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 April 26 2013, 11:51AM
“We got out of this thing pretty cheaply all things considered,” said Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.
by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 5:38PM
The statement was published a Facebook page they started to help find their son.
by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 3:14PM
The environmental organization now supports immigration reform.
by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2013, 7:03PM
Experts say rest assured, “DACA is alive and well.”
by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2013, 5:10PM
Latinos make up less than 2% of the Academy.
by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2013, 1:13PM
Under current law, if you don’t have a Social Security number, you can’t get a license to drive in California. But proposed legislation would change that.
by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2013, 10:55AM
Hospitals trying to curb costs have chartered flights to send sick, uninsured, undocumented immigrants back to their home countries.
by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 4:19PM
Comedian Hasan Minhaj takes on CNN reporting misinformation.
by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 3:06PM
This is a call to action from mothers who have lost children to police violence.
by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 12:47PM
On Tuesday afternoon dozens of activists gathered in front of the New York Times building urging the newspaper to stop using the word “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants.
by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 12:29PM
President Obama will deliver the keynote address at Planned Parenthood’s annual gala on Thursday.
by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 11:48AM
“We hope that Boston will also be where reddit learns to be sensitive of its own power,” a reedit general manager said.
by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2013, 4:03PM
The anti-gay obsession in the landlocked southern African nation of Zambia is worsening its HIV epidemic.
by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2013, 11:23AM
The internet is handling this one.
by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2013, 4:17PM
With the Tribeca Film Festival under way in New York, HBO has snapped up U.S. broadcast and home video rights to one of the selected docs.
by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2013, 1:30PM
CNN reported a “dark-skinned” suspect had been arrested. But it turned out to be a complete lie.
by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2013, 1:11PM
There is a double standard: White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves but non-white terrorists can stigmatize an entire group of people.