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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.

Millionaire Marc Paskin's Billboard for 'Latina Girlfriend' is Now Half Gone

Millionaire Marc Paskin’s Billboard for ‘Latina Girlfriend’ is Now Half Gone

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2012, 5:10PM

Just a day after the billboard was posted half of it disappeared.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Undocumented Youth Take Over the National Mall With Kites [Photos]

Undocumented Youth Take Over the National Mall With Kites [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2012, 3:45PM

Puerto Rican-born artist Miguel Luciano helps undocumented youth take flight over the National Mall.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2012, 11:16AM

Zimmerman is charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Prison GEO Group Exec Threatened to Deport Daughter-in-Law

Prison GEO Group Exec Threatened to Deport Daughter-in-Law

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 4:00PM

Thomas M. Wierdsma, a Senior Vice President for Project Development at GEO is seen confirming he said he would use his position to deport his son’s Hungarian wife.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Wendy Williams Presses Gabby Douglas To Talk About Seeing Her Dad At Olympics

Wendy Williams Presses Gabby Douglas To Talk About Seeing Her Dad At Olympics

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 3:58PM

Williams pressed Douglas on a question few TV hosts venture to: Gabby’s father.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Photos: The Christmas Tree and The Obamas Over the Years

Photos: The Christmas Tree and The Obamas Over the Years

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 12:11PM

The Obama family illuminated the National Christmas Tree Thursday night during a celebration on the White House’s Ellipse.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tim Cook Values 'Diversity With a Capital D,' But Execs Are White Males

Tim Cook Values ‘Diversity With a Capital D,’ But Execs Are White Males

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 11:37AM

It’s time Apple starts to think different and consider equity too.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Cory Booker Feeling 'Hunger Pains' Because He's Under-Eating

Cory Booker Feeling ‘Hunger Pains’ Because He’s Under-Eating

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 9:25AM

Booker started the food stamps challenge on Tuesday and by Wednesday he was already having what he called “hunger pains.”

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Los Angeles Sheriff Will No Longer Turn Over Low-Level Offenders to Immigration

Los Angeles Sheriff Will No Longer Turn Over Low-Level Offenders to Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 5:04PM

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday he will no longer honor federal requests to hold some undocumented immigrants.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Senate Approves Defense Bill That Authorizes Abortions at Military Facilities

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 2:31PM

In 2010 alone, there were at least 19,000 intra-military sexual assaults, according to the Defense Department.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

California A.G.'s New Position on Deportation is a Win for Immigrant Rights

California A.G.’s New Position on Deportation is a Win for Immigrant Rights

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 2:15PM

Harris’ announcement is seen as a win for immigration reform because she is the chief law officer of the state that boasts the largest number of Secure Communities deportations.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration Stance

Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration Stance

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 12:56PM

Mr. Rhoades said, “I regret that.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Cory Booker's First Day on Food Stamps: Can't Afford Coffee and Long Periods Without Food

Cory Booker’s First Day on Food Stamps: Can’t Afford Coffee and Long Periods Without Food

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 11:11AM

For the next seven days, and at a time when Congress is considering $16 billion in cuts to the federal program, Booker will put himself in the same position as 850,000 other New Jerseyans who receive food stamps each month.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Ben Jealous to Donate Part of $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize to Troy Davis' Nephew

Ben Jealous to Donate Part of $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize to Troy Davis’ Nephew

by Jorge Rivas on December 4 2012, 5:12PM

The Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship goes to individuals who have “challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative, and socially responsible work of significance.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

JFK Was First to Acknowledge Latino Voting Bloc, Hours Before He was Killed

JFK Was First to Acknowledge Latino Voting Bloc, Hours Before He was Killed

by Jorge Rivas on December 4 2012, 2:25PM

Latinos have influenced presidential elections for more than 50 years.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Gabby Douglas, Wu Tsang Featured In New York Times' 'Twelve For 12' List

Gabby Douglas, Wu Tsang Featured In New York Times’ ‘Twelve For 12’ List

by Jorge Rivas on December 4 2012, 12:50PM

The list highlights notable designers, Olympians, filmmakers, writers and innovators.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

US Court Upholds $1 Mil for Latino Student Harassed in High School

US Court Upholds $1 Mil for Latino Student Harassed in High School

by Jorge Rivas on December 4 2012, 11:57AM

One of the biggest awards ever issued in a high school racial harassment case was upheld by a New York Court on Monday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

'Undocumented Immigrants' Could Jump to #3 Spot on TIME's Poll, Thanks to 4Chan

‘Undocumented Immigrants’ Could Jump to #3 Spot on TIME’s Poll, Thanks to 4Chan

by Jorge Rivas on December 3 2012, 1:33PM

The group has quickly moved to the #4 spot on their own but they could soon move up to the #3 spot and stay there thanks to 4chan users.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Legendary Blues Singer Buddy Guy Receives Kennedy Center Honors

Legendary Blues Singer Buddy Guy Receives Kennedy Center Honors

by Jorge Rivas on December 3 2012, 1:30PM

He called Guy “one of the last guardians of the great American blues.”

Topics: /NOW

Michelle Obama Stuns In Gold Gown At Kennedy Center Honors [Photos]

Michelle Obama Stuns In Gold Gown At Kennedy Center Honors [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on December 3 2012, 1:13PM

The Kennedy Center Honors recognized seven individuals - Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant - for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW