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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.

Obama: If Daughters Get Tattoos, We Will Too

Obama: If Daughters Get Tattoos, We Will Too

by Jorge Rivas on April 26 2013, 12:50PM

President Obama says he and the first lady have a strategy to discourage their daughters from ever getting tattoos.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Two Women Shot At By LAPD During Dorner Manhunt Settle for $4.2 Million

Two Women Shot At By LAPD During Dorner Manhunt Settle for $4.2 Million

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Family Of Missing Brown Student Misidentified as Boston Bomber Issues Statement

Family Of Missing Brown Student Misidentified as Boston Bomber Issues Statement

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 5:38PM

The statement was published a Facebook page they started to help find their son.

Topics: History, /NOW

Sierra Club Officially Endorses Immigration Reform

Sierra Club Officially Endorses Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 3:14PM

The environmental organization now supports immigration reform.

Topics: Environment, Immigration, /NOW

PHOTO: First Ladies At Bush Library

PHOTO: First Ladies At Bush Library

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2013, 12:29PM

A powerful image.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Will the Courts Block Deferred Action? Keep Calm and Apply For DACA

Will the Courts Block Deferred Action? Keep Calm and Apply For DACA

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2013, 7:03PM

Experts say rest assured, “DACA is alive and well.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Oscars Academy Just Might Be Getting More Latino Members

Oscars Academy Just Might Be Getting More Latino Members

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2013, 5:10PM

Latinos make up less than 2% of the Academy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Calif. Bill That Allows Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Moves Forward

Calif. Bill That Allows Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Moves Forward

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.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Hospitals Caught 'Deporting' Sick, Undocumented Immigrants [Video]

Hospitals Caught ‘Deporting’ Sick, Undocumented Immigrants [Video]

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.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Comedian Hasan Minhaj Takes On CNN's Boston Manhunt Coverage

Comedian Hasan Minhaj Takes On CNN’s Boston Manhunt Coverage

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 4:19PM

Comedian Hasan Minhaj takes on CNN reporting misinformation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mothers of Young Men Killed by NYPD Call on Musicians to Write Songs for Justice

Mothers of Young Men Killed by NYPD Call on Musicians to Write Songs for Justice

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 3:06PM

This is a call to action from mothers who have lost children to police violence.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Cesar Chavez's Son and 70K Others Urge The Times to Drop the I-Word

Cesar Chavez’s Son and 70K Others Urge The Times to Drop the I-Word

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.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Obama to Deliver Keynote at Planned Parenthood Annual Gala

Obama to Deliver Keynote at Planned Parenthood Annual Gala

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2013, 12:29PM

President Obama will deliver the keynote address at Planned Parenthood’s annual gala on Thursday.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Reddit: Sorry for Shoving Missing Student Into Boston 'Witch Hunt'

Reddit: Sorry for Shoving Missing Student Into Boston ‘Witch Hunt’

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Anti-Gay Climate in Zambia Worsening Its HIV Epidemic

Anti-Gay Climate in Zambia Worsening Its HIV Epidemic

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.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Oscar Grant Film Heading to Cannes Film Festival

Oscar Grant Film Heading to Cannes Film Festival

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2013, 2:05PM

It’s been a busy month for a the film based on Oscar Grant’s final days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

CNN's John King Fails to Explain His 'Dark Skinned' Comment on Twitter

CNN’s John King Fails to Explain His ‘Dark Skinned’ Comment on Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2013, 11:23AM

The internet is handling this one.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

HBO Picks Up Whoopi Goldberg's Documentary on Comedian Jackie 'Moms' Mabley

HBO Picks Up Whoopi Goldberg’s Documentary on Comedian Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Here's Video of CNN Spreading Rumors About A 'Dark Skinned' Boston Suspect

Here’s Video of CNN Spreading Rumors About A ‘Dark Skinned’ Boston Suspect

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.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Tim Wise on Understanding the Power of Whiteness, Terrorism and Privilege

Tim Wise on Understanding the Power of Whiteness, Terrorism and Privilege

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.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW