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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.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tells Colleagues She is Resigning

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Tells Colleagues She is Resigning

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 4:40PM

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is leaving her position in President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Megdar Evers' Widow to Deliver Convocation at Inauguration

Megdar Evers’ Widow to Deliver Convocation at Inauguration

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 3:01PM

Myrlie Evers-Williams will become the first woman, and someone other than clergy, to say the prayer that precedes the ceremonial oath of office.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Cotton Club Parade' Moves to Broadway

‘Cotton Club Parade’ Moves to Broadway

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 1:55PM

Cotton Club Parade is a celebration of Duke Ellington’s years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ACLU Wins Full Severance Pay for Troops Discharged Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

ACLU Wins Full Severance Pay for Troops Discharged Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 1:28PM

Before the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2011, gay and lesbian service members who were forced to leave the military because of their sexual orientation were often honorably discharged. Yet they were given only half of their discharge pay.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Tyler Perry Tops Razzie Nominations For Worst Achievement in Film

Tyler Perry Tops Razzie Nominations For Worst Achievement in Film

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 12:33PM

The Razzies committee announced this years nominations for worst achievements in film for the past year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Huell Howser Redefined Who Could Become a Californian

Huell Howser Redefined Who Could Become a Californian

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 11:45AM

Howser took his camera where no other broadcast television show dared to go and allowed many Californians to see fair representations of themselves on television for the first time.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gay Cuban-American Poet Richard Blanco to Read at Obama's Inauguration

Gay Cuban-American Poet Richard Blanco to Read at Obama’s Inauguration

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2013, 8:10AM

Blanco will become the fifth poet in history to read an official inauguration poem and the first Latino and openly-gay poet to have the honor.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

N.Y. Judge Rules Part of 'Stop-and-Frisk' is Unconstitutional

N.Y. Judge Rules Part of ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ is Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2013, 2:40PM

Manhattan Judge Shira Scheindlin said the practice of stopping people suspected of trespassing outside private buildings in the Bronx was unconstitutional.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Low Wage Group Facing Eviction As University of Maryland Expands

Low Wage Group Facing Eviction As University of Maryland Expands

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2013, 12:34PM

The group United Workers says their landlord has given them a 30-day eviction notice to vacate the property.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Oscar Website Glitch Reveals Nominee Page One Week Early

Oscar Website Glitch Reveals Nominee Page One Week Early

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2013, 10:44AM

A test page at Oscars.com revealed that ‘Django Unchained’ costume designer Sharen Davis seems to have gotten a nomination for an Academy Award.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Bill Cosby and 'Cosby Show' Daughter Tempestt Bledsoe Reunite After 20 Years

Bill Cosby and ‘Cosby Show’ Daughter Tempestt Bledsoe Reunite After 20 Years

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 5:23PM

Jimmy Fallon orchestrated a mini “Cosby Show” reunion on Friday’s episode of ” Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Inmate Dies in Arpaio's Tent City

Inmate Dies in Arpaio’s Tent City

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 3:58PM

Authorities believe the inmate died of natural causes but an investigation has been launched into his death.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

U.S. Spends More On Immigration Enforcement Than FBI, DEA, Secret Service Combined

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 2:53PM

Nearly $187 Billion Spent on Federal Immigration Enforcement over Past 26 Years

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Girls' Spoiler: Donald Glover is Lena Dunham's Republican Boyfriend

‘Girls’ Spoiler: Donald Glover is Lena Dunham’s Republican Boyfriend

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 2:04PM

Early reviews of the second season describe Glover’s role as a big unexplained jump.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

California Teens Respond to Newtown Tragedy in New Video

California Teens Respond to Newtown Tragedy in New Video

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 11:28AM

Inspired by the “Demand a Plan” video that features more than a dozen of Hollywood luminaries, California youth have come together to demand a “real plan” to keep schools and communities safe. In the 60-second video, 33 California young people…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Django Unchained Action Figures Causing Even More Controversy

Django Unchained Action Figures Causing Even More Controversy

by Jorge Rivas on January 7 2013, 11:11AM

The film’s release came with a lot of criticism and new actions figures released alongside the movie are causing even more controversy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Arizona Woman Deported After Winning Casino Jackpot

Arizona Woman Deported After Winning Casino Jackpot

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 7:15PM

Mirna Valenzuela went to an Arizona casino, hit a $1200 jackpot and then got deported.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Frank Ocean, Pot Possession, Black Men and the War on Drugs

Frank Ocean, Pot Possession, Black Men and the War on Drugs

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 4:39PM

R&B star Frank Ocean was stopped by California Highway Patrol on New Year’s Eve after officers observed his black BMW speeding on U.S. Highway 395.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Homicides Increase After States Adopt 'Stand Your Ground' Laws, Study Finds

Homicides Increase After States Adopt ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws, Study Finds

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 12:34PM

The study by Texas A&M economist Mark Hoekstra also also found the laws have “zero deterrence” effect.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Fox Nation and Fox News Latino Push Different Spin on Immigration

Fox Nation and Fox News Latino Push Different Spin on Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 11:42AM

Fox News simultaneously headlines a negative immigration article on Fox Nation while headlining the exact same topic with a positive connotation on Fox Latino.

Topics: Media, /NOW