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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.

Trayvon Martin's Dad: 'I Don't Understand What God' Zimmerman Worships

Trayvon Martin’s Dad: ‘I Don’t Understand What God’ Zimmerman Worships

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2012, 11:13AM

Tracy Martin, the teen’s father said. “I really don’t understand what God he worships because it’s not the same God that I worship.”

Topics: /NOW

Jasiri X Flips Biggie's '10 Crack Commandments' to the '10 Frisk Commandments'

Jasiri X Flips Biggie’s ‘10 Crack Commandments’ to the ‘10 Frisk Commandments’

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 4:12PM

The creator of “This Week in Blackness” Elon James White and rapper Jasiri X have teamed up to flip Biggie Smalls’ “10 Crack Commandments” to the “10 Frisk Commandments.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman to Make First Media Interview on Hannity Show Tonight

George Zimmerman to Make First Media Interview on Hannity Show Tonight

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 3:01PM

George Zimmerman will appear on The Sean Hannity Show tonight for a full hour in his first media interview on the killing of Trayvon Martin, TVNewser reports.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Romney Ad Pushes Mexican Roots with Grandpa on Horseback Wearing Cowboy Hat

New Romney Ad Pushes Mexican Roots with Grandpa on Horseback Wearing Cowboy Hat

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 2:37PM

Earlier this year Mitt Romney told Univision it would be disingenuous for him to claim he was Mexican.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Judge Terminates Detained Mom's Rights, Allows Missouri Couple to Adopt

Judge Terminates Detained Mom’s Rights, Allows Missouri Couple to Adopt

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 1:18PM

On Wednesday a Missouri juvenile court judge terminated a Guatemalan woman’s rights to her 5-year-son because they believe she abandoned her child when she was imprisoned after a 2007 immigration sting at a poultry processing plant.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Map Shows NYPD Finds More Guns Away From 'Stop-and-Frisk'

Map Shows NYPD Finds More Guns Away From ‘Stop-and-Frisk’

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 12:45PM

Out of more than 685,000 stops in 2011, about 770 guns were recovered. And those guns are not showing up in the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Young Asian Fan Recreates Beyoncé's 'Countdown' Shot for Shot

Young Asian Fan Recreates Beyoncé’s ‘Countdown’ Shot for Shot

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2012, 11:19AM

And it’s perfect!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Michelle Obama: 'We Cannot Continue to Let Families be Broken Apart'

Michelle Obama: ‘We Cannot Continue to Let Families be Broken Apart’

by Jorge Rivas on July 17 2012, 2:54PM

First lady Michelle Obama discussed a wide range of issues on Univision’s “Al Punto” this past weekend. The large part of the discussion centered around Latinos and immigration reform.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Florida Black Male Tasered by Police for Allegedly Jaywalking [Video]

Florida Black Male Tasered by Police for Allegedly Jaywalking [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on July 17 2012, 11:55AM

Florida police allegedly tasered a man three times after he was caught jaywalking.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Lt. Gov.: 'Black Women Who Look Like Me' Don't Do That Lesbian Thing

Lt. Gov.: ‘Black Women Who Look Like Me’ Don’t Do That Lesbian Thing

by Jorge Rivas on July 17 2012, 11:31AM

Speaking at a campaign office opening for Mitt Romney in Orange Park, Florida, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll spoke out about the sex scandal she’s in the middle of.

Topics: /NOW

Zimmerman’s Lawyer Outs Witness #9

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 5:03PM

The witness was identified as “Witness 9” and remained anonymous until Monday afternoon when Zimmerman’s lawyers outed her.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

FDA Approves Truvada, First Pill to Help Prevent HIV

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 3:24PM

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

Topics: Health, /NOW

The Queen of Soul is Openly Lobbying to Replace J-Lo on 'American Idol'

The Queen of Soul is Openly Lobbying to Replace J-Lo on ‘American Idol’

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 2:34PM

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have left their judging gigs on “American Idol” and now the Queen of Soul says she wants to reign in.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Zimmerman Accused of Molesting Family Member in Court Testimony

Zimmerman Accused of Molesting Family Member in Court Testimony

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 1:25PM

According to witness testimony made available Monday George Zimmerman molested a family member.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sheriff  Arpaio Tells George Lopez to Call Him a 'Fat Motherf**ker' to His Face

Sheriff Arpaio Tells George Lopez to Call Him a ‘Fat Motherf**ker’ to His Face

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 11:15AM

What Joe Arpaio is demanding after George Lopez goes off on the Sheriff.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Rapper Murs Kisses Another Man to Call Out Homophobia in Hip Hop

Rapper Murs Kisses Another Man to Call Out Homophobia in Hip Hop

by Jorge Rivas on July 16 2012, 11:14AM

California rapper Murs wearing a “Legalize Gay” shirt and kisses another man in new video.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

House Bill Would Keep Kids of Deported Parents With Families

House Bill Would Keep Kids of Deported Parents With Families

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 5:08PM

The “Help Separated Families Act of 2012” intends to keep children of detained or deported parents united with their families.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Colorlines.com Readers Caption Pictures of Romney Getting Shade at NAACP Meeting

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 3:59PM

Winning comments from you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Orlando Sentinel: Newly Released Evidence Appears to Favor Zimmerman

Orlando Sentinel: Newly Released Evidence Appears to Favor Zimmerman

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 1:52PM

Several documents released on Thursday include interviews transcript that also argue Zimmerman is neither racist or prejudice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Spam the Homophobic Frank Ocean Haters With Love

Spam the Homophobic Frank Ocean Haters With Love

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 11:13AM

Visitors to Hatetweetstofrankocean.com scroll through a gallery of hateful tweets and when compelled fight hate with love.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW