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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.

First Black Olympic All-Around Champion Met First Black U.S. President

First Black Olympic All-Around Champion Met First Black U.S. President

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2012, 11:33AM

Gabby Douglas meets President Barack Obama.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Keeping Up With Colorlines at the Facing Race Conference in Baltimore

Keeping Up With Colorlines at the Facing Race Conference in Baltimore

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2012, 3:51PM

The Facing Race Conference—the largest national, multi-racial gathering of racial justice leaders, educators, journalists, artists, and activists—starts today!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Viola Davis Honored By Domestic Workers

Viola Davis Honored By Domestic Workers

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2012, 2:32PM

Davis received the “Voice of Love Award: Uplifting the Voices of Domestic Workers in Popular Culture” award.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney: Obama Won Because He Promised Big 'Gifts' to Blacks, Latinos

Romney: Obama Won Because He Promised Big ‘Gifts’ to Blacks, Latinos

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2012, 10:17AM

Mitt Romney is back with more forty-seven-percent-esque comments and this time he’s more upset.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Solange Knowles' TSA Afro Pat Down Disaster

Solange Knowles’ TSA Afro Pat Down Disaster

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2012, 9:38AM

Beyoncé Knowles’ younger sister was forced to an afro pat down by TSA agents at a Miami airport.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Infographic: How White is the New Fall 2012 TV Season?

Infographic: How White is the New Fall 2012 TV Season?

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2012, 11:14AM

NBC leads the pack as the network with the most diversity in its scripted programming.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Porn Stars of Color Face Racial Inequality and Wage Gap Too

Porn Stars of Color Face Racial Inequality and Wage Gap Too

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2012, 10:30AM

Women of color in the pornography industry are paid half to three quarters of what white actresses tend to make.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Polls: Blacks and Latinos a Big Part of Upcoming Gay Marriage Revolution

Polls: Blacks and Latinos a Big Part of Upcoming Gay Marriage Revolution

by Jorge Rivas on November 13 2012, 11:20AM

If you look at last Tuesday’s exit polls alongside other recent studies you’ll find that as more African Americans and Latinos become registered voters the more likely it is for more same-sex marriage victories.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Politics

Denzel to Daughter: 'You're Dark-Skinned' So You'll Have to Work Harder

Denzel to Daughter: ‘You’re Dark-Skinned’ So You’ll Have to Work Harder

by Jorge Rivas on November 12 2012, 4:09PM

Denzel Washington (with a little help fromJamie Foxx) share advice for people that want to follow in their footsteps.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Clowns Attack KKK Rally in Charlotte, NC with Humor

Clowns Attack KKK Rally in Charlotte, NC with Humor

by Jorge Rivas on November 12 2012, 2:14PM

Instead of meeting hate with hate, they met hate with love. And humor.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Activist and Poet William Brandon Lacy Campos Dies at 35

Activist and Poet William Brandon Lacy Campos Dies at 35

by Jorge Rivas on November 12 2012, 1:26PM

Poet, writer, and activist William Brandon Lacy Campos died on Friday night in his apartment in New York, New York.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Victoria’s Secret Sexy Native American Headdress Runway Disaster

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2012, 4:22PM

And November is Native American History month.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

L.A. Mariachis Woke Up Latino Voters With Serenades at 7:30am

L.A. Mariachis Woke Up Latino Voters With Serenades at 7:30am

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2012, 2:45PM

The mariachis serenaded Sun Valley voters to wake up and vote for those who can’t.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Map Shows You Where Those Racists Tweeting After Obama Election Live

Map Shows You Where Those Racists Tweeting After Obama Election Live

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2012, 1:54PM

These findings support the idea that there are some fairly strong clustering of hate tweets centered in southeastern U.S.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Meet the New Gerber Baby: Mary Jane Montoya

Meet the New Gerber Baby: Mary Jane Montoya

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2012, 12:29PM

On November 6, 2012, the same day millions of Latinos took to the polls to vote, Gerber announced the winner of their latest Gerber baby photo contest.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Watch President Obama Cry During Thank You Speech to Campaign Staff

Watch President Obama Cry During Thank You Speech to Campaign Staff

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2012, 10:24AM

An emotional thank you from the Commander-in-Chief to his campaign staff.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Two Maryland Women Get Engaged at Obama Rally in Chicago

Two Maryland Women Get Engaged at Obama Rally in Chicago

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2012, 11:22AM

Keesha Patterson of Maryland got down on one knee and proposed to her girlfriend Rowan Ha at President Obama’s victory rally Tuesday night in Chicago.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Asian American Voters Back Democrats Despite Being Ignored By Both Parties

Asian American Voters Back Democrats Despite Being Ignored By Both Parties

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2012, 10:58AM

Asian Americans may be roughly 4 percent of the nation’s population, but their political leanings are often misunderstood or neglected altogether.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Tulsi Gabbard, First Hindu-American Elected to Congress, Crushed GOP

Tulsi Gabbard, First Hindu-American Elected to Congress, Crushed GOP

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 5:21PM

On Tuesday night Tulsi Gabbard became the first Hindu-American to have entered the U.S. House of Representatives, winning her Hawaii seat by crushing her Republican rival.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Miami TV Reporter at Obama Rally Confuses Will.i.am for Wyclef Jean

Miami TV Reporter at Obama Rally Confuses Will.i.am for Wyclef Jean

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 3:54PM

Just take a look at Miami’s WSVN-TV reporter’s nod at the 0:19 second mark. He thought he was being so slick. (h/t Gawker)…

Topics: /NOW, Politics