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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.

Jackie Lacey Becomes Los Angeles' First Black District Attorney

Jackie Lacey Becomes Los Angeles’ First Black District Attorney

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 3:04PM

On Tuesday night, Jackie Lacey became first woman and African American to ever hold the office.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Did Obama's Victory Speech Include Nod to DREAMers?

Did Obama’s Victory Speech Include Nod to DREAMers?

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 1:45PM

During President Barack Obama’s victory speech Tuesday night he briefly spoke about the “dreams of an immigrant’s daughter.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Polling Places 2012: Cute Kids Edition [Photos]

Polling Places 2012: Cute Kids Edition [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2012, 11:45AM

Tons of babies and a woman who was in labor when she went to vote.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Bill O'Reilly: 'The White Establishment is Now the Minority' [VIDEO]

Bill O’Reilly: ‘The White Establishment is Now the Minority’ [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 10:10PM

Bill O’Reilly said that if President Barack Obama is re-elected, it’s because the demographics of the country have changed and “it’s not a traditional America anymore.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Voters in Predominantly Black Ohio Suburb Forced to Cast Provisional Ballots

Voters in Predominantly Black Ohio Suburb Forced to Cast Provisional Ballots

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 5:53PM

A number of residents in Forest Park, a predominantly black suburb outside Cincinnati, are reporting they’re being forced to cast provisional ballots because records incorrectly show they already submitted an absentee-ballot. The state Board of Election says the issue was…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Fourteen-Year-Old From Inglewood Explains Why He's Canvassing for Obama in Nevada

Fourteen-Year-Old From Inglewood Explains Why He’s Canvassing for Obama in Nevada

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 2:21PM

Fourteen-year-old Antoine Jenkins traveled from Inglewood, Calif. to Las Vegas, Nevada to knock on doors and urge voters in the swing state to vote for Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Obama Has 431 Ways to Win, Romney Has 76 Ways to Win [Infographic]

Obama Has 431 Ways to Win, Romney Has 76 Ways to Win [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 11:21AM

Five electoral combinations could result in a tie.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Rest of World Would Vote for Obama, BBC Poll Finds

The Rest of World Would Vote for Obama, BBC Poll Finds

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 10:48AM

A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW, Politics

20 Hopes and Dreams for the New President's Racial Justice Agenda Play

20 Hopes and Dreams for the New President’s Racial Justice Agenda

by Jorge Rivas on November 6 2012, 8:38AM

Watch the Colorlines team tell the presidential candidates what they’d each like to see at the top of the national agenda on day one. And add your own hopes to the list!

Topics: 2012 Election, Politics

Chris Rock's Message for the 'Undecided Voters of the Caucasian Variety'

Chris Rock’s Message for the ‘Undecided Voters of the Caucasian Variety’

by Jorge Rivas on November 5 2012, 1:18PM

On last Friday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Chris Rock starred in a satirical campaign ad that proved President Barack Obama is white.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How the Romney and Obama Campaigns Racially Typefaced You

How the Romney and Obama Campaigns Racially Typefaced You

by Jorge Rivas on November 5 2012, 12:00PM

Take a look at how both campaigns labeled the so-called “minority” groups.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Janelle Monáe On Being a Former Maid and Why She Still Wears a Uniform

Janelle Monáe On Being a Former Maid and Why She Still Wears a Uniform

by Jorge Rivas on November 5 2012, 4:44AM

The singer-songwriter delivered the most moving speech of the evening at the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 2012 awards ceremony.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

American Indian Tribes Come Together to Help Sandy-Hit Shinnecock Indian Nation

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 4:38PM

The Shinnecock Indian Nation, a self-governing tribe residing along the shores of Eastern Long Island that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, is scheduled to receive some much needed assistance from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

NY Daily News Reporter Live-Tweeting Alleged Looter Arraignments of People ‘Stealing Essentials’

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 3:33PM

According to one of Yaniv’s tweets, defense lawyers points out that “most alleged Coney Island looters are either students or people with jobs who has little or no priors.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYC's Chinatown Devastated After Sandy, Advocates Say Race to Blame

NYC’s Chinatown Devastated After Sandy, Advocates Say Race to Blame

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 2:20PM

What happens if you’re not Wall Street or Times Square post-Sandy.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Staten Island Residents Refused to Help Black Mom as Sandy Swept Sons Away

Staten Island Residents Refused to Help Black Mom as Sandy Swept Sons Away

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 1:16PM

Connor and Brandon Moore, ages 4 and 2, are believed to be Hurricane Sandy’s youngest victims.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Starving New Yorkers in East Village Forced to Dumpster Dive

Starving New Yorkers in East Village Forced to Dumpster Dive

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2012, 11:54AM

New Yorkers on food stamps have especially been hit hard because they can’t pay for food,

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Jimmy Kimmel Asks a Brooklyn Barbershop About Mitt Romney

Jimmy Kimmel Asks a Brooklyn Barbershop About Mitt Romney

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 6:31PM

Jimmy Kimmel goes to a Brooklyn barbershop to find out how Romney can get more votes.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Leave it to a Few L.A. Drag Queens to Explain Mitt Romney and Women's Rights

Leave it to a Few L.A. Drag Queens to Explain Mitt Romney and Women’s Rights

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 5:31PM

Los Angeles based drag queens Willam Belli, Detox, Vicki Vox, Pandora, and Ozma explain what issues “real women” should care about and who they should vote for.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can't Pay for Food

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 4:33PM

New Yorkers with electronic benefit cards (EBT) go hungry because they can’t swipe their cards at shops with no electricity.

Topics: Economy, /NOW