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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.

Brooklyn Teen on Track to Become First Black Female Chess Master

Brooklyn Teen on Track to Become First Black Female Chess Master

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 3:24PM

Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, a Brooklyn teenager featured in the documentary “Chess Master” is on track to become the first female chess master.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Romney Airs Spanish-Language Ad Linking Obama to Hugo Chavez

Romney Airs Spanish-Language Ad Linking Obama to Hugo Chavez

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 12:40PM

Mitt Romney campaign has been “heavily running” an ad that links President Barack Obama with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro’s niece and Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Did Giants Sergio Romo Call Out the DREAM Act in his Victory Speech?

Did Giants Sergio Romo Call Out the DREAM Act in his Victory Speech?

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 11:35AM

This might be a stretch but the pause before Romo said “drrrream” may mean something.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Sergio Romo's Other Controversial Showstopping Shirts

Sergio Romo’s Other Controversial Showstopping Shirts

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 11:13AM

Wednesday’s big story from the San Francisco Giants’ victory parade was relief pitcher Sergio Romo’s and the message in front of his T-shirt: “I just look illegal.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Northeast Tribal Lands Hit Hard by Hurricane Sandy

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 5:44PM

Northeastern tribes say they need both federal and non-governmental agencies to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Sergio Romo, SF World Series Champ, Declares: 'I Just Look Illegal'

Sergio Romo, SF World Series Champ, Declares: ‘I Just Look Illegal’

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 3:36PM

Sergio Romo, grandson of migrant workers and world series champ, declares: “I Just Look Illegal”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Border Towns Honor Fallen Migrants on Day of the Dead

Border Towns Honor Fallen Migrants on Day of the Dead

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 2:25PM

Since Dia de los Muertos in 1994, the year that Operation Gatekeeper tightened border security and diverted migrants to remote and dangerous areas, artists hang art on the border fence as a way of honoring the men, women and children who lost their lives on their way to the U.S.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ariz. Official That Banned Ethnic Studies Cited in Hit-run Crash, Caught in Affair Scandal

Ariz. Official That Banned Ethnic Studies Cited in Hit-run Crash, Caught in Affair Scandal

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 1:22PM

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne was cited last Wednesday for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident earlier this year.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Confused About Whether Your Costume is Racist or Not?

Confused About Whether Your Costume is Racist or Not?

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 12:37PM

Confused About Whether Your Costume is Racist or Not? Here’s your last minute checklist.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Romney Refuse to Answer Questions About Defunding FEMA 11 Times

Watch Romney Refuse to Answer Questions About Defunding FEMA 11 Times

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 11:13AM

Is Romney Serious About Defunding FEMA? No one knows.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Romney's New Ad Gets Obama's Welfare and Food Stamps Policy All Wrong

Romney’s New Ad Gets Obama’s Welfare and Food Stamps Policy All Wrong

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2012, 10:58AM

The Romney campaign has made welfare and food stamp bashing a central part of it’s strategy to win the White House, convinced as ever that it can appeal to the GOP base by attacking programs for the poor.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Bush’s Heckuva-Job FEMA Director Criticizes Obama For Responding to Sandy ‘So Quickly’

by Jorge Rivas on October 30 2012, 4:21PM

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who faced a great deal of backlash for the Bush administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is back in the headlines.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Texas Trooper Kills Guatemalan Immigrants in Aerial Shooting

Texas Trooper Kills Guatemalan Immigrants in Aerial Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on October 30 2012, 2:41PM

A Texas trooper says he was unaware the truck was carrying passengers. But the Guatemalan Consul doesn’t believe any of it.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Rapper Jasiri X's New Video Calls Out This Election's Silence on Poverty

Rapper Jasiri X’s New Video Calls Out This Election’s Silence on Poverty

by Jorge Rivas on October 30 2012, 1:49PM

Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X new music video for the song “Don’t Forget About The Hood” looks at how issues about the poor and those living in poverty have been “forgotten” this election season.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Atlantic City Mayor Wants To Meet Chris Christie 'Mano-A-Mano'

Atlantic City Mayor Wants To Meet Chris Christie ‘Mano-A-Mano’

by Jorge Rivas on October 30 2012, 11:55AM

During a press conference Monday, Republican Governor Christie, called the Democratic mayor “a rogue mayor” who’s “impossible to work with.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

In Haiti, Officials Fear Rising Food Prices and Increase in Cholera Cases

In Haiti, Officials Fear Rising Food Prices and Increase in Cholera Cases

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

Almost three years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, the country now faces another threat after Hurricane Sandy.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Bloomberg: Don't Worry About Prisoners at Rikers Island

Bloomberg: Don’t Worry About Prisoners at Rikers Island

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2012, 4:34PM

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tellingly misinterpreted a reporter’s question during a pre-Sandy press conference Sunday.

Topics: /NOW

Congress Could See The Largest Number of Latinos Elected to House

Congress Could See The Largest Number of Latinos Elected to House

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2012, 2:35PM

Depending on how many Latino candidates win, the percentage of House seats held by Latinos could be nearly on par with their representation in the U.S. population.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Honoring Ancestors, Loved Ones As We Celebrate Day of the Dead Play

Honoring Ancestors, Loved Ones As We Celebrate Day of the Dead

by Jorge Rivas on October 29 2012, 10:15AM

Watch as Colorlines.com joins the celebration in Los Angeles and asks participants to explain what the traditional Mexican holiday means to them.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Colorlines.com's Akiba Solomon on Reproductive Rights and the Election

Colorlines.com’s Akiba Solomon on Reproductive Rights and the Election

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 4:23PM

Akiba Solomon, Colorlines.com’s “Gender Matters” blogger was a guest on BrianLehrer.tv earlier this week to discuss reproductive rights and the 2012 Election.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW