Colorlines

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.

Photo: President Obama, Sasha And Malia Watch Michelle's DNC Speech

Photo: President Obama, Sasha And Malia Watch Michelle’s DNC Speech

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 11:17AM

President Obama says that “when Michelle starts talking, I start getting all misty.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

America's Next Top Model 2027: Julián Castro's Daughter Carina Victoria

America’s Next Top Model 2027: Julián Castro’s Daughter Carina Victoria

by Jorge Rivas on September 5 2012, 10:32AM

Watch 3-year-old Carina Victoria Castro steal her dad’s spotlight.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nicki Minaj Raps: 'I'm a Republican Voting for Mitt Romney' on Mix Tape

Nicki Minaj Raps: ‘I’m a Republican Voting for Mitt Romney’ on Mix Tape

by Jorge Rivas on September 4 2012, 11:00AM

Is Nicki Minaj endorsing for Mitt Romney?

Topics: /NOW, Politics

RNC Custodial Crew Paid Below Minimum Wage

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 4:30PM

The janitors working around the clock at the Republican National Convention ended up going home making less than Florida’s hourly minimum wage.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Federal Judge Restores Early Voting on Weekends in Ohio

Federal Judge Restores Early Voting on Weekends in Ohio

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 4:11PM

A federal judge in Ohio on Friday restored early voting rights in the three days before the election, ruling in favor of the Obama campaign.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Paul Ryan's Black College Girlfriend Wants Nothing To Do With Campaign

Paul Ryan’s Black College Girlfriend Wants Nothing To Do With Campaign

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 2:30PM

She says she wants nothing to with Mitt and Paul’s campaign.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Did One Of Romney's Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

Did One Of Romney’s Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 1:22PM

The video featured the Romney family inside their home several times but in one of the scenes a women who appears to be working for the family in the background was simply ignored.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

'OSU Haters' Tumblr Puts Ohio State's Racist Tweets on Blast

‘OSU Haters’ Tumblr Puts Ohio State’s Racist Tweets on Blast

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 12:08PM

The three-month old Tumblr takes hateful and/or racially insensitive tweets posted by Ohio State students and lays them out for the world to see.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

'I'd Love To Meet Shakira and Thalia' said Craig Romney, as He Licked His Lips

‘I’d Love To Meet Shakira and Thalia’ said Craig Romney, as He Licked His Lips

by Jorge Rivas on August 30 2012, 3:52PM

Just take a look at the headline. Then the video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black CNN Camerawoman Says She's 'Not Surprised' By Peanut-Throwing at RNC

Black CNN Camerawoman Says She’s ‘Not Surprised’ By Peanut-Throwing at RNC

by Jorge Rivas on August 30 2012, 12:30PM

Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts at the Republican National Convention says she’s not surprised.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Herman Cain: Romney's Black Supporters Too Busy Working to Take Polls

Herman Cain: Romney’s Black Supporters Too Busy Working to Take Polls

by Jorge Rivas on August 30 2012, 11:19AM

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said he expects more blacks to vote for Mitt Romney than polls indicate because many “working” blacks likely were not polled.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Humanae: A Portrait Series That Classifies Human Skin Tones as Pantone Colors

Humanae: A Portrait Series That Classifies Human Skin Tones as Pantone Colors

by Jorge Rivas on August 30 2012, 10:46AM

Angelica Dass’ project “Humanae” uses people’s skin color to complete a human Pantone chart.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Zimmerman Granted New Judge in Trayvon Martin Case

George Zimmerman Granted New Judge in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2012, 5:03PM

The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach today ruled that George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, should get a new judge.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Federal Court Removes New Restrictions on Voter Registration Groups

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2012, 2:09PM

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Florida issued an order to permanently remove a new restriction that would have made it harder for voter registration groups to register new voters.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Meet the Black Army Vet Who's Going the Distance At the Paralympics

Meet the Black Army Vet Who’s Going the Distance At the Paralympics

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2012, 1:41PM

Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck, who was paralyzed during a parachute jump with the 82 Airborne in November 2003, will compete in the javelin at the London Paralympics

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

See the Smiles and Smirks of Mitt Romney's Latino Supporters at RNC

See the Smiles and Smirks of Mitt Romney’s Latino Supporters at RNC

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2012, 11:15AM

The smiling (and not so smiley) faces of Latinos at the RNC.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

RNC Attendee Throws Food at Black Woman, 'This is How We Feed Animals!'

RNC Attendee Throws Food at Black Woman, ‘This is How We Feed Animals!’

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2012, 9:00AM

An RNC attendee allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Undocumented Immigrants in New Orleans Fear Isaac and Deportation

by Jorge Rivas on August 28 2012, 2:57PM

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans saw a surge of new undocumented immigrants in the city that were drawn by the high paying construction jobs.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Baratunde Thurston's Official RNC 'Negro Count': 67 [Video]

Baratunde Thurston’s Official RNC ‘Negro Count’: 67 [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on August 28 2012, 12:53PM

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to visit the Tampa Bay area during the Republican National Convention and comedian and author Baratunde Thurston is out there taking his own count of how many black people are at the RNC.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Voter Intimidation Fears Grow With ‘Poll Watcher’ Network

by Jorge Rivas on August 28 2012, 12:45PM

Brentin Mock was a guest on Democracy Now on August 28th, 2012.

Topics: Colorlines Press, /NOW