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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.

Ravi Shankar, Sitarist Who Introduced Indian Music to the West, Dies at 92

Ravi Shankar, Sitarist Who Introduced Indian Music to the West, Dies at 92

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2012, 12:18PM

Ravi Shankar, the singular greatest cultural ambassador, composer, and innovator of Indian music of our times, passed away Tuesday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Morehouse to Offer its First Black LGBT History Course

Morehouse to Offer its First Black LGBT History Course

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2012, 11:45AM

The nation’s most well known all-male college for black men, announced this week this week announced a new course focusing on LGBT pop culture, history and society.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Top 'Donation' Google Searches in 2012: Obama, Sandy, Romney...and Zimmerman

Top ‘Donation’ Google Searches in 2012: Obama, Sandy, Romney…and Zimmerman

by Jorge Rivas on December 12 2012, 11:10AM

Google has released the new Zeitgeist, its annual list of most popular searches and search trends throughout the year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Insiders Say Jenni Rivera's Death Shows U.S. Media is Clueless About 'Mexican Anything'

Insiders Say Jenni Rivera’s Death Shows U.S. Media is Clueless About ‘Mexican Anything’

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 5:36PM

But the biggest media failures in the Jenni Rivera coverage were stories that led with comparisons between Rivera’s death and the murder of Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Judge Clears Way for Georgia’s ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Provision

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 4:30PM

A Judge has cleared the way for the show me your papers provision to take effect in Georgia.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Reports: Remains of Jenni Rivera Have Been Recovered, Lupillo Rivera Arrives in Mexico

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 12:42PM

The remains of singer Jenni Rivera and six others were recovered in Northern Mexico overnight and taken to a Mexican forensics facility, authorities said Tuesday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama: Right-To-Work Laws Mean 'Right To Work For Less Money' [Video]

Obama: Right-To-Work Laws Mean ‘Right To Work For Less Money’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 12:14PM

President Barack Obama visited the Detroit Diesel Corp. plant Monday to build support for his plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Penn State Plans March To Counter Sorority's Mexican-themed Halloween Photo

Penn State Plans March To Counter Sorority’s Mexican-themed Halloween Photo

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 11:17AM

Penn State officials chose not to pursue any disciplinary actions but the student body is planning it’s own action later this week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jenni Rivera's Kids Say Keep Your Condolences, 'She is Not Dead'

Jenni Rivera’s Kids Say Keep Your Condolences, ‘She is Not Dead’

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 11:05AM

Jenni Rivera’s immediate family has taken to social media to release statements saying they’re still holding on to hope.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Undocumented Youth Tell Their Own Stories in New Book Play

Undocumented Youth Tell Their Own Stories in New Book

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 9:55AM

“Papers: Stories By Undocumented Youth” includes 30 stories by undocumented youth who range in age from 10-32.

Topics: Immigration

National Korean American Museum Coming to Los Angeles

National Korean American Museum Coming to Los Angeles

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 3:15PM

The largest ethnic Korean population in the U.S. is in Southern California.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gabrielle Douglas Interviewed by Melissa Harris Perry's 10-Year-Old Daughter [Video]

Gabrielle Douglas Interviewed by Melissa Harris Perry’s 10-Year-Old Daughter [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 2:33PM

Watch Melissa Harris Perry’s daughter Parker, 10, interview the first African-American woman to ever win a gold medal in the Olympics all-around gymnastics competition.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

At Least Caroline Wozniacki Didn't Show Up in Black Face to Imitate Serena Williams

At Least Caroline Wozniacki Didn’t Show Up in Black Face to Imitate Serena Williams

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 2:12PM

The Danish tennis player stuffed her front and behind using towels.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

TIME's Poll: #3 Undocumented Immigrants, #4 Gabby Douglas

TIME’s Poll: #3 Undocumented Immigrants, #4 Gabby Douglas

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 2:11PM

But there’s a lot more to the story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Walmart Security Guard Kills Woman Who Had Two Kids in Backseat of Car

Walmart Security Guard Kills Woman Who Had Two Kids in Backseat of Car

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 1:10PM

Her parents say, even if she did commit a crime, did she need to die?

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

LAPD Apologizes to Biggie Smalls' Family for Autopsy Lapse

LAPD Apologizes to Biggie Smalls’ Family for Autopsy Lapse

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 12:37PM

The detectives had intended to notify the rapper’s family, but the report was released prematurely “due to an administrative error.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Activists Want Rent Relief For NYC Residents Without Power Post-Sandy

Activists Want Rent Relief For NYC Residents Without Power Post-Sandy

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 11:25AM

With 77,000 residents, the New York City Housing Authority is the nation’s biggest public landlord.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Jenni Rivera Fought For Women, Immigrants and LGBT Youth

Jenni Rivera Fought For Women, Immigrants and LGBT Youth

by Jorge Rivas on December 10 2012, 10:23AM

She was one of the first celebrities to call Arizona’s SB1070 law racist and attended marches in Arizona.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jenni Rivera Was One of First Stars to Call Arizona's SB1070 Racist

Jenni Rivera Was One of First Stars to Call Arizona’s SB1070 Racist

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2012, 5:20PM

AP is reporting that a small plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has gone missing after taking off from the city of Monterrey.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Neat Freak Alfreta Sailor Wants You To Know 'Bleach is Your Friend'

Neat Freak Alfreta Sailor Wants You To Know ‘Bleach is Your Friend’

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2012, 5:46PM

Alfreta Sailor says she uses three big bottles of bleach a week to clean her apartment.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW