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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.

George Zimmerman's Bail Set at $150K, Apologizes to Martin Family

George Zimmerman’s Bail Set at $150K, Apologizes to Martin Family

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2012, 12:01PM

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman told the parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, who were in the Sanford, Florida, court.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Why the Light Skinned Black Guy Acura Casting Call? Whoopi Goldberg Explains [Video]

Why the Light Skinned Black Guy Acura Casting Call? Whoopi Goldberg Explains [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 5:50PM

The View discusses racist Acura casting call.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

John McCain Just Made a Joke About President Obama Eating his Son's Dog

John McCain Just Made a Joke About President Obama Eating his Son’s Dog

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 3:01PM

President Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” included a story about him being fed dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Swedish Culture Minister in Cake Stunt: 'Art Must Be Allowed to Provoke'

Swedish Culture Minister in Cake Stunt: ‘Art Must Be Allowed to Provoke’

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 11:15AM

A Swedish organization promoting the rights of people of African origin on Tuesday called for the minister to resign for participating in a “tasteless, racist spectacle” that’s made international headlines

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

HBO's 'Girls' Writer: Defecating is 'Taking Obama to the White House'

HBO’s ‘Girls’ Writer: Defecating is ‘Taking Obama to the White House’

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 10:16AM

HBO has high hopes for their new series that premiered Sunday, but one writer is stealing the spotlight. Jorge Rivas looks at the controversy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

UCLA DREAMers Walk Out on Napolitano [Video]

UCLA DREAMers Walk Out on Napolitano [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 5:30PM

UCLA students protest Janet Napolitano.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Muslim-American Comedians Want to Give Americans a Big Muslim Hug with this Movie [Video]

Muslim-American Comedians Want to Give Americans a Big Muslim Hug with this Movie [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 4:48PM

The Muslims are Coming! is a feature documentary film that follows a group of Muslim-American comedians as they go on a tour of Middle America, perform shows, and meet folks who have never met a Muslim before!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Michelle Obama Calls Trayvon Martin Death 'Tremendous Loss' [Audio]

Michelle Obama Calls Trayvon Martin Death ‘Tremendous Loss’ [Audio]

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 4:24PM

First lady Michelle Obama says the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida is a “tremendous loss” and that all Americans “have to rally around that piece of it.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

Official Who Banned Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Targets Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 3:56PM

John Huppenthal, a state official who spearheaded the attack on the Tucson program appears to have a new target: Mexican-American studies at the college level.

Topics: /NOW, Politics, Schools & Youth

Ai-jen Poo, Activist Leading CA Domestic Workers, Makes Time 100

Ai-jen Poo, Activist Leading CA Domestic Workers, Makes Time 100

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 2:59PM

Ai-jen Poo leads a nationwide movement of nannies, housekeepers and care workers to gain long overdue workers’ rights

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal: Afro-Swedes Call for Action, Artist Speaks

Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal: Afro-Swedes Call for Action, Artist Speaks

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 11:01AM

Sweden’s culture minister has faced calls to resign after she was filmed cutting into a cake resembling an African woman as part of an art piece on female genital mutilation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Queen Latifah to Headline Long Beach Gay Pride

Queen Latifah to Headline Long Beach Gay Pride

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 10:25AM

Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse large city in the United States and it’s gay pride celebration is also one of the most diverse in the country.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Study: Racial Make-Up of Jury Pool Impacts Trial Outcome‎

Study: Racial Make-Up of Jury Pool Impacts Trial Outcome‎

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 10:11AM

A Duke University-led study shows juries formed from all-white jury pools in Florida convicted black defendants 16 percent more often than white defendants.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin, Alabama's Immigration Law Highlighted at Racial Profiling Senate Panel

Trayvon Martin, Alabama’s Immigration Law Highlighted at Racial Profiling Senate Panel

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 5:24PM

Several members of Congress and civil rights leaders presented at the Senate hearing on racial profiling Tuesday to discuss how blacks, Latinos and Muslims have been unfairly targeted in their states.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Missed the Tupac Hologram? Don't Worry, Dr. Dre May Take it On Tour

Missed the Tupac Hologram? Don’t Worry, Dr. Dre May Take it On Tour

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 3:29PM

The Tupac Shakur “hologram” performance at the Coachella music festival has overshadowed every other live performance at the festival. So much so that there are talks of taking it on tour.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Grant Movie in the Works, Starring Octavia Spencer

Oscar Grant Movie in the Works, Starring Octavia Spencer

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 2:56PM

“Friday Night Lights” and “Chronicle” actor Michael B. Jordan is also in talks to star in the story of the young man shot and killed by police in 2009.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote

Mitt Romney: Not Winning Latino Vote “Spells Doom for Us”

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 2:30PM

The GOP presidential hopeful says he plans on reminding Latinos Obama promised immigration reform and didn’t fulfill those promises.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Swedish Culture Minister Caught in Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal

Swedish Culture Minister Caught in Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 1:00PM

On Sunday the Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth began cutting a large cake shaped like a black woman to as part of an art installation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, /NOW

Report: Banks Let Black and Latino Foreclosed Homes Waste Away

Report: Banks Let Black and Latino Foreclosed Homes Waste Away

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 12:13PM

Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank have let foreclosed homes in black and Latino neighborhoods lapse into disrepair, according to housing advocates.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Late Manning Marable Wins History Pulitzer for Malcolm X Biography

The Late Manning Marable Wins History Pulitzer for Malcolm X Biography

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 11:18AM

The late Manning Marable wins history Pulitzer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW