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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.

Blacks Disproportionately Hit by Layoffs at New Orleans Newspaper

Blacks Disproportionately Hit by Layoffs at New Orleans Newspaper

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 11:06AM

Blacks were disproportionately hit by the layoffs at the The Times-Picayune.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Judge Rules Thousands of School Workers Wrongfully Fired After Katrina

Judge Rules Thousands of School Workers Wrongfully Fired After Katrina

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 10:36AM

On Thursday, a Louisiana judge ruled that thousands of New Orleans school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina shut down the entire city in 2005.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

George Zimmerman Re-Enacts Fatal Shooting Of Trayvon Martin [Video]

George Zimmerman Re-Enacts Fatal Shooting Of Trayvon Martin [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 5:49PM

George Zimmerman reenacts the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, taking police through the neighborhood.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

N.C. Senate Killed the Compensation Program for Survivors of State Eugenics Program

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 2:42PM

North Carolina’s plan to compensate people who were sterilized under the state’s eugenics program is probably not going go through because the State Senate scratched it off the budget Wednesday.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Watch 'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Compete in a Pole Dancing Contest [Video]

Watch ‘Glee’ Star Harry Shum Jr. Compete in a Pole Dancing Contest [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 1:50PM

Kev Jumba from You Offend Me, You Offend My Family” aka YOMYOMF invited Harry Shum Jr. to a pole dance off.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

857 Desks Installed On National Mall to Call Attention to Drop Out Rates

857 Desks Installed On National Mall to Call Attention to Drop Out Rates

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 1:03PM

Each desk represents one of the 857 students who drop out of high school in the United States every single hour, every single school day, according to the College Board.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

64-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Takes 2nd Place at Bikini Contest

64-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Takes 2nd Place at Bikini Contest

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 11:23AM

A Los Angeles grandma beat a bunch of women half her age in a bikini contest in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

FOX Picks Up Jesus Orellana’s Sci-Fi Movie Project ‘Rosa’

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 2:45PM

20th Century Fox has purchased the rights to create a full length feature film based on the sci-fi short-film ROSA that was created entirely by young comic-artist Jesús Orellana.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Investigators Find Forced Labor at Louisiana Walmart Seafood Supplier

Investigators Find Forced Labor at Louisiana Walmart Seafood Supplier

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 2:17PM

Mexican “Guest Workers” at Louisiana plant peel and boil crawfish for 15 to 24 hours straight for less than minimum wage.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Jelani Cobb's Moving 'New Yorker' Piece on the Legacy of Rodney King

Jelani Cobb’s Moving ‘New Yorker’ Piece on the Legacy of Rodney King

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 12:49PM

William Jelani Cobb pens moving piece about Rodney King.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Beautiful Short Film Highlights Three DREAMers

New Beautiful Short Film Highlights Three DREAMers

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 12:21PM

Though an important step was taken with the president’s order to halt the deportations of some young undocumented residents, we must remember that his executive order could change as early as January under a new administration.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Apple Stores in Georgia Won't Sell iPads to People Speaking Farsi

Apple Stores in Georgia Won’t Sell iPads to People Speaking Farsi

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 12:07PM

WSB-TV in Alpharetta, Georgia has interviews with two people who were denied iPads and iPhones at two different Apple Stores after employees learned they were from Iran.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Somehow Kelly Ripa Managed to Make a Deportation Joke While the First Lady Double Dutched

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 2:38PM

First Lady Michelle Obama went on Live! With Kelly Monday morning and she double Dutched in wide-legged pants!

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Spanish Talk Shows Biggest Name Cristina Saralegui Endorses Barack Obama

Spanish Talk Shows Biggest Name Cristina Saralegui Endorses Barack Obama

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:50PM

This is the first time that Cristina Saralegui has endorsed a President or actively participated in a presidential campaign.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Southern Baptists Poised to Elect First Black President

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:19PM

The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to elect its first black president at its annual meeting on Tuesday

Topics: History, /NOW

Amazon.com on Pace to be Bigger Than Walmart by Decade's End

Amazon.com on Pace to be Bigger Than Walmart by Decade’s End

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:08PM

Amazon.com is already the world’s largest online retailer and if they continue growing at the current pace they’ll be bigger than Walmart by the end of the decade.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Biggest Wave of Immigrants is Now Asian

Biggest Wave of Immigrants is Now Asian

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 11:37AM

Asian Americans are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest growing race group in the country.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Adidas Pulls Shoe in Response to Slavery Controversy

Adidas Pulls Shoe in Response to Slavery Controversy

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 10:34AM

He may not be a household name but Jeremy Scott’s designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna and Kanye West.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Arkansas Tea Party Rally Kicked Off With Racist Icebreaker Joke

Arkansas Tea Party Rally Kicked Off With Racist Icebreaker Joke

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 10:07AM

Not only was an Arkansas Tea Party rally kicked off with a racist joke but then a Senator went ahead a tweeted the speaker did a great job.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Trayvon Martin's Dad has a Moving Message for Father's Day

Trayvon Martin’s Dad has a Moving Message for Father’s Day

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 1:56PM

This Father’s Day, join Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, and add your name to this national petition demanding that all “Stand Your Ground” laws be repealed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW