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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.

Watch New 'Awkward Black Girl' Episode 'The Visit'

Watch New ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Episode ‘The Visit’

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2012, 10:34AM

The long awaited second episode of “Awkward Black Girl” season two was released Thursday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NBC News: Jesse Jackson Being Treated For Alcoholism in Arizona Facility

NBC News: Jesse Jackson Being Treated For Alcoholism in Arizona Facility

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2012, 11:47AM

Sources who say they are close to the family claim Jackson is battling alcohol.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Mitt Romney On NAACP Booing: If They Want 'More Free Stuff' They Should Vote For Obama

Mitt Romney On NAACP Booing: If They Want ‘More Free Stuff’ They Should Vote For Obama

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2012, 10:58AM

On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported that Mitt Romney responded to being booed at the NAACP by taking a punch at the mostly black audience and saying if they want more free stuff from the government to vote for President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Finally Here: Episode 1 of 'K-Town' -- the Korean 'Jersey Shore'

Finally Here: Episode 1 of ‘K-Town’ — the Korean ‘Jersey Shore’

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 5:53PM

The Korean Jersey Shore is finally here.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney Allegedly Bussed in 200 Supporters to NAACP to Cheer for Him

Romney Allegedly Bussed in 200 Supporters to NAACP to Cheer for Him

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 4:23PM

The people you heard cheering for Mitt Romney at the NAACP meeting Wednesday were not all NAACP members.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

The Faces (and Reactions) in the Audience as Mitt Romney Delivered NAACP Speech

The Faces (and Reactions) in the Audience as Mitt Romney Delivered NAACP Speech

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 2:31PM

The face reactions of the audience at the NAACP meeting as Mitt Romney delivered his speech.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Spike Lee Releases Clip From his Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25'

Spike Lee Releases Clip From his Michael Jackson Documentary ‘Bad 25’

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 1:32PM

Film focuses on the King of Pop’s groundbreaking album “Bad.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Mitt Romney Get Booed at NAACP Over Obamacare Comments

Watch Mitt Romney Get Booed at NAACP Over Obamacare Comments

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 11:29AM

Watch Mitt Romney Get Booed at NAACP Over Obamacare Comments.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Romney's Campaign Acknowledges Attracting Black Voters is a Long Shot

Romney’s Campaign Acknowledges Attracting Black Voters is a Long Shot

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

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will tell black voters Wednesday that backing him over the Democratic incumbent, who won their overwhelming support in 2008, is in the best interest of their families.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son's 'Crisis is Deeper Than We Thought'

Jesse Jackson Sr. Says Son’s ‘Crisis is Deeper Than We Thought’

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 10:59AM

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office says the Democratic Chicago congressman is struggling with “physical and emotional ailments” worse than previously known.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy Leave ALEC

MillerCoors, HP, and Best Buy Leave ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on July 11 2012, 10:33AM

The companies join the roughly 20 companies that have already parted ways with ALEC since ColorOfChange members began demanding an end to corporate-sponsored voter suppression.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Under 48 Hours to Help BlackGirlsCode Teach 300+ Youth of Color to Code

Under 48 Hours to Help BlackGirlsCode Teach 300+ Youth of Color to Code

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 3:31PM

BlackGirlsCode have 37 hours to reach fundraising goal that will help them teach girls computer programming.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Brooklyn Prosecutor Keeps Job Despite Blackface Photos on Facebook

Brooklyn Prosecutor Keeps Job Despite Blackface Photos on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 1:01PM

Marrus, now 25, uploaded the photos to Facebook six years ago when he was an undergraduate student.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Fencing Team's Ibtihaj Muhammad Hoped to Become First U.S. Woman to Compete at Olympics in a Hijab

Fencing Team’s Ibtihaj Muhammad Hoped to Become First U.S. Woman to Compete at Olympics in a Hijab

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 11:56AM

The 25-year-old New Jersey native appeared to be unstoppable at competitions last month and came pretty close to making it to London.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Frank Ocean Performs with The Roots and a Live Orchestra on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Frank Ocean Performs with The Roots and a Live Orchestra on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

by Jorge Rivas on July 10 2012, 3:56AM

Frank Ocean made his national television debut Monday night on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Nicki Minaj Break Down Sexism in the Entertainment Industry

Watch Nicki Minaj Break Down Sexism in the Entertainment Industry

by Jorge Rivas on July 9 2012, 5:28PM

“Donald Trump can say ‘you’re fired,’ but let Martha Stewart run her company the same and be the same way and [people will call her] an evil [expletive],” rapper Nicki Minaj says in the video above.

Topics: /NOW

Secrets Straight from Spiderman's Stuntman: Spiderman is Asian

Secrets Straight from Spiderman’s Stuntman: Spiderman is Asian

by Jorge Rivas on July 9 2012, 2:27PM

Spiderman’s stuntman is Asian.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Beyoncé’s Letter to Frank Ocean: ‘Be fearless. Be honest. Be generous. Be brave’

by Jorge Rivas on July 9 2012, 1:31PM

Beyoncé announced her support for Frank Ocean on July 7th.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Holly Robinson Peete Rips 50 Cent Apart on Autism, Gets Him to Apologize

Holly Robinson Peete Rips 50 Cent Apart on Autism, Gets Him to Apologize

by Jorge Rivas on July 9 2012, 12:02PM

Rapper 50 Cent rarely apologizes for his controversial remarks but this time around not only did he delete controversial tweets, he apologized too.

Topics: Health, /NOW

American Indian Synchronized Swimmer Takes Spot at Olympics

American Indian Synchronized Swimmer Takes Spot at Olympics

by Jorge Rivas on July 9 2012, 10:24AM

Mary Killman and her partner Maria Koroleva are the two athletes who will bear the load of representing the U.S. in the synchronized swimming events at the Olympic Games in London this Summer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW