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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.

There's a Story Behind the Little Boy Who Had a Special Oval Office Moment

There’s a Story Behind the Little Boy Who Had a Special Oval Office Moment

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 3:35PM

In May 2009, 5-year-old Jacob Philadelphia was visiting the White House with his father, a former Marine who was leaving his 2-year stint working for the National Security Council as part of the White House staff.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mitt Romney: Educating Kids of Color is the 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Era'

Mitt Romney: Educating Kids of Color is the ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Era’

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 11:38AM

On Wednesday, the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney talked explicitly about schools failing students of color. But there’s a lot more to that story.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Colin Powell Expresses Support for Gay Marriage

Colin Powell Expresses Support for Gay Marriage

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 5:58PM

The Former Secretary of State said he has “no problem” with gay marriage in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Fewer Blacks and Latinos Entering CUNY, Nation's Largest Urban Colleges

Fewer Blacks and Latinos Entering CUNY, Nation’s Largest Urban Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 4:50PM

A new report has found that as more New Yorkers are returning to school, black and Latino students are having a tough time competing against students with higher SAT scores and grade point averages.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Brooklyn Boxing Coach Kicks Wall Street Where it Hurts [Video]

Brooklyn Boxing Coach Kicks Wall Street Where it Hurts [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 4:02PM

Meet Eric Kelly, a four-time National Amateur Boxing champion and two-time NYC Golden Glove tournament winner, who isn’t afraid of anyone, even Wall Street dudes.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Pixar is Jumping on Boat to Capture Latino Audience with New Día de los Muertos Movie

Pixar is Jumping on Boat to Capture Latino Audience with New Día de los Muertos Movie

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 2:36PM

Last month Pixar announced the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award-winning “Toy Story 3” is working on a film that delves into the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Breaks Down on 'America's Got Talent'

Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Breaks Down on ‘America’s Got Talent’

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:47PM

Leave it to Howard Stern to make a 7-year old cry.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Schools & Youth

EBONY Magazine Commissions Street Artist Shepard Fairey to Illustrate Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:20PM

Graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey, who created Barack Obama’s 2009 “Hope” poster, has illustrated a new figure: Trayvon Martin. via Fairey’s blog: I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Obama Holds 34-Point Lead Over Romney Among Registered Latino Voters

Obama Holds 34-Point Lead Over Romney Among Registered Latino Voters

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 12:30PM

Despite broken immigration promises and a record number of deportations Latinos continue to support the President.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Poll: People of Color More Likely to Support Gay Marriage Than Whites

Poll: People of Color More Likely to Support Gay Marriage Than Whites

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 12:04PM

The majority of those surveyed said Obama’s stance on gay marriage will not play a big role in their vote for president.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Kanye West, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

Kanye West, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 10:28AM

The nominees for the 2012 BET Awards were announced Tuesday and leading the way with seven nominations is Kanye West.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Proposed Book Project ‘My White Friends’ Explores Photography’s Description of Race

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 5:08PM

Photographer Myra Greene has been exploring photography’s description of race and the challenges of describing whiteness by photographing her white friends for the past 10-years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet the Nguyen Seniors Whose Yearbook Quotes Went Viral

Meet the Nguyen Seniors Whose Yearbook Quotes Went Viral

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 4:30PM

Meet Presentation High School seniors Alexandra, Angela, Angelica, Elizabeth, Emily, Isabella, Madeline, and Vi Nguyen who submitted senior quotes for the yearbook that once combined read “We know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not related!”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Donald Glover Seen Canoodling With Lena Dunham on Set of 'Girls'

Donald Glover Seen Canoodling With Lena Dunham on Set of ‘Girls’

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 2:42PM

Now everyone is dying to know if Glover is a new love interest on the show.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Louisiana School Psychologist: 'Young Black Thugs Who Won't Follow the Law Need to Be Put Down'

Louisiana School Psychologist: ‘Young Black Thugs Who Won’t Follow the Law Need to Be Put Down’

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 1:51PM

“Young Black Thugs who won’t follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!” read one tweet made by Mark Traina, the Jefferson Parish school psychologist, who has worked with alternative schools and in central administration.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

50 Percent of Those Exonerated in National Registry are Black

50 Percent of Those Exonerated in National Registry are Black

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 11:15AM

The University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law have partnered to launch a National Registry of Exonerations that keeps an up to date list of all known exonerations in the United States since 1989.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Listen to the Last Song Whitney Houston Recorded for 'Sparkle' Soundtrack

Listen to the Last Song Whitney Houston Recorded for ‘Sparkle’ Soundtrack

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 5:46PM

The Song features Jordin Sparks and is written by R.Kelly.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Most immigrants Sent Back to Mexico Detained at Work or Home, Border Apprehensions Decline

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 5:18PM

While the number of people crossing from Mexico into the United States has fallen to 40 year lows, the rates of deportation have reached historic highs.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Jay Smooth On Not Freaking Out About Nonwhite Births Becoming Majority

Jay Smooth On Not Freaking Out About Nonwhite Births Becoming Majority

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 3:35PM

Jay Smooth breaks down new Census findings and says there is little to fear.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days, May Not Be Deported

Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days, May Not Be Deported

by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 12:54PM

On Monday, Dharun Ravi, the 20-year-old Indian immigrant, convicted on 15 counts of illegal spying on his Rutgers dorm mate was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW