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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.

Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Rodney King and Trayvon Martin Remembered at BET Awards

Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Rodney King and Trayvon Martin Remembered at BET Awards

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 11:34AM

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé were all present at the BET Awards ceremony Sunday but the highlight of the show everyone is talking about today came from Cissy Houston.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt to BET Awards

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin T-Shirt to BET Awards

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 9:57AM

While most male celebrities walked the BET red carpet in suits, Jamie Foxx wore a t-shirt with a special message.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mitt Romney May Have Just Changed His DREAM Act Position

Mitt Romney May Have Just Changed His DREAM Act Position

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 5:35PM

“I’ve indicated in my view that those who serve in the military and have advanced degrees would certainly qualify for that kind of permanent status,” Romney went on to say.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 5:06PM

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Dwyane Wade Tells Oprah Maturity Helped Him Step Back and let LeBron James Be the Best Player in the World

Dwyane Wade Tells Oprah Maturity Helped Him Step Back and let LeBron James Be the Best Player in the World

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 4:01PM

Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat’s All-Star shooting guard, says maturity helped him step back and give LeBron James enough space to “move back a little bit and let this guy, who is the best player in the world become the best player in the world.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

House Passes Bill That Will Keep Student Loans Interests From Rising

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 2:43PM

Student aid is essential for students of color.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson to Speak at Rodney King's Funeral

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson to Speak at Rodney King’s Funeral

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 1:46PM

The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will be attending a public memorial for Rodney King on Saturday, a King family spokeswoman has confirmed with the LA Times.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Texas GOP Adopts Platform to Oppose 'Critical Thinking' in Schools

Texas GOP Adopts Platform to Oppose ‘Critical Thinking’ in Schools

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 12:43PM

The Republican Party of Texas’ recently adopted 2012 platform contains a plank that opposes the teaching of “critical thinking skills” in schools.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Democrats Walk Out to Protest House Contempt Vote Against Holder

Democrats Walk Out to Protest House Contempt Vote Against Holder

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 10:58AM

As the Republican-led House voted to hold Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt on Thursday, Democrats led by the Congressional Black Caucus walked out in protest.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

A Satirical Step-by-Step Guide to How to be a Reverse Racist

A Satirical Step-by-Step Guide to How to be a Reverse Racist

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 4:54PM

An actual step by step list for oppressing white people.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

1976 McDonald's Ad Shows Long Courtship of Black Customers

1976 McDonald’s Ad Shows Long Courtship of Black Customers

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 3:29PM

Showing a smiling black family gathered around a table at the fast food chain, the ad also proclaims: ‘You don’t have to get dressed up… there’s no tipping.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Anti-Choice Groups: Health Care Gives Biggest Boost to Abortion Since Roe v. Wade

Anti-Choice Groups: Health Care Gives Biggest Boost to Abortion Since Roe v. Wade

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 2:57PM

Well-funded anti-choice sources are claiming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents a federally funded abortion free-for-all.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Pew Study: 65% of Latinos in the U.S. Self-Identify as Being of Mexican Origin

Pew Study: 65% of Latinos in the U.S. Self-Identify as Being of Mexican Origin

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 1:33PM

Sixty-five percent of the Nation’s 50.7 million Latinos self-identify as being of Mexican origin.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Groundbreaking 'Today' Co-Host Ann Curry Bids Emotional Farewell

Groundbreaking ‘Today’ Co-Host Ann Curry Bids Emotional Farewell

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 11:15AM

When Ann Curry first appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” fifteen-years ago there weren’t too many faces on morning television that looked like her.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

U.S. Workers’ Field of Employment Organized by Place of Birth, Illustrated

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 4:08PM

One in six U.S. workers was born somewhere else.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez Gives Congress  'Pick Out The Immigrant' Pop Quiz!

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez Gives Congress ‘Pick Out The Immigrant’ Pop Quiz!

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 3:51PM

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez discussed the SB 1070 Supreme Court decision on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday and provided a short quiz he called “Pick Out The Immigrant” with celebrity subjects like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Supreme Court Rules Md. Prisoners Can't Be Counted as Residents--and It's a Good Thing

Supreme Court Rules Md. Prisoners Can’t Be Counted as Residents—and It’s a Good Thing

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 2:38PM

The Supreme Court SB 1070 ruling earlier this week stole all the headlines but there were two additional rulings that were significant.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

M.I.A. Teams Up With Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks for 'Bad Girls' Remix [Audio]

M.I.A. Teams Up With Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks for ‘Bad Girls’ Remix [Audio]

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 1:36PM

For her latest remix of “Bad Girls,” M.I.A. features game-changing femcee Missy Elliott and rising raptress Azealia Banks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Katy Perry Wants to Skin Japanese People and 'Wear Them Like Versace'

Katy Perry Wants to Skin Japanese People and ‘Wear Them Like Versace’

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 12:30PM

“I’m so obsessed I want to skin you and wear you like Versace,” the pop star said referring to a Japanese person.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Diaz Talks About Why He Writes About Race

Junot Diaz Talks About Why He Writes About Race

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 11:45AM

Paula M. L. Moya says she’s always been struck by how interviewers avoid asking Dominican-American fiction author Junot Diaz about race, even though he writes about race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW