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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.

Even More of Your Favorite People Speaking Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

Even More of Your Favorite People Speaking Out Against Stop-and-Frisk

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2013, 1:02PM

Baratunde Thurston, Jasiri X, Janet Mock, New York State Senator Kevin Parker team up to rap about NYPD’s stop and frisk.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Brittney Griner Says College Coach Told Her To Hide Sexuality

Brittney Griner Says College Coach Told Her To Hide Sexuality

by Jorge Rivas on May 20 2013, 4:38PM

“It was a recruiting thing,” said Griner.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Number of Black Best Actor Oscars Nominees Could Be Unprecedented in 2014

Number of Black Best Actor Oscars Nominees Could Be Unprecedented in 2014

by Jorge Rivas on May 20 2013, 3:12PM

If entertainment industry insiders’ predictions turn out to be true they’ll also be host to an unprecedented number of black nominees in the best actor in a leading role category.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Unprecedented Number of HIV Cases in Navajo Reservation

Unprecedented Number of HIV Cases in Navajo Reservation

by Jorge Rivas on May 20 2013, 1:45PM

The chances for survival after an AIDS diagnosis were lower for Native Americans than any other racial group.

Topics: Health, /NOW

May 17, 1954: Supreme Court Rules Racial Segregation in Schools Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2013, 5:11PM

On May 17, 1954, the United State Supreme Court decided a case that changed the course of American history.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Your 6-Second Friday Break: A Black Man Dares to Run Through A White Neighborhood

Your 6-Second Friday Break: A Black Man Dares to Run Through A White Neighborhood

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2013, 3:00PM

A video with a black guy who likes “running through white people neighborhoods with my shirt off.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ambassador Susan E. Rice's Message on International Day Against Homophobia

Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s Message on International Day Against Homophobia

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2013, 11:57AM

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice released a video message today in honor of International Day Against Homophobia.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

'Geography of Hate' Maps out Racism on Twitter

‘Geography of Hate’ Maps out Racism on Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2013, 4:00PM

A group of researchers have created a “Geography of Hate” map revealing racist and homophobic tweet concentrations across the U.S.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lucy Liu: 'People See Sandra Bullock In a Romantic Comedy, Not Me'

Lucy Liu: ‘People See Sandra Bullock In a Romantic Comedy, Not Me’

by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2013, 11:59AM

Lucy Liu talks battling Asian stereotypes in Hollywood.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Study Finds People Of Color Nearly Invisible On Evening Cable News

Study Finds People Of Color Nearly Invisible On Evening Cable News

by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2013, 2:08PM

Rachel Maddow and Piers Morgan hosted the lowest number guests of color amongst their networks.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Federal Judge Says Obama Governs Like Bush on Reproductive Rights

Federal Judge Says Obama Governs Like Bush on Reproductive Rights

by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2013, 11:15AM

“You’re disadvantaging young people, African-Americans, the poor… that’s the policy of the Obama administration?”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

Sherri Shepherd Fuels Rumors 'The View' May Add Latina

Sherri Shepherd Fuels Rumors ‘The View’ May Add Latina

by Jorge Rivas on May 13 2013, 1:02PM

ABC’s “The View” may be adding an exotic kind of Latina: A republican Latina.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Magic Johnson's TV Network Launching All Black 'The View' Like Talk Show

Magic Johnson’s TV Network Launching All Black ‘The View’ Like Talk Show

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2013, 1:00PM

Magic Johnson’s cable network “Exhale” is launching a talkshow similar to “The View” that will be co-hosted by five black women.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ad Featuring Undocumented Immigrants Asks Whether They Deserve Healthcare Too

Ad Featuring Undocumented Immigrants Asks Whether They Deserve Healthcare Too

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2013, 11:55AM

The state is launching its insurance exchange program that will make health care more affordable for residents once Obamacare kicks in but it’s planning but it’s planning on leaving undocumented immigrants out.

Topics: Health, /NOW

The Messages of Love (and Hate) for Jason Collins

The Messages of Love (and Hate) for Jason Collins

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2013, 9:00AM

The web reacted immediately—from teammates to politicians—after Jason Collins announced he’s gay in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Sa-I-Gu' Documentary Explores How Korean Women Remember the L.A. Riots

‘Sa-I-Gu’ Documentary Explores How Korean Women Remember the L.A. Riots

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2013, 5:07PM

Today is the 21st anniversary of the uprising in Los Angeles shortly after the Rodney King trial verdict was announced. “Sa-I-Gu”, Korean for April 29, opens a window on Korean American women in Los Angeles whose stores — and lives…

Topics: History, /NOW

Wizards' Jason Collins Gets Messages of Support From Big Names

Wizards’ Jason Collins Gets Messages of Support From Big Names

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2013, 12:49PM

The White House, Kobe Bryant, NBA Commissioner and former president Bill Clinton have all announced their support for Jason Collins.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

First Active NBA Player Comes Out As Gay

First Active NBA Player Comes Out As Gay

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2013, 11:59AM

For the first time ever, an athlete for a major American sports team comes out of the closet.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom

Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom

by Jorge Rivas on April 26 2013, 3:00PM

A group of Georgia high school students are making history by challenging the segregation of their high school prom.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama: God Bless Planned Parenthood (Video)

Obama: God Bless Planned Parenthood (Video)

by Jorge Rivas on April 26 2013, 2:02PM

At a Planned Parenthood gala in Washington this morning, President Obama said the women’s health organization is “not going anywhere,” despite GOP-led efforts to defund it. “No matter how great the challenge, no matter how fierce the opposition, if there’s…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW