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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.

Comedian Fakes 'Mexican Accent' For Entire Semester of Spanish Class

Comedian Fakes ‘Mexican Accent’ For Entire Semester of Spanish Class

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 2:39PM

Jose Barrientos began his comedy career in Baghdad Iraq, while Serving in the ARMY. He says he became a comedian after realizing he was a better clown than he was a soldier.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NY's Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

NY’s Rikers Island Inmates Paid 39 Cents Per Hour to Work in Sandy Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 2:08PM

There was no Hurricane Sandy evacuation plan for inmates inside New York City’s main jail complex on Riker’s Island but they were certainly put to work in the recovery efforts.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jada on Willow's Hair Cut: 'Girls Have the Right to Own Themselves'

Jada on Willow’s Hair Cut: ‘Girls Have the Right to Own Themselves’

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 1:08PM

In an open letter published on her Facebook wall last week Jada Pinkett-Smith declared her daughter Willow Smith is “not her hair.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Readers Blast 'Hollywood Reporter' for 'Blindingly Pale Group of Women'

Readers Blast ‘Hollywood Reporter’ for ‘Blindingly Pale Group of Women’

by Jorge Rivas on November 26 2012, 10:55AM

Readers of the entertainment business magazine are calling them out for only featuring white actress in their “The Actresses Roundtable” cover story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Two Minnesota Students Record a Terribly Racist Rant in Blackface

Two Minnesota Students Record a Terribly Racist Rant in Blackface

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 6:08PM

The two young women go through just about every stereotype in the 5-minute video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

L.A. Mexican-American Man Arrested in Alleged Al-Qaeda Plot

L.A. Mexican-American Man Arrested in Alleged Al-Qaeda Plot

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 5:00PM

The arrests are raising serious questions on how the federal government’s search for domestic terrorists in communities of color.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Full Text of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Resignation Letter

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 4:29PM

The announcement comes two weeks after Jackson won re-election without campaigning.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

GMA's Robin Roberts' Interview with Sister Sally-Ann on MDS-Bone Marrow Treatment

GMA’s Robin Roberts’ Interview with Sister Sally-Ann on MDS-Bone Marrow Treatment

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 3:24PM

“Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts says she’s doing better everyday.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Rep. Jesse Jackson to Deliver Resignation Letter to Boehner Today

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 1:47PM

Jackson’s brother spoke to the Chicago Tribune by telephone.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

DEA Agent Says He Was Told Not To Enforce Drug Laws In White Areas

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 1:42PM

Meet Matthew Fogg, a former U.S. Marshal whose exploits led him to be nicknamed “Batman.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Cory Booker Plans to Live Off Food Stamps for One Week

Cory Booker Plans to Live Off Food Stamps for One Week

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 12:39PM

Booker’s decision came by way of a challenge after Twitter user “Twitwit” told him that “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government.”

Topics: Economy, /NOW

China's Next Top Model is 72-Year-Old Grandfather Liu Xianping

China’s Next Top Model is 72-Year-Old Grandfather Liu Xianping

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 11:51AM

China’s Next Top Model is a 72-year-old grandfather named Liu Xianping.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Illinois' Most Powerful Politicians Back Licenses for Undocumented

Illinois’ Most Powerful Politicians Back Licenses for Undocumented

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 11:00AM

Illinois may become the most populous state in the nation to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Amber Riley Breaks Down in Tears as She Opens Up About Body Image

Amber Riley Breaks Down in Tears as She Opens Up About Body Image

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 6:55PM

The 26-year-old “Glee” actress said: ‘Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is. Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there’s not a lot of roles for us.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Walmart is Nation's #1 Employer of Latinos, and Also Big Funders of Anti-Immigrant Efforts

Walmart is Nation’s #1 Employer of Latinos, and Also Big Funders of Anti-Immigrant Efforts

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 6:25PM

They found the vast majority of recipients of funding voted against the DREAM Act, supported E-verify, immigrant detention, and militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Gmail's 57th Supported Language is Cherokee, Its First Native American Tribal Language

Gmail’s 57th Supported Language is Cherokee, Its First Native American Tribal Language

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 4:36PM

Cherokee has become the first Native American language fully integrated into Gmail.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mass. Becomes 13th State to Allow Some Undocumented Students to Pay In-State Tuition

Mass. Becomes 13th State to Allow Some Undocumented Students to Pay In-State Tuition

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 3:58PM

The decision will cut tuition fees by about 50 percent for undocumented students attending state colleges.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Undocumented Can Apply for FEMA Sandy Relief Through Citizen Kids

Undocumented Can Apply for FEMA Sandy Relief Through Citizen Kids

by Jorge Rivas on November 19 2012, 12:35PM

If history repeats itself undocumented immigrants will be a large part of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts but they themselves won’t qualify for financial assistance from FEMA.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Los Angeles Finally Gets Korean-Language Lakers Games

Los Angeles Finally Gets Korean-Language Lakers Games

by Jorge Rivas on November 19 2012, 11:04AM

Last Friday, for the first time ever, Koreans in Southern California were able to watch Lakers games in their native language.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'If God Forgives Us, Then Our Community Should Forgive Us Too' Play

‘If God Forgives Us, Then Our Community Should Forgive Us Too’

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2012, 4:23PM

Tayna Fogle, a formerly incarcerated voting rights activist, describes her fight on behalf of Kentuckians denied the right to democracy because they’ve been to prison.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW