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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.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Driver's Licenses for DREAMers? California Says It's Not Out of the Question

Driver’s Licenses for DREAMers? California Says It’s Not Out of the Question

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2012, 11:59AM

Will Deferred Action applicants between 16-and-30-years old who are granted “temporary legal residents” status be eligible for driver’s license?

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Immigrants Make Up Same Share of U.S. Population Today as They Did a Century Ago [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on August 21 2012, 3:29PM

Immigrants make up roughly the same share of the U.S. population today as they did a century ago.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Wyclef Jean to Headline Vets' Fundraiser at Republican Convention

Wyclef Jean to Headline Vets’ Fundraiser at Republican Convention

by Jorge Rivas on August 21 2012, 12:15PM

Wyclef Jean will not be gone till November because he’ll be performing at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on August 29th.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pew Report: Record Numbers of Latinos in US Colleges, Public Schools

Pew Report: Record Numbers of Latinos in US Colleges, Public Schools

by Jorge Rivas on August 21 2012, 11:59AM

Latinos are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Federal Court Blocks School Reporting Provisions in Alabama’s HB 56 Immigration Law

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 6:02PM

On Monday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued a ruling on Alabama’s immigration law, commonly referred to as HB56.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

64 Percent of New Yorkers Surveyed Say NYPD Favors Whites

64 Percent of New Yorkers Surveyed Say NYPD Favors Whites

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 4:24PM

A significant majority of New Yorkers surveyed in a New York Times poll say the Police Department favors whites over blacks.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Read a Young Willow Smith’s Heartfelt Letter to Tupac Asking Him to ‘Please Come Back’

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 1:54PM

“Can you please come back, can you come back so momy [sic] and me can be happy,” wrote the 11-year-old star in the letter she says she wrote “YEARS” ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ohio GOP Election Official: Early Voting Should Not Accommodate Blacks

Ohio GOP Election Official: Early Voting Should Not Accommodate Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 12:29PM

An Ohio GOP election official who voted against the weekend voting rules that enabled thousands to cast ballots in the 2008 election said Sunday that he did not think that the state’s early voting procedures should accommodate African-Americans.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Former Black Panther Richard Aoki Named an FBI Informant

Former Black Panther Richard Aoki Named an FBI Informant

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 11:35AM

The man who armed the Black Panthers turns out to have been an FBI informant.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Whitney Houston's Last Film 'Sparkle' Flops at Box Office

Whitney Houston’s Last Film ‘Sparkle’ Flops at Box Office

by Jorge Rivas on August 20 2012, 10:47AM

The allure of Whitney Houston’s final performance didn’t drive many crowds to “Sparkle.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

PopChips Didn't Learn From Indian Ad Saga --They're On Mexicans Now

PopChips Didn’t Learn From Indian Ad Saga —They’re On Mexicans Now

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2012, 11:20AM

Remember the fiasco earlier this year after PopChips ran commercials with Ashton Kutcher in brownface impersonating Indians?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Two Young Black Poets From Philly on Hipster Racism [Video]

Two Young Black Poets From Philly on Hipster Racism [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2012, 9:43AM

Brave New Voices poets take hipster liberal colorblind racist “anti-racists” to task.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Univision and NAACP Slam Debate Commission's All White Moderators

Univision and NAACP Slam Debate Commission’s All White Moderators

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2012, 9:32AM

Univision president and CEO Randy Falco on Wednesday sent a letter to Janet H. Brown, the Commission on Presidential Debates’ executive director, expressing “disappointment on behalf of the millions of Hispanics who do not have a voice in the upcoming presidential debates.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Advocates Launch Fund to Help DREAMers Pay $465 'Deferred Action' Fee

Advocates Launch Fund to Help DREAMers Pay $465 ‘Deferred Action’ Fee

by Jorge Rivas on August 15 2012, 10:57AM

This represents the first step for more than a million DREAMers to pursue higher education, meaningful employment, and a chance to contribute to this country’s future.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Michelle Obama Jokingly Scolds Gabby Douglas for Egg McMuffin

Michelle Obama Jokingly Scolds Gabby Douglas for Egg McMuffin

by Jorge Rivas on August 14 2012, 8:40AM

First Lady Michelle Obama, an advocate of healthy eating, and Gabby Douglas were guests on “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Monday night. When Douglas was asked how she celebrated her three gold Olympic medals, she said she splurged on…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Gabby Douglas Gets a Mural in Her Hometown and She's Going to be on 'Oprah'

Gabby Douglas Gets a Mural in Her Hometown and She’s Going to be on ‘Oprah’

by Jorge Rivas on August 13 2012, 2:32PM

Gabby Douglas will return to her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va to find a new 9-by-30 foot mural made in her honor.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Former Undocumented Immigrant Leo Manzano Wins Silver Medal for U.S.

Former Undocumented Immigrant Leo Manzano Wins Silver Medal for U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2012, 9:41AM

Mexican-born, American runner Leo Manzano is the first American to medal in the 1,500-meter final since Jim Ryun won silver in 1968.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Los Fixie Riders: L.A. Latino Teens on Why They Prefer Fixed Gear Bikes Play

Los Fixie Riders: L.A. Latino Teens on Why They Prefer Fixed Gear Bikes

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2012, 9:09AM

Taking a cue from velodrome Olympians and city bike messengers, Latino teens are tricking on bikes without gears.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Olympics, Summer

Oprah Responds to Critics Who Say She Played Up Stereotypes in India Show

Oprah Responds to Critics Who Say She Played Up Stereotypes in India Show

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2012, 1:49PM

Critics say the show was myopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lupe Fiasco Breaks Down Watching 2006 MTV Interview Near Home

Lupe Fiasco Breaks Down Watching 2006 MTV Interview Near Home

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2012, 12:24PM

“Some of the kids aren’t going to make it out of there,” Lupe Fiasco says, getting emotional after seeing a 2006 MTV News interview from his childhood block.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW