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Jorge Rivas

Jorge Rivas
Jorge Rivas Multimedia Editor / Pop Culture Blogger
Los Angeles, CA

Jorge Rivas is multimedia editor and pop culture blogger for Colorlines.com. 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 Colorlines.com 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 Colorlines.com 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 Elle.com, Essence.com, Racialicious, The Root, Alternet, and Feministing.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

15 Things You Didn't Know About 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler

15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Fruitvale’ Director Ryan Coogler

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2013, 1:56PM

Here’s a look at what sets director Ryan Coogler apart from other filmmakers working in hollywood.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kerry Washington Talks Race, Art and James Baldwin in New Short Film

Kerry Washington Talks Race, Art and James Baldwin in New Short Film

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2013, 11:34AM

“I remember stumbling upon him at a time when I was sort of grappling with who was right—Malcom or Martin?, Washington says in the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Leaked Memo Urges GOP to Say 'Undocumented Immigrants'

Leaked Memo Urges GOP to Say ‘Undocumented Immigrants’

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2013, 10:28AM

The leaked memo also urged members of the GOP to stop using the words ‘illegals,’ ‘aliens’ and the term ‘anchor baby.’

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Do You Or Someone You Know Need a Pep Talk?

Do You Or Someone You Know Need a Pep Talk?

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 8:01PM

Everybody can be boring, but you’re gooder than that.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why You Shouldn’t Be Surprised There Were No SAG Award Winners of Color

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 4:32PM

The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held on Sunday and every single individual award for an actor went to a white actor.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

LeBron James Gives Mom a Shout Out From White House: 'Mama, I made it!'

LeBron James Gives Mom a Shout Out From White House: ‘Mama, I made it!’

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 4:22PM

LeBron James presented Obama with an autographed basketball and had a special message for his ‘mama.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Ryan Coogler's 2009 Film 'Locks'

Watch Ryan Coogler’s 2009 Film ‘Locks’

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 3:46PM

Watch the film he made before “Fruitvale.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why Do NFL Players Risk Their Lives for Football? It's the Economy, Stupid

Why Do NFL Players Risk Their Lives for Football? It’s the Economy, Stupid

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 2:58PM

67 percent of NFL players in the 2011 season were black.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler Brought Real Life to the Big Screen

How ‘Fruitvale’ Director Ryan Coogler Brought Real Life to the Big Screen

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 11:20AM

Oscar Grant was murdered by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer on new year’s day four years ago. His story is once again making international headlines thanks to a young director’s film that recounts Grant’s last 24-hours.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Study Finds Latino Toddlers Make Up For Scholastic Shortcomings With Strong Social Skills

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2013, 4:17PM

Mexican-American preschoolers start school way behind their white counterparts. But new research is showing that their social skills are fully developed and robust by the time they start school and are indistinguishable from their white peers.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Soledad O'Brien Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat

Soledad O’Brien Tricks Opponent Of Women In Combat

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2013, 11:16AM

US Marine Corps Captain Zoe Bedell and “Co-Ed Combat” Author Kingsley Browne debate the impact of overturning the ban on women in combat.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Gun Group Launches 'What Would Django Do?' to Rally Black Support

Gun Group Launches ‘What Would Django Do?’ to Rally Black Support

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2013, 11:10AM

A controversial group’s new effort dubbed “What Would Django Do?” looks to bring people of color to its side in the debate over gun control.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hospitalized, Ends Fast

First Nation Chief Theresa Spence Hospitalized, Ends Fast

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2013, 3:49PM

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has announced she will end the fast she began on December 11th 2012.

Topics: History, /NOW

Penn State Professor Compares Voter ID Laws to KKK Tactics

Penn State Professor Compares Voter ID Laws to KKK Tactics

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2013, 2:13PM

A professor at Pennsylvania State University compared the push for voter ID laws to methods employed by the KKK to suppress people of color from voting.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Houston Waiter Stands Up For Special Needs Child [Video]

Houston Waiter Stands Up For Special Needs Child [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2013, 12:54PM

Meet Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Older Asian American Women Have Highest Suicide Rate

Older Asian American Women Have Highest Suicide Rate

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2013, 4:57PM

Asian American women ages 65 and older had a higher suicide rate - 6.5 per 100,000 - than any other racial or ethnic group.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Oakland Hires Former LAPD Chief Who Says Cities Without 'Stop-and-Frisk' Are Doomed

Oakland Hires Former LAPD Chief Who Says Cities Without ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Are Doomed

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2013, 1:07PM

Bratton also served as the New York City Police Commissioner and Boston Police Commissioner.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Professional Lip Reader Says He Knows Why The First Lady Rolled Her Eyes at Boehner

Professional Lip Reader Says He Knows Why The First Lady Rolled Her Eyes at Boehner

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2013, 11:53AM

“Inside Edition” sent out their detectives to do some investigating.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Laurene Powell, Steve Jobs' Widow, Launches DREAM Act Website

Laurene Powell, Steve Jobs’ Widow, Launches DREAM Act Website

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 6:02PM

The website collects videos of undocumented immigrants describing how their lives would change for the better should the Dream Act pass.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

I'm Barack Obama and I Approve These Bangs

I’m Barack Obama and I Approve These Bangs

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 3:40PM

“I love Michelle Obama,” the president said at the start of brief remarks at a candlelight reception at the National Building Museum on Sunday. “And to address the most significant event of this weekend: I love her bangs.”…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW