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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.

Audra McDonald Becomes First Black Actress to Win Five Tony Awards

Audra McDonald Becomes First Black Actress to Win Five Tony Awards

by Jorge Rivas on June 11 2012, 11:40AM

On Sunday, Audra McDonald won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical and became the first black actress to ever win five Tony Awards. McDonald was honored for her powerful portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jorge Ramos Upset Obama Used His Image in Spanish Campaign Ad

Jorge Ramos Upset Obama Used His Image in Spanish Campaign Ad

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 5:56PM

On Thursday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos took to the air to denounce the use of his image in an Obama re-election campaign ad.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DREAMer Makes the Front Page of LA Times Print Edition

DREAMer Makes the Front Page of LA Times Print Edition

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 5:10PM

The Los Angeles Times on Friday published a front page story that profiled a young architecture graduate student from UCLA that’s unsure about her future because she’s undocumented.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

A Musical Thank You Note to the Racists and Misogynists of the Internet

A Musical Thank You Note to the Racists and Misogynists of the Internet

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 3:39PM

Isabel Fay, a British comedy writer and performer, wrote a beautiful song thanking the “sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic” trolls of the interwebs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Infographic: How Quickly 'Stand Your Ground' Spread Nationwide

Infographic: How Quickly ‘Stand Your Ground’ Spread Nationwide

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 1:17PM

MotherJones looks at how years before Trayvon Martin was killed, gun lobbyists conspired to give Stand Your Ground shooters immunity everywhere.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Silver Spring, MD Gets Its Own African Contemporary Dance Flash Mob [Video]

Silver Spring, MD Gets Its Own African Contemporary Dance Flash Mob [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 10:33AM

Watch a group of young people as they performed an African Contemporary Dance Flash Mob in the Downtown Silver Spring area.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

DREAMers at NY High School Inspire Community to Drop The I-Word

DREAMers at NY High School Inspire Community to Drop The I-Word

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 6:21PM

A group of students at Flushing International High School (FIHS) that are part of a DREAM are raising awareness about the Drop the ‘I-Word Campaign and how the ‘I’ word impacts their life.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Record Number of Deportations Continue Despite U.S. Review of Backlog

Record Number of Deportations Continue Despite U.S. Review of Backlog

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 2:41PM

Fewer than 2% of all pending deportation cases (411,000 of them) have been stopped despite reviews.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Dozens of Foxconn Workers Arrested After Riot in Chengdu, China Plant

Dozens of Foxconn Workers Arrested After Riot in Chengdu, China Plant

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 12:50PM

Hundreds of Foxconn employees living in company dormitories in Chengdu, China clashed with security staff Monday evening.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, /NOW

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in 'Solidarity With CeCe'

Wells Fargo Hit With Molotov Cocktail in ‘Solidarity With CeCe’

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 11:37AM

An anonymous message posted on an anarchist website took responsibility for the action they called a small gesture of solidarity with CeCe McDonald.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Former NFL player Wade Davis Talks About Coming Out of the Closet

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 6:12PM

Wade Davis never came out while he was playing football for the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, or the Washington Redskins.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

'Free CeCe' Graffiti Left on County Jail Building CeCe McDonald Was Held In

‘Free CeCe’ Graffiti Left on County Jail Building CeCe McDonald Was Held In

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 4:09PM

Graffiti backing CeCe McDonald sprayed on county jail she was held in.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Less Affluent Expected to Adopt iPhone When it Comes to Virgin Mobile; Insiders Warn Prepaid Market is Less Regulated

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:53AM

Analysts expect the less affluent to adopt the phone because prepaid services require no contract or credit checks for customers but others fear more people will enter a less regulated mobile space.

Topics: Media, /NOW

You Ready for 'The Wire: The Musical' Starring Michael Kenneth Williams? [Video]

You Ready for ‘The Wire: The Musical’ Starring Michael Kenneth Williams? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:41AM

The cast of HBO’s “The Wire” partnered with “Funny or Die” to bring us this gem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

There's an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

There’s an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:24AM

The app allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Jay Smooth to Gwyneth Paltrow: Don't Get Too Comfy With N-Word

Jay Smooth to Gwyneth Paltrow: Don’t Get Too Comfy With N-Word

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 10:39AM

How Gwyneth Paltrow should’ve handle the controversy surrounding her tweeting the “N-word” this weekend.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mom Locked Up For Cheering Too Loudly at High School Graduation

Mom Locked Up For Cheering Too Loudly at High School Graduation

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 10:30AM

A South Carolina mom was arrested on Saturday for cheering at her daughter’s high school graduation for yelling “yay, my baby made it” too loud.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Donations to George Zimmerman Spike Since He’s Been Back in Jail

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

George Zimmerman went to jail on Sunday for allegedly misleading state officials on finances he raised online and since his return to jail the number of donations to his site are up.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

America Ferrera Partners With Voto Latino For Election

America Ferrera Partners With Voto Latino For Election

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 3:35PM

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Voto Latino launched a campaign last Thursday called “America4America” to encourage young Latinos to vote.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Janet Jackson To Produce Transgender 'Truth' Film

Janet Jackson To Produce Transgender ‘Truth’ Film

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 2:39PM

Superstar entertainer Janet Jackson is set to executive-produce a documentary that will help “stop the hate and find understanding” toward transgender people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW