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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.

90 College Presidents Cite Patents in Call for Immigration Reform

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 5:07PM

Foreign graduate students are big contributors to inventions that create jobs, the presidents say. They urge changes so more can stay here after graduating.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Janet Mock and Isis King Discuss Media's Portrayal of Transgender Women

Janet Mock and Isis King Discuss Media’s Portrayal of Transgender Women

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 3:50PM

America’s Next Top Model’s first transgender contestant, Isis King, sits down with People.com staff editor and transgender advocate, Janet Mock, for a conversation about representations of transgender people in media.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

George Zimmerman Released from Jail on $1 Million Bail

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 2:57PM

George Zimmerman walked out of jail once again Friday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Raises 20K in a Day After Judge Says He Was Ready to Jump Bail

Zimmerman Raises 20K in a Day After Judge Says He Was Ready to Jump Bail

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 2:10PM

Since a Florida judge issued a $1,000,000 bond was made public on July 5, supporters have donated approximately $20,000.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Film: Black Olympians Dominate Because They're Descendants of Slaves

Film: Black Olympians Dominate Because They’re Descendants of Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 11:58AM

African-American social scientists have argued that the ‘superior black athletic gene’ theory is offensive because it encourages ‘black brawn vs. white brains’ stereotyping.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jeremy Lin's on His Way to Being Highest Paid Asian-American in NBA History

Jeremy Lin’s on His Way to Being Highest Paid Asian-American in NBA History

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 10:57AM

Linsanity is worth approximately $30 million dollars.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Brief Guide to This Summer's Unexpected U.S. Olympians of Color

A Brief Guide to This Summer’s Unexpected U.S. Olympians of Color

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 9:51AM

A list of eight athletes of color who will be competing for the U.S. in Olympic sports categories that historically have not been very diverse.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Olympics

Justice Kennedy Never Used the Term ‘Illegal Immigrants’ in SB1070 Ruling

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

Supreme Court’s 1070 ruling Drops the I-Word.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Border Patrol Detains 96-Year-Old Former Arizona Gov. in 100-degree Heat

Border Patrol Detains 96-Year-Old Former Arizona Gov. in 100-degree Heat

by Jorge Rivas on July 5 2012, 4:16PM

Former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro was traveling from his home in Nogales, Ariz., to celebrate his 96th birthday in Tucson when his vehicle triggered a radiation sensor at a Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Tubac.

Topics: /NOW

Biracial Athlete Hoped to be First Out American Gymnast at Olympics

Biracial Athlete Hoped to be First Out American Gymnast at Olympics

by Jorge Rivas on July 5 2012, 1:59PM

The United States has never had a publicly out male gymnast participate in the Olympics. Josh Dixon hoped to be the first.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Frank Ocean's Mom Calls Son 'Incredible Human Being' After Coming Out

Frank Ocean’s Mom Calls Son ‘Incredible Human Being’ After Coming Out

by Jorge Rivas on July 5 2012, 11:35AM

Frank Ocean’s Def Jam debut, “Channel Orange,” won’t be released for another two weeks but the album is already making headlines everywhere.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

The Civil Rights Act Celebrates 48th Anniversary

The Civil Rights Act Celebrates 48th Anniversary

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 5:13PM

Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, the landmark Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination and segregation regardless of race or color.

Topics: History, /NOW

Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez? Play 'Pick Out The Immigrant' Game Online

Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez? Play ‘Pick Out The Immigrant’ Game Online

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 4:34PM

You can now play Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s ‘Pick Out The Immigrant’ game online.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

U.S. Citizen Wrongly Imprisoned Due to Secure Communuties Sues FBI and DHS

U.S. Citizen Wrongly Imprisoned Due to Secure Communuties Sues FBI and DHS

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 2:34PM

The lawsuit is the first litigation challenging Secure Communities.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Watch 8-Year-Old Actress Tell Jay Leno He's Asking the Wrong Questions

Watch 8-Year-Old Actress Tell Jay Leno He’s Asking the Wrong Questions

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 12:55PM

The film’s star Quvenzhané Wallis was a regular five-year-old school girl in Houma, Louisiana when she auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

One of NYC's Last Black-Owned Bookstores is Closing

One of NYC’s Last Black-Owned Bookstores is Closing

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 12:53PM

High rents force one of New York City’s last black owned book store to re-think its strategy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Internet Advocates Unveil Declaration of Internet Freedom‎

Internet Advocates Unveil Declaration of Internet Freedom‎

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 11:01AM

In advance of Independence Day, a host of groups and individuals have launched the Declaration of Internet Freedom, fighting for a free and open Internet.

Topics: Media, /NOW

#NoShameDay and the Fight to Eradicate the Stigma of Mental Illness

#NoShameDay and the Fight to Eradicate the Stigma of Mental Illness

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 6:22PM

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Black Gymnast Gabby Douglas Grabs Top Spot on U.S. Gymnastics Team

Black Gymnast Gabby Douglas Grabs Top Spot on U.S. Gymnastics Team

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 2:13PM

Douglas has also earned the nickname “Flying Squirrel” because of her height-defying gymnastics skills.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cullen Jones to Swim in Three Events at London Olympics

Cullen Jones to Swim in Three Events at London Olympics

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 1:52PM

Jones is the third African-American in history to make the US Olympic swimming team.

Topics: /NOW