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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by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 3:56PM
FX networks renews the Chris Rock produced “Totally Biased” with Kamau Bell.
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!
by Jorge Rivas on September 18 2012, 2:15PM
The Obama/Biden just released an ad on YouTube that responds to Romney’s comments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2012, 3:10PM
A favorite of Michelle Obama shows at fashion week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.