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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.

Lupe Ontiveros-- 'Selena' & 'El Norte'--Actress Passes Away at 69

Lupe Ontiveros— ‘Selena’ & ‘El Norte’—Actress Passes Away at 69

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2012, 10:17AM

Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros passed away early Friday morning. She was 69.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

General Motors and Walgreens Leave ALEC, 30 Firms Have Left

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 2:23PM

Walgreens and General Motors are the 29th and 30th corporations to announce that they have dropped ALEC.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

More than 100 House Democrats Introduce Bill to Increase the Minimum Wage

More than 100 House Democrats Introduce Bill to Increase the Minimum Wage

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 2:10PM

This would be the first increase in the minimum wage since 2009 and the first increase in the minimum wage for tipped-workers in 21 years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa's Flag In Olympic Ceremony

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa’s Flag In Olympic Ceremony

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 12:45PM

Caster Semenya will carry South Africa’s flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Sundance Winner ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Gets Release Date and Trailer

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2012, 4:47PM

The film chronicles a woman’s struggle to adapt to life after her husband’s incarceration.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Four Undocumented Arizonans Arrested for Coming Out at Arpaio's Trial

Four Undocumented Arizonans Arrested for Coming Out at Arpaio’s Trial

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2012, 12:18PM

On Tuesday, four undocumented Arizona residents came out as ‘undocumented and unafraid’ in front of the Arizona court where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being tried in a discrimination lawsuit accusing him of racially profiling Latinos.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Anaheim Police and Protesters Continue to Clash

Anaheim Police and Protesters Continue to Clash

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2012, 10:41AM

A fourth day of protests since Anaheim Police officers shot two Latino men to death over the weekend resulted in 20 arrests on Tuesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Danny Glover Speaks of Personal Loss at Int'l AIDS Conference

Danny Glover Speaks of Personal Loss at Int’l AIDS Conference

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2012, 10:00AM

“This is something that we all should get involved in,” Glover said at the International AIDS Conference, whose own brother has been HIV positive for more than 20 years.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Georgia State Supreme Court Grants Stay in Warren Hill Case

Georgia State Supreme Court Grants Stay in Warren Hill Case

by Jorge Rivas on July 24 2012, 1:56PM

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of a man with an intellectual disability, but not for the reason his case attracted national attention.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Anaheim Mayor Requests State, Federal Help in Police Shootings

Anaheim Mayor Requests State, Federal Help in Police Shootings

by Jorge Rivas on July 24 2012, 12:10PM

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has called on state and federal agencies to assist the city with the review of two officer-involved shootings that left two Latino men dead and the incidents that transpired after where officers openly fired rubber bullets in to a crowd that included children.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Banksy Interrupts the Olympics

Banksy Interrupts the Olympics

by Jorge Rivas on July 24 2012, 11:44AM

On Monday, the street artist Banksy added to two new pieces to the walls of London. Just days before the opening ceremony at the Olympics.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Presente.org Wants a State Investigation of Anaheim Police

Presente.org Wants a State Investigation of Anaheim Police

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2012, 4:59PM

The petition comes just days after Anaheim police officers shot rubber bullets and unleashed a police dog on a group of demonstrators protesting the department’s police brutality record.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Georgia Set to Execute First Inmate Since Troy Davis, and He's Disabled

Georgia Set to Execute First Inmate Since Troy Davis, and He’s Disabled

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2012, 2:25PM

The case is making international headlines because Hill has an undisputed intellectual disability.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2012, 11:58AM

According to a new report, young Latinos in the U.S. spent $17.6 billion on mobile devices and more than $500 million on mobile apps in 2012.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Anaheim Residents Continue Protests After Cops Open Fire at Women, Kids [Video]

Anaheim Residents Continue Protests After Cops Open Fire at Women, Kids [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2012, 10:01AM

Demonstrators who were protesting police brutality became victims of police brutality themselves. Victims include women and children.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman Posts Bilingual Message Online

George Zimmerman Posts Bilingual Message Online

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2012, 3:49PM

“Hola, les habla Jorge Zimmerman,” says the man who up until now has been going by George Zimmerman in the two minute video posted to YouTube Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Beyoncé Gives Snuggie 'Countdown' Video a 'Brilliant' Blessing

Beyoncé Gives Snuggie ‘Countdown’ Video a ‘Brilliant’ Blessing

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2012, 11:34AM

We posted the “Countdown” video created by a young Beyoncé fan on Wednesday and it’s been shared over 2,000 times on our site alone. So here’s an update: Queen Bey herself has seen the video and declared it brilliant. “I…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Becomes Highest Paid Asian-American in NBA History

Jeremy Lin Becomes Highest Paid Asian-American in NBA History

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2012, 2:00PM

Jeremy Lin has signed a three-year $25.1 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, becoming the’s highest paid Asian American in NBA history.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Barbara Walters Flew to Zimmerman but Declined to Interview Him Due to His Demands

Barbara Walters Flew to Zimmerman but Declined to Interview Him Due to His Demands

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2012, 1:34PM

Barbara Walters revealed on Thursday that she had rejected demands made by Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman in exchange for an interview.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sofia Vergara May Be Highest Paid Actress But Few Latinos Roles on TV

Sofia Vergara May Be Highest Paid Actress But Few Latinos Roles on TV

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2012, 1:09PM

“Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara is the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on Wednesday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW