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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.

Jan Brewer Says Obama is Race-Baiting Latinos

Jan Brewer Says Obama is Race-Baiting Latinos

by Jorge Rivas on August 28 2012, 11:42AM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tells Politico.com President Barack Obama is race-baiting and pandering for the Latino vote.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Herman Cain's RNC 'ABC's' -- American Black Conservatives

Herman Cain’s RNC ‘ABC’s’ — American Black Conservatives

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

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Anti-Obama Documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Breaks Box Office Records, #1 Conservative Doc Ever

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Utah's Athletic Director Goes on YouTube to Ask if Native Logo is Offensive

Utah’s Athletic Director Goes on YouTube to Ask if Native Logo is Offensive

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gov. Bobby Jindal Calls for Coastal Parishes to Voluntarily Evacuate

Gov. Bobby Jindal Calls for Coastal Parishes to Voluntarily Evacuate

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.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

RNC Cancels First Day As Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency

RNC Cancels First Day As Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency

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.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Hurricane Could Hit New Orleans on 7th Anniversary of Katrina

Hurricane Could Hit New Orleans on 7th Anniversary of Katrina

by Jorge Rivas on August 27 2012, 11:23AM

Isaac remains on track to hit New Orleans area as Category 1 hurricane.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

First Look: Oprah's Balance Beam Routine with Gabby Douglas!

First Look: Oprah’s Balance Beam Routine with Gabby Douglas!

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled

Black Hills Sacred Site Auction Cancelled

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.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

George Zimmerman Judge Lets Trayvon Martin Murder Suspect Travel to Meet Lawyers

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.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

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.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Jennifer Lopez to Produce Show on Non-Traditional Families

Jennifer Lopez to Produce Show on Non-Traditional Families

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Report: Deportation Program Costs L.A. County More Than $26 Million

Report: Deportation Program Costs L.A. County More Than $26 Million

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.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Eduardo Nájera Becomes First Mexican-Born Head Coach Under NBA umbrella

Eduardo Nájera Becomes First Mexican-Born Head Coach Under NBA umbrella

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Study Finds Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Among Fifth-Graders Across Country

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 2:15PM

Black children and Latino children fared worse than white children in almost every category.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Oprah: 'It Always Turns to Race. I Got All of the, 'N-word, Go Back to Africa''

Oprah: ‘It Always Turns to Race. I Got All of the, ‘N-word, Go Back to Africa”

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2012, 2:13PM

Oprah tells the Hollywood Reporter her critics always turn to race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE Agents--With Anti-Immigrant Group's Help--Sue DHS

ICE Agents—With Anti-Immigrant Group’s Help—Sue DHS

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.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Planned Parenthood President, Eva Longoria, Lilly Ledbetter to Speak at DNC

Planned Parenthood President, Eva Longoria, Lilly Ledbetter to Speak at DNC

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.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Leads Romney Among Black Voters 94-0% (Yeah, as in Zero Percent)

Obama Leads Romney Among Black Voters 94-0% (Yeah, as in Zero Percent)

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

Wondering how Mitt Romney is doing with black voters? Not good.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Funny or Die Brings You Jan Brewer's 'Self-Deportation Station'

Funny or Die Brings You Jan Brewer’s ‘Self-Deportation Station’

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.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW