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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.

More Than Half of Black Male Students in Oakland Schools May Drop Out

More Than Half of Black Male Students in Oakland Schools May Drop Out

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 5:00PM

From kindergarten through 12th grade, black boys struggled with attendance, suspension, and maintaining a C average, according to the research reports.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Johnny Depp Made Honorary Member of Comanche Nation

Johnny Depp Made Honorary Member of Comanche Nation

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 2:33PM

When producer Jerry Bruckheimer released a photo of Johnny Depp in costume as Tonto for this summer’s upcoming blockbuster The Lone Ranger they both received a lot of criticism for what many called an exaggerated and inaccurate rendition of the Comanche Indian he’s suppose to play.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

SEIU Pushes for Health Care for Transgender Workers

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 2:08PM

SEIU has more than 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico that are part of the service industry, including janitors, the security guards, and health care professionals.

Topics: /NOW

Michelle Obama Has Candid Chat About Approval Ratings with Jon Stewart

Michelle Obama Has Candid Chat About Approval Ratings with Jon Stewart

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 12:31PM

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by “The Daily Show” Tuesday night.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama Awards Highest Honor to Toni Morrison, Dolores Huerta [Photos]

Obama Awards Highest Honor to Toni Morrison, Dolores Huerta [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 10:31AM

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the Nation’s highest civilian honor—to 13 individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Convicted of Spying on Roommate Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Convicted of Spying on Roommate Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 5:14PM

Dharun Ravi said in a statement issued through his lawyer he was sorry for what he called his “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Arson Attack Suspected in New Orleans Women's Clinic Fire

Arson Attack Suspected in New Orleans Women’s Clinic Fire

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 4:44PM

A New Orleans health center was destroyed in a suspicious fire last week.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

New Video Attack Stokes Sex-Selective Abortion Panic

New Video Attack Stokes Sex-Selective Abortion Panic

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 4:06PM

James O’Keefe’s legacy is alive in Lila Rose’s new abortion attack video.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Season 2 to Premiere on Pharrell Williams' YouTube

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Season 2 to Premiere on Pharrell Williams’ YouTube

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 2:34PM

The highly acclaimed web series returns June 14th.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Calif. School District Bans Mexican Slur Used to Bully Indigenous

Calif. School District Bans Mexican Slur Used to Bully Indigenous

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 1:55PM

The district denounced the terms “Oaxaquita,” which translates to “little Oaxacan,” and “indito,” or “little Indian” referring to the indigenous people from Mexico’s Oaxaca state

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Texas Judge Throws Working High School Student in Jail

Texas Judge Throws Working High School Student in Jail

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 10:50AM

A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student n jail for tardiness and truancy at school but there is a lot more to the story.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Rahm Emmanuel Takes Woman's Phone - To Give Her a Job Reference

Rahm Emmanuel Takes Woman’s Phone - To Give Her a Job Reference

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 6:06PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on his way back from a press conference on the train when he realized he was sitting next to a woman who was on a telephone interview. He surprised her with an on the spot job reference.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Asian Americans Suffer Most from Long-Term Unemployment

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 5:22PM

For the past two years, Asian Americans have had the highest share of unemployed workers who were unemployed long term.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Will Smith is A Riot Grrrl

Will Smith is A Riot Grrrl

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 3:21PM

You may actually want to go see “Men in Black 3” after you read Will Smith describing why he let’s his daughter do anything she wants with her hair.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Is Glee's Only Black Cast Member Amber Riley Leaving the Show?

Is Glee’s Only Black Cast Member Amber Riley Leaving the Show?

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 2:44PM

There’s a controversy at Fox.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Amazon Ditches the Conservative Public Policy Group ALEC

Amazon Ditches the Conservative Public Policy Group ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 12:26PM

Amazon became the 16th company to announce that it has dropped ALEC since ColorOfChange launched its campaign targeting ALEC’s corporate sponsors.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New Orleans Becomes Largest U.S. City Without Daily Newspaper

New Orleans Becomes Largest U.S. City Without Daily Newspaper

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 10:51AM

The cuts come after the paper saw a steep drop in circulation. I n 2005, before Hurricane Katrina, the paper had a daily circulation of 261,000; in March of this year, the circulation was 132,000.

Topics: Economy, Media, /NOW

Canadian and Alaskan Indians Show Shell Execs Why Tar Sands Are So Bad

Canadian and Alaskan Indians Show Shell Execs Why Tar Sands Are So Bad

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 5:21PM

On Tuesday an indigenous delegation from Canada and Alaska presented Shell’s Chairman and Board with a report detailing the human and ecological rights violations they say the company’s operations have brought to their communities.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Four George Zimmerman Witnesses Change Their Stories

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 4:55PM

Three witnesses changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman. The fourth witness abandoned her initial story.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Black Churches Welcome New Latino Communities

Black Churches Welcome New Latino Communities

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 4:10PM

There are 80,000 fewer blacks in South LA than there were in 1990.

Topics: /NOW, Politics