2009, 10:10AM

First Lady Michelle Obama made her way to “Sesame Street” to tape a PSA with Elmo as part of the “Healthy Habits For Life” initiative. So, take it from the First Lady. It’ Friday, go outside!…


Obama Sends Handwritten Letter to Gay Soldier Ousted From the Military Promising to Repeal DADT

by Jorge Rivas on May 8 2009, 9:42AM

via Think Progress In January, Sandy Tsao, an army officer based out of St. Louis, MO, told her superiors that she is gay — a violation of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law. Tsao then wrote to President Obama, urging…


5 Reasons to “Unthink” Oprah’s KFC Coupons

by Jorge Rivas on May 8 2009, 9:15AM

via Nina Jacinto @ Wiretap KFC has a new marketing plan and it’s called Unthink KFC. Gone are the days when fast food giants can continue to advertise and sell only fried trans-fat foods. To help promote their grilled…


No Justice for Vincent Then, No Justice for Luis Now

by Jorge Rivas on May 8 2009, 8:51AM

via New America Media, Commentary, Carmina Ocampo Editor’s Note: Last week, two of the young white men who allegedly killed Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Penn. were acquitted by an all white jury. The case mirrors the first federal…

Topics: Immigration

6.2 Million Students Dropped Out of School in 2007

by Jorge Rivas on May 7 2009, 10:18AM

via Sing Tao Daily & New America Media A joint study by the Northeast University and Alternative Schools Network, published Tuesday, shows that 6.2 million students dropped out of school in 2007. The Sing Tao Daily reports that this figure…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Bloomberg Appointee Betsy Perry Resigns Amid Furor Over Racist Statements

by Jorge Rivas on May 6 2009, 6:11AM

In her internet rant titled “Montezuma’s Revenge: Can The Best Thing About Mexico Really Be Beverly Hills Chihuahua?” Betsy Perry called Mexico a country of “guns, drugs, kidnappings and swine flu.” Perry posted her rant online at the Huffington…


New Republic Attacks Judge Sotomayor With Sexist, Racist “Angry Latina” Meme

by Jorge Rivas on May 6 2009, 5:55AM

by Roberto Lovato via Of America It’s that time in the political year when, in addition to “swine flu” crisis, there’s also a sudden outbreak of another dreaded disease: expertise around Latino politics on the part of the fatally…


DREAM Act: Gaining Momentum

by Jorge Rivas on May 5 2009, 4:36PM

via Cristina Jimenez, DMI Blog The DREAM Act, introduced in Congress on March 26, continues to gain national and local support. It has garnered the co-sponsorship of twenty-one Senators and forty-three House members. Last month, the College Board—composed of…


Princeton Students Say “Nooooooooo We’re Not Post-Racial”

by Jorge Rivas on May 5 2009, 6:00AM

I’ve heard lots of opinions from both sides of the “post-racial” argument, but recently I realized that I haven’t really heard from young people. The video above is a group of Black students from Princeton discussing race, racism and…


Maryland Kills Bill to Aid Undocumented Students

by Jorge Rivas on May 4 2009, 9:22AM

via New America Media & El Tiempo Latino Undocumented students will continue to pay higher tuition rates at Maryland colleges after the state Assembly effectively killed a bill that proposed to grant them in-state rates if they are residents….

Topics: Immigration

Live Image Feed From Los Angeles Immigration Marches

by Jorge Rivas on May 1 2009, 2:20PM

Los Angeles has a total of six May Day marches have been approved for areas in and around Downtown, with at least one expected to cover new ground by starting in the Echo Park district and proceeding east along Sunset…

Topics: Immigration