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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by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 11:28AM
A Colorado Springs second grader showed up to school in blackface.
by Jorge Rivas on May 21 2012, 11:04AM
Meet Raul, American Apparels latest accessory.
by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2012, 1:01PM
The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider whether an undocumented Mexican immigrant who attended law school and passed the State Bar can practice law
by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2012, 12:00PM
GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney just released his first Spanish general election ad called “Día Uno,” which is the exact replica of his English ad except for the Spanish voice and copy on the screen.
by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2012, 11:30AM
The film is said to explore the group dynamics of a dozen or so black and Latino teens from the Bronx as they make their way through town on a bus.
by Jorge Rivas on May 18 2012, 9:08AM
And Colorlines.com gender matters blogger Akiba Solomon notes that the opposition to VAWA doesn’t just affect women.
by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2012, 4:06PM
The ruling allows all persons unlawfully stopped and frisked since January 2005 to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2012, 11:15AM
Latinos continue to be the nation’s fastest growing group with their population increasing by 3.1 percent since 2010.
by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 5:43PM
Pacquiao explained his true feelings towards the gay community.
by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 4:45PM
In response to criticism from the LGBT community and allies over its coverage of a fire that killed a transgender woman this weekend, the New York Times released a statement that reveals a lack of understanding of how serious this problem is.
by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 12:53PM
The same week that President Obama and rapper Jay-Z came out for gay marriage, boxer Manny Pacquiao quoted scriptures that say a man who lies down with another man “must be put to death.”
by Jorge Rivas on May 16 2012, 10:48AM
The three page document compiled by Zimmerman’s family physician could be used as evidence by his defense team.
by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 3:13PM
Undocumented youth to sue U.S. Senate for blocking DREAM Act legislation with filibuster rule.
by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 2:07PM
The cover story is said to focus on President Obama’s recent shift on gay marriage.
by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 12:47PM
On Monday, rapper Jay-Z told CNN’s Poppy Harlow he supports gay marriage.
by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 12:22PM
If Zimmerman is charged with a hate crime he could be punished by up to life in prison or even the death penalty.
by Jorge Rivas on May 15 2012, 11:40AM
The teen’s alleged attacker, Khyran R. Delay, 34, has been charged with battery.
by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2012, 5:33PM
Despite opposition from the governors of New York and Massachusetts, federal immigration authorities are moving forward to implement Secure Communities in both states.