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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.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Michelle Obama Casts Absentee Ballot, Urges Supporters to Vote Early

Michelle Obama Casts Absentee Ballot, Urges Supporters to Vote Early

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 4:57PM

Obama’s campaign said it was the first time a presidential nominee and his spouse will not vote in person on Election Day.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

BET Co-Founder Says Network Reinforces Negative Stereotypes

BET Co-Founder Says Network Reinforces Negative Stereotypes

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 4:25PM

The co-founder says the network’s current content reinforces negative stereotypes of blacks in the U.S.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Middle of Nowhere' Opens To Biggest Per Screen Average This Weekend

‘Middle of Nowhere’ Opens To Biggest Per Screen Average This Weekend

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 2:36PM

The film brought in the biggest per-screen ticket sales total for any film currently in theaters.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Put the White Back in the White House' Meme Moves from Twitter to GOP Rally

‘Put the White Back in the White House’ Meme Moves from Twitter to GOP Rally

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 11:31AM

A racist anti-Obama trending topic making the rounds on Twitter for months finally made an appearance on a t-shirt at a Romney campaign rally this past weekend.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Easier as a Latino? Rosie Pérez Schools Mitt Romney in New Video

Easier as a Latino? Rosie Pérez Schools Mitt Romney in New Video

by Jorge Rivas on October 15 2012, 9:19AM

Easier as a Latino? Rosie Perez sets Mitt straight.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Day Laborers Denounce Governor Brown’s Veto of TRUST Act

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 5:42PM

The TRUST Act could have been a significant blow to the Secure Communities program because over a quarter of ‘S-Comm deportations’ are currently from California.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Meet Richard Hayes, the Black Man Who Picks Up Mitt Romney's Trash

Meet Richard Hayes, the Black Man Who Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 2:47PM

Richard is a City of San Diego sanitation worker whose route includes Mitt Romney’s $12 million oceanfront villa in La Jolla, Calif.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

California Approves Driver's Licenses for Young Undocumented Immigrants

California Approves Driver’s Licenses for Young Undocumented Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 1:23PM

On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo’s (D-Los Angeles) AB 2189 in to law, which will allow DREAMers who are granted deferred action to apply for a California Drivers’ License. The bill states that any document received by…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Philly Cop Appears to Punch Woman at Puerto Rican Day Parade

Philly Cop Appears to Punch Woman at Puerto Rican Day Parade

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 11:29AM

But what’s clear from the 36 second video is that a woman jumping around celebrating (by spraying silly string) ends up with a busted lip after an officer throws her down on the floor.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Calif. Gov. Vetoes Legislation That Would Protect Farm Workers from Heat-Related Deaths

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 10:28AM

Since California issued regulations in 2005 to keep farm workers from dying of extreme heat, preventable farm worker deaths have continued.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Governor Brown Denies Overtime Protection to Domestic Workers in CA

Governor Brown Denies Overtime Protection to Domestic Workers in CA

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 9:59AM

Domestic workers in California will continue to be excluded from or discriminated against by most labor and employment laws.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Whoopi Goldberg Bleeped After Ann Coulter Tries To Tell Her About Black People

Whoopi Goldberg Bleeped After Ann Coulter Tries To Tell Her About Black People

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2012, 3:25PM

“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg confronted Ann Coulter over the topic of race and ended up cursing her out and accusing her of not knowing what she was talking about.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Marijuana Prohibition Turns 75, Blacks Three Times More Likely to be Arrested Than Whites

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2012, 2:25PM

The most vulnerable members of our society are also the targets of a prison industrial complex out of control and getting bigger every day.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sikh Woman Teaches Reddit Users a Life Lesson in Tolerance

Sikh Woman Teaches Reddit Users a Life Lesson in Tolerance

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2012, 1:10PM

A college student who posted a mean spirited photo he shot of a fellow student to the online community site Reddit.com just got a life lesson in tolerance he’ll never forget.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Viola Davis Welcomes Protestors Who Disrupted 'Won't Back Down' Premiere

Viola Davis Welcomes Protestors Who Disrupted ‘Won’t Back Down’ Premiere

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2012, 11:45AM

An estimated 50 parents and teachers demonstrated outside the “Won’t Back Down” film premiere in New York Sunday.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Awkward Moments with Mitt Romney: That One Time He Asked a Group of Black Teens 'Who Let The Dogs Out?'

Awkward Moments with Mitt Romney: That One Time He Asked a Group of Black Teens ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 3:37PM

It was at a 2008 Martin Luther King Day parade in Jacksonville, Florida that Mitt Romney made the ill-considered decision to chant the lyrics to the Baha Men’s song.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Did Ann Romney Just Say Being Black is Kind of Like Being Mormon?

Did Ann Romney Just Say Being Black is Kind of Like Being Mormon?

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 2:57PM

Ann Romney told “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno that electing her husband would help eliminate prejudice against their Mormon faith, just like we left “prejudices behind” when we elected President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Samuel L. Jackson Debuts F-Bomb-Laced Pro-Obama Voting Ad

Samuel L. Jackson Debuts F-Bomb-Laced Pro-Obama Voting Ad

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 12:45PM

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has a message for Democrats who supported President Barack Obama in 2008 but aren’t enthusiastic this time around.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Families Urge the FCC to Lower Price of Prison Phone Calls

Families Urge the FCC to Lower Price of Prison Phone Calls

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2012, 11:47AM

Advocates say regulation would both reduce the price-gouging that incarcerated persons’ families suffer and simultaneously contribute to the social good by reducing recidivism.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Chicano Poet Takes on Anti-Muslim 'Savage' Ads [Video]

Chicano Poet Takes on Anti-Muslim ‘Savage’ Ads [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2012, 4:01PM

Spoken word artist Mark Gonzales takes on the racist advertisements paid for by Pamela Geller and her organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative that referred to Muslims as savages.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW