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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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Watch Archived Footage of Peace March in Koreatown Two Days After L.A. Riots

Watch Archived Footage of Peace March in Koreatown Two Days After L.A. Riots

by Jorge Rivas on May 3 2012, 5:34PM

On May 1st 1992—just two day after the civil unrest in Los Angeles started—thousands of Angelenos marched for peace around Koreatown.

Topics: 1992 L.A. Riots, /NOW

Sundance Favorite, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' Debuts New Trailer

Sundance Favorite, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ Debuts New Trailer

by Jorge Rivas on May 3 2012, 4:30PM

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,”the highly celebrated Sundance film that took the top awards at the film festival, has a new trailer and a release date.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE Director John Morton Gets Very Own Satirical Twitter Account

ICE Director John Morton Gets Very Own Satirical Twitter Account

by Jorge Rivas on May 3 2012, 3:28PM

Immigration reform activist launches a fake Twitter account for Director of ICE John Morton.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Texas Rapper: Number One Thing A Rapper Shouldn't Say, 'Gay is Okay'

Texas Rapper: Number One Thing A Rapper Shouldn’t Say, ‘Gay is Okay’

by Jorge Rivas on May 3 2012, 1:45PM

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, the Latino rapper wants gay youth to know that “It doesn’t just get better, it gets awesome, homie.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Colorlines.com’s Seth Freed Wessler Accepts 2012 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism

by Jorge Rivas on May 3 2012, 11:15AM

The Hillman Prize is a journalism awarded annually to “journalists, writers and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

South L.A.'s Community Coalition on the Civil Unrest [Video]

South L.A.’s Community Coalition on the Civil Unrest [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2012, 5:51PM

The site includes videos with analysis from L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a local news anchor, community activists, residents and academics.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share Memories Play

Two Decades Later, Children of the L.A. Riots Share Memories

by Jorge Rivas on April 30 2012, 9:48AM

Watch a series of video portraits of young adults who were 8, 9 and 10-year olds during the LA Riots.

Topics: 1992 L.A. Riots, History

20 Years Later: Live-Tweeting the L.A. Riots as They Happened

20 Years Later: Live-Tweeting the L.A. Riots as They Happened

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2012, 1:35PM

Tweets from @RealTimeLARiots correspond to date and time from 1992.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Four African Men School You on Hollywood Stereotypes [Video]

Four African Men School You on Hollywood Stereotypes [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2012, 12:52PM

Wouldn’t it be better if African men weren’t always depicted as warlords or victims?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Immigration Status on Restaurant Health-Grade Placards Proposal Rejected in Calif. County

Immigration Status on Restaurant Health-Grade Placards Proposal Rejected in Calif. County

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2012, 12:08PM

A proposal for San Bernardino County restaurants to signify whether they check employee immigration status on their health-inspection placards was rejected Tuesday.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Meet Madison Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Fierceness Studies at Yale

Meet Madison Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Fierceness Studies at Yale

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 6:45PM

Madison Moore is quickly becoming one of the world’s foremost experts in fierceness.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mitt Romney on College Tuition: 'Shop Around, Find One That Has the Right Price' [Video]

Mitt Romney on College Tuition: ‘Shop Around, Find One That Has the Right Price’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 2:57PM

Watch Romney tell students worried about student loans to go to cheaper colleges.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Community Leaders in LA's Chinatown Question if Wal-Mart Bribed City Officials

Community Leaders in LA’s Chinatown Question if Wal-Mart Bribed City Officials

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 11:45AM

LA group questions how an 11th hour building permit for Wal-Mart made it through the building department just hours before the City Council voted to ban the retail giant from the city’s historic Chinatown.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Net Migration from Mexico Has Been at Zero Since 2007, Deportations Still at Record High

Net Migration from Mexico Has Been at Zero Since 2007, Deportations Still at Record High

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 11:24AM

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

CNN Visits Romney's Mexican Cousins: The Liberal and Conservative Primos [Video]

CNN Visits Romney’s Mexican Cousins: The Liberal and Conservative Primos [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 11:20AM

Meet the Mexican Romneys.

Topics: GOP Primary, Immigration, /NOW

California Voters Will Face Death Penalty Repeal in November

California Voters Will Face Death Penalty Repeal in November

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 9:30AM

The initiative far exceeded the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot this fall.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sanford Police Chief Resigns Amid Criticism of Trayvon Martin Case

Sanford Police Chief Resigns Amid Criticism of Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2012, 2:35PM

Bill Lee Jr., the embattled chief of the Sanford Police Department, has resigned his position

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

PHOTO: President Obama Sits In Rosa Parks Bus

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2012, 1:55PM

During his trip to Detroit, yesterday, President Obama visited the Henry Ford Museum and had the opportunity to sit in the bus where in 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make way for a white customer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Think Like a Man' Defies Studio Skeptics, But It's a Bittersweet Celebration

‘Think Like a Man’ Defies Studio Skeptics, But It’s a Bittersweet Celebration

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2012, 12:10PM

People of color and actors of color win because they’re represented in Hollywood, but the real winner with “Think Like a Man” is Sony.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

Obama Launches Latinos for Obama, Romney Releases Anto-Obama Infographic

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2012, 2:26PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney countered President Obama’s Latino outreach by arguing that Obama “has brought hard times to Hispanics,” citing their unemployment numbers.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics