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 August 28 2012, 11:27AM
Despite not being part of the formal convention program, former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is making the rounds and making himself available for interviews at the Republican National Convention
by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 4:04PM
The anti-Obama documentary is now the #1 all-time biggest-grossing conservative political documentary and comes in as number 8 on the list of highest grossing political documentaries of all time.
by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 2:21PM
The University of Utah’s team is named after the Ute Indian Tribe and the athletic director wants your feedback on headdresses and tomahawks at games.
by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 1:10PM
The announcement came as tropical Storm Isaac continues west-northwestward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico and poses a significant storm surge threat to the northern Gulf coast.
by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 11:50AM
The Republican National Convention is scheduled to convene on Monday but won’t hold its first session until Tuesday as Tropical Storm Isaac has caused disruptions due to its proximity to the city.
by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 11:23AM
Isaac remains on track to hit New Orleans area as Category 1 hurricane.
by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 3:45PM
Oprah Winfrey recently took a trip to Des Moines, Iowa to interview Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas for her show “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that will air this Sunday.
by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 1:53PM
Pe’ Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City, South Dakota, United States) that is considered by the Lakota Sioux people to be the Center and heart of everything that is.
by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 1:24PM
On Friday morning Lester granted Zimmerman permission to leave the county and travel to Orange County, California to meet with lawyers.
by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 12:21PM
Actress Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation) has taken the bill’s message and filmed a PSA in support of the passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 10:59AM
ABC Family said Thursday they’ve ordered a comedy-drama pilot, titled “The Fosters,” about two women raising a “21st century,” multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids.
by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 4:44PM
LA County is spending $26 million a year to hold undocumented immigrants under the Secure Communities program.
by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 4:15PM
The Texas Legends have named Eduardo Najera the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella, pending NBA approval.
by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 2:15PM
Black children and Latino children fared worse than white children in almost every category.
by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 2:13PM
Oprah tells the Hollywood Reporter her critics always turn to race.
by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 1:03PM
The lawsuit challenges the Obama administration’s deferred action program and argues it prevents ICE officers from “fulfilling their sworn oath to uphold the law and defend the U.S. Constitution.”
by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2012, 2:05PM
The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled a list of prominent women Wednesday that are scheduled to speak at the party’s upcoming convention, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Lilly Ledbetter and actress Eva Longoria.
by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2012, 1:22PM
Wondering how Mitt Romney is doing with black voters? Not good.
by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2012, 1:05PM
Actress Mary Steenburgen does such a good job at impersonating Jan Brewer that you won’t know whether to laugh or cry after watching this video.