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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.

National Council of La Raza Board Approves Marriage Equality Resolution

National Council of La Raza Board Approves Marriage Equality Resolution

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 10:41AM

Earlier this month the board of the National Council of La Raza unanimously approved a resolution supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

CDC Trying Out Free Rapid HIV/AIDS Test at Rural and Urban Drugstores

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 5:16PM

Throughout the two-year initiative, CDC will provide training for staff in community pharmacies and retail clinics in 12 urban areas and 12 rural areas with high HIV prevalence or significant unmet HIV testing needs.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Three Interesting Facts About Communities of Color in Utah Before Republican Primary

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 5:08PM

A look at the State’s emerging communities of color before the Republican Primary.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Photos of a Second Time Olympic Hopeful Realize He's Going To London

Photos of a Second Time Olympic Hopeful Realize He’s Going To London

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 3:08PM

Duane Solomon, Jr. missed his trip to the Olympics in Beijing by just half a second in 2008.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Despite Decrease in Violent Crime, Incarceration Rates Have Soared [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 2:09PM

Despite a 41% decrease in violent crime since 1990 incarceration rates have soared.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

'Shy English Learning' Kindergarteners Perform Madonna's 'Vogue'

‘Shy English Learning’ Kindergarteners Perform Madonna’s ‘Vogue’

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 12:43PM

The children seen in the video above performing Madonna’s “Vogue” at their kindergarten graduation from the Olympic Primary Center in Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Tyler Perry is an Action Hero Now [Trailer]

Tyler Perry is an Action Hero Now [Trailer]

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 11:59AM

Is there anything Tyler Perry can’t do?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Web Series Points Out That Black Folks Do Swim

New Web Series Points Out That Black Folks Do Swim

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 11:19AM

Watch the Season 2 premiere of “Black Folk Don’t,” a satirical, documentary web series that challenges common stereotypes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

President Obama Still Concerned About 'Practical Impact' of Remaining SB 1070 Provision

President Obama Still Concerned About ‘Practical Impact’ of Remaining SB 1070 Provision

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 11:00AM

Mr. Obama, for his part, said on Monday he is “pleased” the court struck down some of the law’s key provisions. He also acknowledged that the court’s ruling put the responsibility for immigration law squarely in the federal government’s hands.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Pa. House Majority Leader Says State Voter ID Law Will Allow Romney to Win State

Pa. House Majority Leader Says State Voter ID Law Will Allow Romney to Win State

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 5:02PM

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) told the Republican State Committee that Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law will allow Romney to win PA.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Former GOOD Staffers Launch Kickstarter for Their Next Project

Former GOOD Staffers Launch Kickstarter for Their Next Project

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 3:35PM

The former GOOD Magazine editors who were abruptly fired earlier this month have teamed up to launch their own magazine about “creative destruction” called “Tomorrow.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ACLU Commits $8.77 Million 'War Chest' to Challenge State Anti-Immigrant Laws

ACLU Commits $8.77 Million ‘War Chest’ to Challenge State Anti-Immigrant Laws

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 1:46PM

The U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a key provision of Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law will lead to racial profiling and discrimination, ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero warned today.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Priscilla Dang Lays Down Kung Fu Law on Teenagers Who Groped Her

Priscilla Dang Lays Down Kung Fu Law on Teenagers Who Groped Her

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 1:05PM

Two teenagers got a painful surprise last Friday when a woman they tried to attack turned out to be a martial arts expert.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Ala. Attorney General Luther Strange Responds to SCOTUS SB 1070 Ruling

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 12:58PM

Arizona’s immigration law, known as Senate Bill 1070, passed in 2010. Since then, five other states, including Alabama, have passed similar legislation.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Jan Brewer Responds to SCOTUS SB 1070 Ruling:  'A Victory for the Rule of Law'

Jan Brewer Responds to SCOTUS SB 1070 Ruling: ‘A Victory for the Rule of Law’

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 11:44AM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer released a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold portions of SB 1070.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Critic Says HBO's 'Newsroom' Characters of Color are Not Very Developed

Critic Says HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Characters of Color are Not Very Developed

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 4:42PM

Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated series “The Newsroom” premieres this Sunday on HBO with plenty of TV critics already calling it a game changer for television.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Talks DREAM Act at Nat'l Association of Latino Elected Officials [Video]

Obama Talks DREAM Act at Nat’l Association of Latino Elected Officials [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 1:41PM

President Obama: “I’ve said time and again that if you send me the DREAM Act, I’ll sign it right away.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

W. Kamau Bell on Eric Holder Being Targeted: 'Old Boys Network Only Works if You're an Old White Boy'

W. Kamau Bell on Eric Holder Being Targeted: ‘Old Boys Network Only Works if You’re an Old White Boy’

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:48PM

Comedian W. Kamau Bell was a guest on Current TV’s “The War Room” to discuss when you can and can’t use the race card and a few other bits from the news cycle.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Teams Up With Barack Obama and Joe Biden to ‘End Violence’ Against Women

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:32PM

David Beckham, Eli Manning and Jeremy Lin are among several athletes who joined the star-studded anti-domestic violence ad released by the White House Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Here She Goes Again: Diane Von Furstenberg Can't Stop Talking About Chinese Women

Here She Goes Again: Diane Von Furstenberg Can’t Stop Talking About Chinese Women

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:21PM

Last year she called Chinese people disobedient Japanese people now designer Diane Von Furstenberg is saying Chinese women are afraid of their own power.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW