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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.

Marvin Gaye's Son Says Lenny Kravitz Playing his Father is 'Shameful'

Marvin Gaye’s Son Says Lenny Kravitz Playing his Father is ‘Shameful’

by Jorge Rivas on December 3 2012, 11:35AM

Lenny Kravitz has signed up to star as the soul singer in the project, currently going under the working title of “Sexual Healing.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black Males Ages 13-24 Hit Hardest With New HIV Infections in U.S.

Black Males Ages 13-24 Hit Hardest With New HIV Infections in U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 4:04PM

In 2010, of the estimated 47,500 new HIV infections, 12,200 were among youths.

Topics: Health, /NOW

The Kids Found Someone They Love More Than Michelle Obama: Bo

The Kids Found Someone They Love More Than Michelle Obama: Bo

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 2:01PM

Michelle Obama had a holiday event for military families and all everybody wanted to talk about was Bo.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis  Visits Day Laborers Working in Sandy Relief [Video]

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Visits Day Laborers Working in Sandy Relief [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 11:03AM

She expressed her support for their sacrifice and contribution as they work to rebuild their communities.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York Fast Food Workers Head Back to Work With Community Escorts

New York Fast Food Workers Head Back to Work With Community Escorts

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 10:28AM

Community members are thanking workers who walked off their jobs yesterday by accompanying them back to work.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 8:49AM

The two largest French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro are reporting Strauss-Kahn and Diallo are expected to meet on December 7 to “sign a financial agreement ending the civil proceedings.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama Served Romney White Turkey Chili at White House Today [Photo]

Obama Served Romney White Turkey Chili at White House Today [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 5:18PM

Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Study Finds Negative Portrayals of Muslims Get More Media Attention

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 4:57PM

Since 9/11, negative messages about Muslims have received more media attention than positive ones, new research finds.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Is That a 'Muslim Obama' Bobblehead in Glenn Beck's 'Pee Pee' Jar?

Is That a ‘Muslim Obama’ Bobblehead in Glenn Beck’s ‘Pee Pee’ Jar?

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 3:46PM

For years now Beck has argued President Obama has “shocking ties to the radical Muslim Brotherhood” and has suggested the commander in chief may be Muslim himself.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Why Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are Striking Today

Here’s Why Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are Striking Today

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 11:35AM

Workers at dozens of fast-food restaurants in New York City walked off the job Thursday morning.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Petition Calls Out NYT Art Critic for Racist and Sexist Framing

Petition Calls Out NYT Art Critic for Racist and Sexist Framing

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 4:39PM

A petition is demanding the New York Times “acknowledge and address” a Times art critic’s recent reviews that have compared women and black artists to white male artists, “only to find them lacking.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

December 1 is World AIDS Day, Find Events Near You

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 3:36PM

Every year World AIDS Day events take place across the country to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Did a Top Romney Adviser Just Brag About Losing Poor Voters of Color to Obama?

Did a Top Romney Adviser Just Brag About Losing Poor Voters of Color to Obama?

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 1:35PM

He finished his op-ed by arguing Obama only won the presidency because the press really liked the “charismatic African American” candidate.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

GOP's Alternative to DREAM Act Has No Path to Citizenship

GOP’s Alternative to DREAM Act Has No Path to Citizenship

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 12:16PM

Republicans unveiled their answer to the DREAM Act, with the Achieve Act, to help undocumented immigrants.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Undocumented Immigrants Rising Quickly on TIME'S 'Person of the Year' List

Undocumented Immigrants Rising Quickly on TIME’S ‘Person of the Year’ List

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2012, 11:11AM

Undocumented immigrants are now in ninth place

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Naked HIV/AIDS Activists Arrested After They Take Over John Boehner's Office

Naked HIV/AIDS Activists Arrested After They Take Over John Boehner’s Office

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 3:58PM

At least three AIDS activists were arrested on Tuesday after they and other naked demonstrators briefly took over House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) to protest budget cuts to health care services.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Walmart Admits Goods Were Made at Bangladesh Factory Before Fire

Walmart Admits Goods Were Made at Bangladesh Factory Before Fire

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 3:22PM

Walmart has admitted some of its products were made at the Bangladesh garment factory where a weekend fire killed at least 112 people.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Latina Federal Judge

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 12:42PM

If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro would be the first out gay Latina to serve on the federal bench.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Hip-Hop Legend Afrika Bambaataa Begins Lecturing at Cornell

Hip-Hop Legend Afrika Bambaataa Begins Lecturing at Cornell

by Jorge Rivas on November 27 2012, 11:59AM

Bambaataa joins a list of other Hip-hop pioneers who have recently become visiting scholars at Ivy League institutions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Walmart Ignored Deadly 'High Risks' at Bangladeshi Factory

Walmart Ignored Deadly ‘High Risks’ at Bangladeshi Factory

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 4:00PM

More than 100 people died Saturday and Sunday in a fire at a garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW