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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.

Romney Family Invests in 'Faulty' Voting Machines That Will be Used in Ohio

Romney Family Invests in ‘Faulty’ Voting Machines That Will be Used in Ohio

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 11:41AM

It’s clear Ohio will be the decider so this is definitely something worth watching.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Marco Rubio Breaks With Romney on China: 'Not Good Policy' and Will 'Hurt' Americans

Marco Rubio Breaks With Romney on China: ‘Not Good Policy’ and Will ‘Hurt’ Americans

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2012, 10:29AM

On CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Rubio said he feared this could lead to a trade war.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

New Poll Shows More Young, Poor People of Color Identify as LGBT

New Poll Shows More Young, Poor People of Color Identify as LGBT

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 1:53PM

Two studies released this week debunks many stereotypes about blacks and Latinos being overwhelmingly homophobic.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

How are Obama and Romney Spending Their Campaign Money?

How are Obama and Romney Spending Their Campaign Money?

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 10:47AM

Mitt Romney has spent more than three times as much as Obama to travel.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Zimmerman Defense Turns To Trayvon Martin's Facebook, School Records

Zimmerman Defense Turns To Trayvon Martin’s Facebook, School Records

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 10:05AM

O’Mara said he wants to see school records from two high schools and a middle school, alongside archives of Martin’s activity on Twitter and Facebook.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Man Wins Lottery After Dropping Out of College to Help Single Mom

Man Wins Lottery After Dropping Out of College to Help Single Mom

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 9:00AM

Sandeep Singh dropped out of school to work two jobs so he could help his single mom pay their mortgage. Now the 22-year-old is a millionaire.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Woman Starts Native American Fashion Mag

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Woman Starts Native American Fashion Mag

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2012, 8:37AM

Kelly Holmes says she founded “Native Max” magazine after getting tired of thumbing through issues of “Seventeen” or “Vogue” and not seeing models that looked like her.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Latino Worker Cooked to Death in Bumble Bee Tuna Cooker

Latino Worker Cooked to Death in Bumble Bee Tuna Cooker

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 1:05PM

Jose Malena died last Thursday when he became trapped inside the industrial-size pressure cooker and his family claims the company has offered no explanation to them.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama Won the Prize for Authentically Hugging His Wife at the Debate

Obama Won the Prize for Authentically Hugging His Wife at the Debate

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 11:40AM

Which candidate gave his wife the best hug?

Topics: /NOW, Politics

What You Need to Know: The 'Binders Full of Women' Directory

What You Need to Know: The ‘Binders Full of Women’ Directory

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 11:23AM

There’s a Facebook page, Twitter account and a Tumblr for the meme. But first things, first: the statement was misleading.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

W. Kamau Bell Explains Why He Hates Science -- Just Like Mitt Romney [Video]

W. Kamau Bell Explains Why He Hates Science — Just Like Mitt Romney [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 10:36AM

In the second video in the “Actually…” series, W. Kamau Bell explains why he hates science just like Mitt Romney.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Romney Uses the Term 'Undocumented Illegals' in Second Presidential Debate

Romney Uses the Term ‘Undocumented Illegals’ in Second Presidential Debate

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 9:35AM

It was awkward from the start. Her name was Lorainne and Romney wanted to call her “Loraina.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

An Illustrated Guide to All The Finger Pointing at Last Night's Debate

An Illustrated Guide to All The Finger Pointing at Last Night’s Debate

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 9:05AM

At last night’s second presidential debate, pointing and sometimes wagging fingers sparred.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

L.A. City Council Committee Unanimously Approves ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 3:49PM

A “key vote” to move ahead with the official city ID cards.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Jeremy Lin on the Cover of GQ, Talks Race, Racism and Expectations

Jeremy Lin on the Cover of GQ, Talks Race, Racism and Expectations

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 3:28PM

Linsanity is still alive and thriving.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Supreme Court Refuses Republican Request to Halt Early Voting in Ohio

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 1:20PM

Supreme Court refuses Republican request to halt early voting in Ohio days before election.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Oprah Gives Photographer Terry Richardson The Thumbs Up

Oprah Gives Photographer Terry Richardson The Thumbs Up

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 12:45PM

The infamous photographer Terry Richardson snapped pictures of Oprah Winfrey for the November issue of “Harper’s Bazaar.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rosie Pérez Talks Romney and Love on Maddow [Video]

Rosie Pérez Talks Romney and Love on Maddow [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 12:02PM

It’s a great interview, but something else happened that you don’t see on television often these days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

White Students in Blackface Reenact Chris Brown-Rihanna Fight

White Students in Blackface Reenact Chris Brown-Rihanna Fight

by Jorge Rivas on October 16 2012, 11:25AM

Last Friday, three white high schools students in Waverly, New York attended a pep-rally in black face and re-enacted a “scene” from the 2009 incident in which performer Chris Brown allegedly beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gap Pulls 'Manifest Destiny' Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

Gap Pulls ‘Manifest Destiny’ Shirts After Outrage, Twitter Response

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 6:11PM

When McNairy heard his work was promoting “a belief that has resulted in mass genocide” he took to Twitter to stir the controversy even more.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW