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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.

Chris Brown Reps Say New Tattoo is Mexican ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ Sugar Skull, Not Rihanna

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2012, 10:40AM

Brown’s representatives have denied allegations that his new neck tattoo of a woman’s face with strange markings on it was an homage to his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Approves 'Small Group' of 72k Deferred Action Applications

Obama Approves ‘Small Group’ of 72k Deferred Action Applications

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2012, 10:09AM

The Obama administration has received an estimated 72,000 Deferred Action applications from young undocumented immigrants seeking to avoid deportation and get a work permit since the program started Aug. 15.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Comedy Central's 'Indecision' Meets Undocubus

Comedy Central’s ‘Indecision’ Meets Undocubus

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2012, 4:33PM

Comedy Central’s ‘Indecision’ caught up with the Undocubus riders who traveled from Arizona to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC to urge the Obama administration to stop criminalizing immigrant communities.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Listen to 1-Minute of Missy Elliott’s New Song ‘9th Inning’

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2012, 1:30PM

Missy Elliott is ready.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Díaz Returns to Short Stories in 'This Is How You Lose Her'

Junot Díaz Returns to Short Stories in ‘This Is How You Lose Her’

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2012, 1:00PM

The Pulitzer winner’s new collection of story tracks a man’s struggles with fidelity, beginning with him cheating on his girlfriend and ending with him cheating on his fiancee with 50 different women.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, /NOW

Univision: 'Everything' Changed for Immigrants After 9/11

Univision: ‘Everything’ Changed for Immigrants After 9/11

by Jorge Rivas on September 11 2012, 10:22AM

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas remembers covering the events of September 11, 2001.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

NYPD Cop 'Accidentally' Shoots and Kills Unarmed 20-Year-Old Latino

NYPD Cop ‘Accidentally’ Shoots and Kills Unarmed 20-Year-Old Latino

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 4:01PM

An innocent and unarmed 20-year-old was shot by the NYPD while fleeing a robbery in the Bronx.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DOJ Finds Violation of Constitutional Rights in Kansas Correctional Facility

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 3:25PM

The investigation was conducted by the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and focused on whether prisoners at the facility were subject to sexual abuse in violation of their constitutional rights.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Todd Akin

Photos: 'Undocumented and Unfraid' UndocuBus Riders Watching Obama's DNC Speech

Photos: ‘Undocumented and Unfraid’ UndocuBus Riders Watching Obama’s DNC Speech

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 3:24PM

On Thursday evening about 20 Undocubus riders who traveled from Arizona to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte met at a local church to watch President Obama deliver his acceptance speech.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Watch Kerry Washington’s Powerful DNC Speech on Threats to Women’s Rights

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 12:38PM

Actress Kerry Washington’s speech at the DNC.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S.

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 12:27PM

Brooklyn rents grew at an average rate of nearly 6.58 percent last year, compared with 0.37 percent in 2010.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Gabby Douglas Takes Stage with Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj at MTV VMAs

Gabby Douglas Takes Stage with Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj at MTV VMAs

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 11:04AM

Alicia Keys made her official comeback at the 2012 MTV VMAs on Thursday night. The singer performed her latest new single “Girl On Fire,” featuring Nicki Minaj and a special appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Arizona's SB1070 'Show Me Your Papers' Provision Likely to Go Into Effect

Arizona’s SB1070 ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Provision Likely to Go Into Effect

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2012, 2:33PM

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton virtually cleared the way for Arizona to start questioning suspected undocumented immigrants they come in contact with.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Ditches Prepared Speech and Takes DNC to Church

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Ditches Prepared Speech and Takes DNC to Church

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2012, 11:38AM

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, ditched his prepared DNC remarks half way through his speech on Wednesday night and urged Obama to “hope on!”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Benita Veliz Becomes First Undocumented Immigrant to Address a Political Convention

Benita Veliz Becomes First Undocumented Immigrant to Address a Political Convention

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2012, 11:05AM

Benita Veliz made history Wednesday night when she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Michelle Obama’s DNC Dress Designed by African-American Designer Tracy Reese

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 3:43PM

First Lady Michelle Obama’s dress at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday was designed by African-American designer Tracy Reese.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rosario Dawson Calls DNC Immigration Demonstrators 'Soldiers of the Battle' [Video]

Rosario Dawson Calls DNC Immigration Demonstrators ‘Soldiers of the Battle’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 3:05PM

On Tuesday, actress Rosario Dawson, who had been at a nearby forum on immigration, walked over and showed her support for Undocubus demonstrators who traveled from Arizona to Charlotte to urge the Obama administration to stop criminalizing immigrant communities.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

CT Court Set to Hear Inmate's Case that Death Penalty is Racist

CT Court Set to Hear Inmate’s Case that Death Penalty is Racist

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 2:12PM

The inmates cite a study that concluded that people of color accused of murdering white victims are three times more likely to receive a death sentence as defendants in white-on-white murder cases.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DREAMer Benita Veliz to Address DNC Wednesday

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 11:50AM

Veliz is scheduled to talk after Attorney General of California Kamala D. Harris and before Spanish language talk show host Cristina Saralegui.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Watch Trailer for Jay-Z, Will and Jada Smith's 'Free Angela' Doc

Watch Trailer for Jay-Z, Will and Jada Smith’s ‘Free Angela’ Doc

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 11:43AM

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation have officially come on-board as executive producers of Shola Lynch’s Angela Davis documentary, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW