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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.

President Obama Says He's Not Jay-Z's Travel Agent

President Obama Says He’s Not Jay-Z’s Travel Agent

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2013, 11:54AM

We’ve got better things to do,” Obama said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Who Needs to 'Get Informed' on Che Guevara? Jay-Z or Marco Rubio?

Who Needs to ‘Get Informed’ on Che Guevara? Jay-Z or Marco Rubio?

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 3:00PM

Guevara does have a complex history.

Topics: History, /NOW

Louisiana Town Bans Saggy Pants

Louisiana Town Bans Saggy Pants

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 1:50PM

Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish Council passed an ordinance Wednesday night that will impose fines for anyone who wears pants below the waist in public that expose underwear.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Solange Knowles and The XX Cover Aaliyah's 'Hot Like Fire' at Coachella

Solange Knowles and The XX Cover Aaliyah’s ‘Hot Like Fire’ at Coachella

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 1:14PM

There were a few unlikely pairings at the Coachella music festival this past weekend.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Rubio's Recycled Talking Points on Immigration

Watch Rubio’s Recycled Talking Points on Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 11:49AM

The Daily Beast compiled a video sequence that illustrates how Rubio recycled his talking points over and over.

Topics: /NOW

Police Sergeant Caught With Trayvon Martin Shooting Targets Says Sorry I'm Not Sorry

Police Sergeant Caught With Trayvon Martin Shooting Targets Says Sorry I’m Not Sorry

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 11:34AM

The Port Canaveral, Fla., Port Authority police sergeant who was fired after he brought shooting targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a firearms training says he’s the victim of another sergeant’s political agenda. Sergeant Ron King was fired last Thursday for…

Topics: /NOW

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin, Sandy Hook Shirt to MTV Movie Awards

Jamie Foxx Wears Trayvon Martin, Sandy Hook Shirt to MTV Movie Awards

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2013, 10:57AM

Foxx wore the Trayvon Martin t-shirt just weeks before his killer goes to trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

8-year-old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Until He Drops Bill Linking Welfare to School Grades

8-year-old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Until He Drops Bill Linking Welfare to School Grades

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2013, 12:53PM

An 8-year-old girl confronted Tennessee Sen. Stacey Campfield, in the hallways of the state legislature to tell him she’s worried about Tennessee children.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Deaf Arizona Teen Separated From Family After Arpaio Immigration Raid

Deaf Arizona Teen Separated From Family After Arpaio Immigration Raid

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2013, 12:00PM

Los Angeles based band Las Cafeteras sends a message of support to a young deaf woman who’s family is in immigration detention.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Stop Telling Women to Smile' Exhibit Opens in Brooklyn

‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’ Exhibit Opens in Brooklyn

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2013, 10:43AM

The work is designed to be placed on the street to add the presence of strong women in that environment to combat street harassment.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Louis CK Talks in Depth About Being a Mexican Immigrant

Louis CK Talks in Depth About Being a Mexican Immigrant

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2013, 11:23AM

Louis CK still holds his Mexican citizenship.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

 USA Today 'Will No Longer Use the Term Illegal Immigrant'

USA Today ‘Will No Longer Use the Term Illegal Immigrant’

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2013, 10:40AM

The decision by the newspaper with the largest print circulation in the U.S. comes a week after the Associated Press dropped the i-word from their Stylebook.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Rand Paul's Remarks at Howard and the Skeptical Audience's Tweets

Rand Paul’s Remarks at Howard and the Skeptical Audience’s Tweets

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2013, 12:12PM

The GOP outreach for black voters saga continues. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a speech at Howard University on Wednesday, with a talk that his office said was supposed to focus on “the importance of outreach to younger voters, as…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sources: Beyoncé, Jay-Z's Cuba Visit Had US Treasury Department OK

Sources: Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s Cuba Visit Had US Treasury Department OK

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 1:38PM

Beyoncé and Jay Z visited Havana last week on a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the United States Treasury Department, according to a source familiar with the trip.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Fox News Uses 'Undocumented' Instead of its Usual 'Illegal'

Fox News Uses ‘Undocumented’ Instead of its Usual ‘Illegal’

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 1:25PM

The story is categorized in the “illegal immigrants” section but the story itself never uses the i-word.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Urban Radio Ads Ask African-Americans to Support Immigration

Urban Radio Ads Ask African-Americans to Support Immigration

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2013, 9:50AM

The 60-second ad aimed at African-Americans is airing on urban radio stations across the country.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley's Awful New Song 'Accidental Racist'

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley’s Awful New Song ‘Accidental Racist’

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 4:00PM

LL Cool J’s winning line: “If you don’t judge my gold chains/I’ll forget the iron chains.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Now Has a July Release Date

Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale’ Now Has a July Release Date

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 1:53PM

“Fruitvale,” the film based on the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant, is set to hit theaters on July 26—three months before its originally scheduled release date.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

AP Stylebook Revises Definition of 'Islamist'

AP Stylebook Revises Definition of ‘Islamist’

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2013, 11:47AM

Last Thursday the AP moved to disassociate the term “Islamist” from its negative connotations with “Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists.”

Topics: Media, /NOW

 Jay Smooth Discusses Roger Ebert's Legacy with MSNBC's Chris Hayes

Jay Smooth Discusses Roger Ebert’s Legacy with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2013, 11:42AM

Ill Doctrine and Colorlines.com producer Jay Smooth was a guest on “All in with Chris Hayes” on Thursday night to discuss film critic Roger Ebert’s legacy

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW