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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.

Cherokee Nation Demands Scott Brown Apologize For 'Downright Racist' Behavior

Cherokee Nation Demands Scott Brown Apologize For ‘Downright Racist’ Behavior

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2012, 2:17PM

The Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation issued a strongly worded statement Wednesday denouncing the actions of Sen. Scott Brown staffers and supporters at a campaign rally earlier this week.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Dolce & Gabbana Send Racist Mammy Collection Down the Catwalk

Dolce & Gabbana Send Racist Mammy Collection Down the Catwalk

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2012, 1:02PM

That colonialist idea of a black woman on earrings is even more problematic when you realize that Dolce and Gabbana liked black women enough to exoticise on earrings but not to include them in their show.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney's Mexican Cousin: U.S./NAFTA 'Responsible for Increase in Illegal Immigration' [Video]

Romney’s Mexican Cousin: U.S./NAFTA ‘Responsible for Increase in Illegal Immigration’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 5:15PM

What do Mitt’s Mexican cousins think about his strict immigration policies?

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Are You and Your Friends Registered to Vote? Here's One Website That Does It All

Are You and Your Friends Registered to Vote? Here’s One Website That Does It All

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 4:24PM

National Voter Registration Day is today and Colorlines.com/NOW is highlighting a website that’s a one-stop-shop for all your voter registration needs.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

New Yorkers Tag Racist 'Savage' Jihad Subway Ads

New Yorkers Tag Racist ‘Savage’ Jihad Subway Ads

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

A collection of anti-Muslim ads have been making their way across the country. And in each city, they’re being met with a good dose of truth-telling.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Rep. Maxine Waters Officially Cleared of All Ethics Charges

Rep. Maxine Waters Officially Cleared of All Ethics Charges

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 12:11PM

The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday officially cleared Rep. Maxine Waters of all ethics charges after nearly three years of investigating the California Democrat.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Madonna: Obama Is 'A Black Muslim' and 'Y'all Better' F---ing Vote for Him

Madonna: Obama Is ‘A Black Muslim’ and ‘Y’all Better’ F—-ing Vote for Him

by Jorge Rivas on September 25 2012, 11:35AM

At a concert in Washington, D.C. Monday night, Madonna endorsed President Barack Obama. And she did it in the most, uh, colorful of ways.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Woman Acting for El Paso County, Co. Clerk's Office Only Registering Republicans [Video]

Woman Acting for El Paso County, Co. Clerk’s Office Only Registering Republicans [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 24 2012, 4:36PM

The short video shows a young woman identifying herself as an El Paso County, Co. Clerk’s Office who is there only to hand out registration forms to likely Romney voters.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Indian American Comedian Celebrates Success by Pointing to a Few Failures

Indian American Comedian Celebrates Success by Pointing to a Few Failures

by Jorge Rivas on September 24 2012, 3:40PM

Hari Kondabolu, a comedian and writer on “Totally Biased,” says it’s a great time to be Indian American. Unless of course, you piss him off.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

SNL Also Thinks Romney Sported Brownface for Univision Town Hall

SNL Also Thinks Romney Sported Brownface for Univision Town Hall

by Jorge Rivas on September 24 2012, 2:29PM

Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” host Seth Meyers went on a rant about President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign strategy Saturday and offered up some advice.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Citizenship and Voter I.D. Laws Could Keep 10 Million Latinos From Voting

Citizenship and Voter I.D. Laws Could Keep 10 Million Latinos From Voting

by Jorge Rivas on September 24 2012, 11:53AM

New study finds that 23 states currently have legal barriers that disproportionately impact voter registration and participation by Latino citizens.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Univision Anchor Cites Colorlines.com Deportation Investigation to Obama

Univision Anchor Cites Colorlines.com Deportation Investigation to Obama

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2012, 1:51PM

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas cited a Colorlines.com investigation that found there is an estimated 5,100 children in foster care who face barriers to family reunification because their mother or father is in detention or has been deported.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Are Black and Latino Teens Getting Paid to Wait in Line for iPhone 5's?

Are Black and Latino Teens Getting Paid to Wait in Line for iPhone 5’s?

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2012, 11:53AM

Waiting in line for iPhone 5, some are just doing their jobs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Díaz Calls DREAM Act 'A Tiny Little Bone' for People Who Deserve More

Junot Díaz Calls DREAM Act ‘A Tiny Little Bone’ for People Who Deserve More

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 6:07PM

“I think the DREAM Act is a tiny little bone that they throw in to a community that deserves a lot more, and certainly I think it’s nice and important but we should be able to recognize the community—the people who do the heavy lifting—and stop afflicting them.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Everyone Wants to Know if Mitt Romney Sported Brownface for Univision

Everyone Wants to Know if Mitt Romney Sported Brownface for Univision

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 5:15PM

Everyone is asking if Mitt Romney donned brownface for his television appearance on Univision.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney's Dad Was on Welfare For First Years of His Life, Says Mom

Romney’s Dad Was on Welfare For First Years of His Life, Says Mom

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 3:04PM

Welfare wasn’t always a dirty word In the Romney family tree.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Romney Asked Four Times If He'll Get Rid of Deferred Action, No Clear Answer

Romney Asked Four Times If He’ll Get Rid of Deferred Action, No Clear Answer

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2012, 11:55AM

Romney first criticized President Obama for failing to pass immigration reform and then went on pledge to pass immigration himself but evaded the question.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Latina Voter Schools Romney in New Political Ad

Latina Voter Schools Romney in New Political Ad

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2012, 4:30PM

The ad stars a Latina who takes Romney to task for saying he would have a better shot at winning the presidency if he were Latino.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

So Who Actually Won the Chicago Teachers Strike?

So Who Actually Won the Chicago Teachers Strike?

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2012, 1:35PM

Chicago public school teachers voted on Tuesday to end their strike and resume classes Wednesday in the third-largest U.S. school district in the Nation.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Civil Rights Groups Worry as SB 1070 Goes into Effect

Civil Rights Groups Worry as SB 1070 Goes into Effect

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2012, 12:51PM

On Tuesday, a federal judge cleared the way for Section 2B of Senate Bill 1070 that requires Arizona law enforcement officials check the immigration status of anyone they encounter and believe is undocumented.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW