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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.

Tired of Chris Brown? There's an App For That

Tired of Chris Brown? There’s an App For That

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2012, 12:38PM

There’s a Chrome extension to “scrub” Chris Brown from the internet. Permanently.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

FX Renews W. Kamau Bell's 'Totally Biased' for Second Season

FX Renews W. Kamau Bell’s ‘Totally Biased’ for Second Season

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 3:56PM

FX networks renews the Chris Rock produced “Totally Biased” with Kamau Bell.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Soledad O'Brien Asks Romney Aide if It's 'Just a Hot Mess In There?' [Video]

Soledad O’Brien Asks Romney Aide if It’s ‘Just a Hot Mess In There?’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 3:10PM

CNN host Soledad O’Brien asked Romney adviser Bay Buchanan on Tuesday if the campaign is just a hot mess!

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Campaign Releases Ad Targeting Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks

Obama Campaign Releases Ad Targeting Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 2:15PM

The Obama/Biden just released an ad on YouTube that responds to Romney’s comments.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

More Asian Models at N.Y. Fashion Week, But the Industry Is Not Post Racial

More Asian Models at N.Y. Fashion Week, But the Industry Is Not Post Racial

by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 12:45PM

The rise of Asian models at New York Fashion Week may not be as beautiful as it seems.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney: 'If I Was Latino I'd Have a Better Shot at Winning This Thing'

Romney: ‘If I Was Latino I’d Have a Better Shot at Winning This Thing’

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 6:28PM

Mitt Romney said Obama supporters are freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Newsweek Muslim Rage Cover Inspires Parodies

Newsweek Muslim Rage Cover Inspires Parodies

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 4:19PM

Humor—the smart way to handle blatant ignorance.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Former Maricopa County Official Says Arpaio’s Office Covered Up Denial Of Insulin To Diabetic Inmate Who Later Died

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 11:52AM

And as the case unravels in court there are some serious accusations being made against Arpaio’s office.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jay Pharoah Debuts as Barack Obama on Season Premiere of 'SNL'

Jay Pharoah Debuts as Barack Obama on Season Premiere of ‘SNL’

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 11:05AM

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah made his debut as President Barack Obama on the show’s season premiere on Saturday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney Will Pledge to 'Fix' U.S. Immigration System in Los Angeles

Romney Will Pledge to ‘Fix’ U.S. Immigration System in Los Angeles

by Jorge Rivas on September 17 2012, 10:57AM

According to excerpts of the speech released to the media, Romney will court Latinos by reminding them about Obama’s inability to pass immigration reform and calling it a failure on his part.

Topics: /NOW

Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down Gov. Walker’s Collective Bargaining Law

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 6:02PM

Wisconsin Circuit Judge Juan Colas judge has ruled that Governor Scott Kevin Walker collective bargaining reforms violate both the state and U.S. Constitution.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Black Gay Comedian Wanda Sykes: ‘Only Way GOP Could Hate Me More’ Is If I Rolled Around in Pile of Welfare Checks

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 4:18PM

Black, gay and female comedian Wanda Sykes says the only way the GOP could possibly hate her more is if she sent them a video of her “rolling around on a pile of welfare checks.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

SNL Finally Giving Obama Role to Black Cast Member

SNL Finally Giving Obama Role to Black Cast Member

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 3:57PM

Fred Armisen has been the show’s President Obama since 2008, but Jay Pharoah, who is actually black, will take the role.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tracy Reese, Designer of Mrs. Obama's DNC Dress, Shows at Fashion Week

Tracy Reese, Designer of Mrs. Obama’s DNC Dress, Shows at Fashion Week

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 3:10PM

A favorite of Michelle Obama shows at fashion week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Samuel Jackson's New Ad: 'Wake the F--k Up and Vote for Obama'

Samuel Jackson’s New Ad: ‘Wake the F—k Up and Vote for Obama’

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 1:30PM

If the reports are true, the commercial is said to be filled with wonderful, colorful language.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chicago Pastor Takes on Clint Eastwood's Invisible Chair, Racism [Video]

Chicago Pastor Takes on Clint Eastwood’s Invisible Chair, Racism [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 12:49PM

Perhaps taking some inspiration from Clint Eastwood’s Republican National Convention invisible chair stunt Rev. Moss touches on history, the upcoming election, and voter suppression.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

D.C. Launches First Ever Transgender Respect Ad Campaign

D.C. Launches First Ever Transgender Respect Ad Campaign

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 11:35AM

Advocates are calling it the first government-funded campaign focused exclusively on the betterment of transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Obama Talks Race, Calls Himself a 'Mixed Kid From Hawaii'

Obama Talks Race, Calls Himself a ‘Mixed Kid From Hawaii’

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2012, 3:30PM

While the comments may seem ordinary they’re not. The last time the President addressed race was at the height of the Trayvon Martin media coverage in March.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

L.A. Residents Call Cash Thrown By Robbers During Chase 'Stimulus Package'

L.A. Residents Call Cash Thrown By Robbers During Chase ‘Stimulus Package’

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2012, 12:42PM

Footage from news helicopters showed the suspects driving a black Volvo SUV and throwing dollar bills out the window as neighborhood residents ran out to pick up the cash.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Statue Honoring KKK Grand Wizard Planned on Alabama Public Land

Statue Honoring KKK Grand Wizard Planned on Alabama Public Land

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2012, 5:50PM

Renovations on an Alabama monument honoring the Ku Klux Klan’s founder has sparked outrage from critics who are pushing to stop the expansion.

Topics: History, /NOW