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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.

Ramiro Gomez's Cardboard Cut Outs Make LA Times' Frontpage

Ramiro Gomez’s Cardboard Cut Outs Make LA Times’ Frontpage

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 2:31PM

Gomez hopes his works shed light on the unseen laborers who keep homes and lawns and care for youngsters.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Hear Prop 8 Case, Clearing the Way For Supreme Court

U.S. Appeals Court Will Not Hear Prop 8 Case, Clearing the Way For Supreme Court

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 1:20PM

San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided it will not revisit the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

DC Defies Federal Orders to Implement Deportation Program

DC Defies Federal Orders to Implement Deportation Program

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 11:49AM

The Council members city community trust as one of the reasons for defying the federal orders to implement Secure Communities.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Hundreds Of Mormons March in Salt Lake City Gay Pride Parade [Photos]

Hundreds Of Mormons March in Salt Lake City Gay Pride Parade [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 4:41PM

The group, Mormons Building Bridges, said they wanted to send a message of love to the state’s LGBT community, a message they believe is compatible with their faith.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Black Transgender Woman CeCe McDonald to be Housed in Male Prison

Black Transgender Woman CeCe McDonald to be Housed in Male Prison

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 3:28PM

Minnesota will initially house new inmate CeCe McDonald as a male.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Florida: 73 Percent Who Shoot Blacks and Use 'Stand Your Ground' Walk

Florida: 73 Percent Who Shoot Blacks and Use ‘Stand Your Ground’ Walk

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 2:26PM

The state law that gained the spotlight in the Trayvon Martin case has seen a higher percentage of people go free after a black person is killed than after the victim is white.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Lawyers Expected to Ask for New Bond Hearing

George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Expected to Ask for New Bond Hearing

by Jorge Rivas on June 4 2012, 11:10AM

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin returned to jail over the weekend after a judge revoked his bond on Friday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Producer of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News

Producer of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 5:20PM

Some say the episode that nearly cost Chris White his job was much ado about nothing; others are using it to advance the narrative that the network is biased.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Judge Revokes Bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Judge Revokes Bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 3:04PM

Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in February.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Jay Smooth: Leave Michelle Obama Alone With Your Random Opinions

Jay Smooth: Leave Michelle Obama Alone With Your Random Opinions

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 2:57PM

Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth has a new video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 1:54PM

Earlier this week Diane Tran made national headlines after a Texas judge threw 17-year-old teen in jail for missing school.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Dad Who Fears Heights Rides Ferris Wheel for 25 Hours to Raise Money

Dad Who Fears Heights Rides Ferris Wheel for 25 Hours to Raise Money

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

On Friday morning Gus Martinez broke the world record for the longest time spent on a Ferris wheel.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

California Senate Votes Against Lowering Penalties for Drug Possession

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 12:03PM

The California Senate Thursday defeated a bill that would downgrade from a felony to a misdemeanor charges for simple possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NYC Budget Cuts Could Displace 10,800 Low-Income Kids

NYC Budget Cuts Could Displace 10,800 Low-Income Kids

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 11:12AM

Day care centers in the city’s Latino, Asian and black communities are the hardest hit.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill) Says Democrats Got Blacks 'Dependent Upon Government'

Tea Partier Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-Ill) Says Democrats Got Blacks ‘Dependent Upon Government’

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 6:30PM

Illinois Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh has an ongoing list of racist remarks against everyone who isn’t white.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

SunTrust Settles Lending Discrimination Suit for $21 Million‎

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 5:53PM

DOJ reaches $21 million settlement to resolve lending discrimination allegations by the nation’s 11th largest bank.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Legal Experts Say Gay Marriage Question Will Hit Supreme Court Before End of 2012

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 5:20PM

A federal appeals court in Boston is the first to say the law unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married gays. The decision sets the stage for a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Latino or Hispanic? Neither. Try Country of Origin

Latino or Hispanic? Neither. Try Country of Origin

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 3:22PM

The Pew Hispanic Center recently published a report that found most immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries don’t embrace the term “Hispanic.” And even fewer prefer the term “Latino.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Walmart Backs Away From ALEC's Quest to Suppress Black Voters

Walmart Backs Away From ALEC’s Quest to Suppress Black Voters

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 2:20PM

Walmart Stores Inc., announced late Wednesday it’s suspending its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the right-wing policy group that has worked to suppress the black vote and promoted “Kill at Will” gun laws.

Topics: ALEC, /NOW, Politics

Federal Agencies Use Finger Prints, DNA to Track Immigrant Communities

Federal Agencies Use Finger Prints, DNA to Track Immigrant Communities

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 11:59AM

New white paper from Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Immigration Policy Center outlines privacy and security concerns.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW