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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.

HIV-Positive DREAMer in Urgent Need of Medical Care Stuck in ICE Custody

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 3:28PM

A DREAMactivist.org petition is urging ICE to immediately release and end deportation proceedings for a 27-year-old HIV-positive DREAMer that was held in a Florida detention center without medical care.

Topics: Health, Immigration, /NOW

Forever 21 Withholds Labor Records After Feds Ask About Sweatshops

Forever 21 Withholds Labor Records After Feds Ask About Sweatshops

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 2:24PM

The Department of Labor is going after Forever21 because the company refuses to open up its labor records.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Romney Camp Says Obama is Taking Latino Voters for Granted

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 12:12PM

Earlier this week we published a story about President Obama saying that if he was reelected it’ll be because the GOP has ignored Latinos. Now Mitt Romney’s camp is firing back.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney + Poor People = Hilarious? [Video]

Mitt Romney + Poor People = Hilarious? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 11:13AM

Comedian Elon James White takes on Romney’s ‘The poor are taken care of’ comment.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

93% of Front-Page Election News Stories are Written by White Reporters [Infographic]

93% of Front-Page Election News Stories are Written by White Reporters [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2012, 4:31PM

Issues pertaining to race have been constant in the 2012 election news coverage, but almost all the people covering those stories have been white.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Winner of Trayvon Martin Look-Alike Contest to Receive Prize

Winner of Trayvon Martin Look-Alike Contest to Receive Prize

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2012, 1:47PM

A Topeka teenager is scheduled to receive an award on Friday for winning a Trayvon Martin Look-Alike contest.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Is Apple's New iPad Mini Video the First to Include More Than White Guys?

Is Apple’s New iPad Mini Video the First to Include More Than White Guys?

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2012, 11:33AM

The representation of people of color in product launch videos is more than just about diversity at Apple. It’s about equity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rosario Dawson and Voter Protection Experts Answer Your Questions in Twitter Townhall

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 3:06PM

Join the conversation using #yVote and help build the movement for empowered and collective voting!

Topics: /NOW, Politics

U.S. Sues Bank Of America for Over $1 Billion in Mortgage Fraud Case

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 2:38PM

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are suing Bank of America for more than $1 billion for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Off the Record, Obama tells Reporter: If I Win, It'll Be Because GOP 'Alienated' Latinos

Off the Record, Obama tells Reporter: If I Win, It’ll Be Because GOP ‘Alienated’ Latinos

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 1:42PM

The Obama administration set a new record for deportations in 2011, removing nearly 400,000 undocumented immigrants.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Jay Smooth Deconstructs Romney's Famous '47%' Flub

Jay Smooth Deconstructs Romney’s Famous ‘47%’ Flub

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 11:50AM

The “Actually…” web series has added another celebrity fact checker to their list! In this new video, DJ Jay Smooth hits Romney on his 47% comment.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Top Row, 3rd From Left: Most Adorable Obama-With-Kids-Photo Ever

Top Row, 3rd From Left: Most Adorable Obama-With-Kids-Photo Ever

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 10:58AM

President Obama takes a lot of pictures with kids. But this one might be the most adorable.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jesse Jackson Jr. Back at Mayo Clinic, Return to Congress Unclear

Jesse Jackson Jr. Back at Mayo Clinic, Return to Congress Unclear

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 4:51PM

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has returned to a Minnesota Mayo Clinic hospital for “an evaluation.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Winnsboro Police Believe Woman's Burns Were Self-Inflicted

Winnsboro Police Believe Woman’s Burns Were Self-Inflicted

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 3:20PM

Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, is in critical condition with burns on more than half her body after being attacked by three alleged KKK members.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Vivica A. Fox Schools Stacey Dash on How to Make Presidential Endorsements With Class

Vivica A. Fox Schools Stacey Dash on How to Make Presidential Endorsements With Class

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 2:07PM

Vivica A. Fox says Stacey’s Dash’s endorsement of Mitt Romney was not done with class. “She doesn’t have a job or something to promote right now,” Fox said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ohio Students Warn Against Being a Racist Fool This Halloween

Ohio Students Warn Against Being a Racist Fool This Halloween

by Jorge Rivas on October 23 2012, 12:35PM

Controversy surrounding racially offensive Halloween costumes and theme parties have become a routine part of the holiday on college campuses. One student group wants to make a difference.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Orlando Cruz, Gay Boxer, Wins First Fight Since Coming Out

Orlando Cruz, Gay Boxer, Wins First Fight Since Coming Out

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 6:22PM

Earlier this month featherweight Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz made history by identifying himself as a “proud gay man.” With those words, Cruz became the first openly gay man in pro boxing. This past Sunday Cruz was greeted with cheers…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Parents Launch Fund to Fight Stand Your Ground Laws

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Launch Fund to Fight Stand Your Ground Laws

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 5:22PM

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a new fund and political committee to “Stand Your Ground” laws across the country.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Russell Means Voiced the Most Powerful Scene of Disney's 'Pocahontas'

Russell Means Voiced the Most Powerful Scene of Disney’s ‘Pocahontas’

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 3:22PM

Little did they know that in 1969, Means was part of a group of American Indians that occupied Alcatraz Island to call attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Russell Means, Oglala Sioux Activist and Actor, Dies at 72

Russell Means, Oglala Sioux Activist and Actor, Dies at 72

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 2:09PM

Means credited his organization the American Indian Movement with bringing Native Americans a sense of pride.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW