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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.

Evangelical Leaders Say Jesus Would Want Immigration Reform

Evangelical Leaders Say Jesus Would Want Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 4:10PM

The coalition says their “I Was a Stranger” immigration prayer challenge will reach out to political leaders and more than 100,000 churches.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

WashPost Asks Black Men What They Fear, Love and Dream Of [Video]

WashPost Asks Black Men What They Fear, Love and Dream Of [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 3:28PM

The Post continues its three part video series that asks: What do you fear, love and dream of?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

On His Birthday, Watch MLK's  'Black is Beautiful' Speech

On His Birthday, Watch MLK’s ‘Black is Beautiful’ Speech

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 1:53PM

MLK said freedom and self-respect are never given, but must be unapologetically taken.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Teachers at Two Seattle High Schools Boycotting Standardized Test

Teachers at Two Seattle High Schools Boycotting Standardized Test

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 12:00PM

They claim they can’t in good conscience subject students to the test again.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Oxygen Reportedly Cancels New Show 'All My Babies' Mamas'

Oxygen Reportedly Cancels New Show ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2013, 11:11AM

Oxygen is expected to announce that All My Babies’ Mamas won’t ever see the light of day.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Documentary About 15-Year Old Homeless, Undocumented Immigrant Gets Oscar Nod

Documentary About 15-Year Old Homeless, Undocumented Immigrant Gets Oscar Nod

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 3:45PM

You can watch the short-documentary nominated for an Oscar online.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Favianna Rodriguez Talks Art and Activism on Pharrell's YouTube Channel

Favianna Rodriguez Talks Art and Activism on Pharrell’s YouTube Channel

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 2:17PM

Immigrant rights activist Favianna Rodriguez talks social change through art.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Colin Powell on GOP: 'They Sort of Look Down on Minorities'

Colin Powell on GOP: ‘They Sort of Look Down on Minorities’

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 1:00PM

“The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Justice Sotomayor to Become First Latina to Administer Oath of Office

Justice Sotomayor to Become First Latina to Administer Oath of Office

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 12:36PM

Another first for Latinos at the inauguration.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Quentin Tarantino Drops N-Word Less Than a Minute into Press Conference

Quentin Tarantino Drops N-Word Less Than a Minute into Press Conference

by Jorge Rivas on January 14 2013, 11:49AM

Less than a minute in to the director’s press conference backstage he had already dropped the N-word. Tarantino was answering a question about the use of the N-word in his film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Gun Appreciation Day' Founder Says Slavery Wouldn't Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ Founder Says Slavery Wouldn’t Have Happened if Slaves Were Armed

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 5:23PM

The chairman of Gun Appreciation Day Larry Ward is taking ‘Django Unchained’ a little too seriously.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama to Use Lincoln's and Martin Luther King's Bibles for Swearing-in

Obama to Use Lincoln’s and Martin Luther King’s Bibles for Swearing-in

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 4:00PM

Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Interactive Map of January 11th Idle No More Events

Interactive Map of January 11th Idle No More Events

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 1:40PM

The Media Co-op compiled a list of events that include protests, flash mobs and teach-ins in an interactive map that spans the globe.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Photo: Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz

Photo: Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 12:56PM

Yesterday Lifetime released an image of Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in the upcoming “Betty & Coretta”.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

DC Mayor Says Redskins Football Team Must Consider a Name Change to Return to Town

DC Mayor Says Redskins Football Team Must Consider a Name Change to Return to Town

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2013, 12:34PM

The Redkins played in D.C. from 1937 to ‘97 when they moved to Landover, Md.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Talks Immigration Reform with Seth Freed Wessler

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 5:01PM

Wessler told Harris-Perry “the pressure is really on” for comprehensive immigration reform.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Seven (Yes, 7!) Slave-Themed Films Coming in 2013

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 3:54PM

2013 is going to be the year of the slave-theme movies.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Disaster: 'Django' Costume Designer Revealed in Glitch Didn't Get a Nomination

Oscar Disaster: ‘Django’ Costume Designer Revealed in Glitch Didn’t Get a Nomination

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 11:01AM

It’s an Oscar disaster and a heartbreaking story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Denzel and Quvenzhané Are The Only Actors of Color Nominated for Oscars

Denzel and Quvenzhané Are The Only Actors of Color Nominated for Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 9:40AM

Only two actors of color made the cut for Oscar nominations.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest to Get Oscar Nod for 'Best Actress'

Quvenzhané Wallis Is Youngest to Get Oscar Nod for ‘Best Actress’

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2013, 9:12AM

Wallis is the youngest best actress nominee in the history of the Academy Awards.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW