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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.

Study Finds 90% Jump in ADHD Diagnosis Amongst Black Girls

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 2:18PM

A new study of health records from California found the rate of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) rose dramatically between 2001 and 2010.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Bidding War at Sundance for Oscar Grant Film

Bidding War at Sundance for Oscar Grant Film

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 12:50PM

The Weinstein Company is wrapping up a deal to acquire “Fruitvale,” a drama based film based on Oscar Grant’s last days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sasha Obama: 'Good Job, Dad. You Didn't Mess Up' This Time

Sasha Obama: ‘Good Job, Dad. You Didn’t Mess Up’ This Time

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 11:38AM

After giving Dad a “Good job!” she added a reminder of his flubbed words four years ago. “You didn’t mess up,” Sasha went on to say, teasing the commander in chief.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Cornel West Explains Why it Bothers Him Obama Took Oath Using MLK's Bible

Cornel West Explains Why it Bothers Him Obama Took Oath Using MLK’s Bible

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 11:05AM

At a poverty-reduction forum last week, Princeton professor Cornel West said he was “upset” after learning that Barack Obama was being sworn in on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Bible.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Cuban-American Director Premieres David Sedaris Film Adaptation at Sundance

Cuban-American Director Premieres David Sedaris Film Adaptation at Sundance

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2013, 1:17PM

Writer and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez will premiere his second feature film at the Sundance Film Festival this coming Saturday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

GQ Publishes 'Hottest Women' List and Ranks Women By Race

GQ Publishes ‘Hottest Women’ List and Ranks Women By Race

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2013, 11:09AM

Beyoncé Knowles tops the list and is followed by other notable actresses and models like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Sienna Miller.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Rosa Parks Statue to Be Added to the Capitol

Rosa Parks Statue to Be Added to the Capitol

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2013, 5:43PM

Parks will become the first African-American woman to have her own statue in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Issa Rae Has an Awkward Black Girl Moment With Katie Couric [Video]

Issa Rae Has an Awkward Black Girl Moment With Katie Couric [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2013, 5:00PM

On Thursday, Issa Rae appeared on the “Katie” show.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

For Her Birthday, Michelle Obama Got a New Twitter Account (And New Bangs)

For Her Birthday, Michelle Obama Got a New Twitter Account (And New Bangs)

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2013, 4:41PM

The First Lady turns 49 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

An Argument to Bring 'All My Babies' Mamas' Back

An Argument to Bring ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ Back

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2013, 4:12PM

What if ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ wasn’t canceled? Would it be so bad?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

10 Sundance Festival Films You Should Know About

10 Sundance Festival Films You Should Know About

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2013, 2:36PM

The 11-day festival will showcase 119 feature films and documentaries that range from a drama based on Oscar Grant’s last 24-hours to a short film that follows real life high-rise window washers in Chicago.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The 'Stop Saying These Things to Asians' Video

The ‘Stop Saying These Things to Asians’ Video

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2013, 11:31AM

Comedian Eliot Chang’s latest video is a public service announcement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE Raids Wrong Home [Video]

ICE Raids Wrong Home [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 5:49PM

With guns drawn, ICE agents realized they had the wrong house 5-minutes later.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Oregon Will Grant DACA-Approved DREAMers Driver’s Licenses

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 4:59PM

Oregon DMV to accept ‘Deferred Action’ applicants.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Sotomayor and Thomas Benefited from Affirmative Action, But Split Starkly on Issue

Sotomayor and Thomas Benefited from Affirmative Action, But Split Starkly on Issue

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 4:37PM

He resents affirmative action. She embraces affirmative action.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Cuban-American Priest Will Deliver Inaugural Benediction

Cuban-American Priest Will Deliver Inaugural Benediction

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 2:52PM

León’s benediction will mark his second appearance on the inauguration stage.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

George Zimmerman’s Attorneys Receive Trayvon Martin’s School Records

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 12:43PM

The legal team for George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, has received a copy of the 17-year-old’s school records, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday. “We are entitled to receive the school records because some information…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Quvenzhané Wallis Tells André Leon Talley She's Not Wearing a Long Dress to the Oscars

Quvenzhané Wallis Tells André Leon Talley She’s Not Wearing a Long Dress to the Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 12:01PM

Last week, Wallis became the youngest actress ever nominated for an Oscar in the best-actress category.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NRA Criticizes Obama Because Daughters Are Protected by Secret Service

NRA Criticizes Obama Because Daughters Are Protected by Secret Service

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2013, 11:06AM

A new ad from the National Rifle Association attacks President Obama and his daughters.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Watch Denzel Have to Tell Everyone At Golden Globes That's His Daughter, Not His Wife

Watch Denzel Have to Tell Everyone At Golden Globes That’s His Daughter, Not His Wife

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 5:00PM

Several respected news agencies (including the New York Times) issued corrections after they identified Washington’s daughter as his wife Pauletta.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW