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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.

Tupac's Mom 'Positively Thrilled' About Coachella Hologram

Tupac’s Mom ‘Positively Thrilled’ About Coachella Hologram

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 10:52AM

Afeni Shakur watched a live stream

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Remembering Selena Quintanilla: Murals, Statues and Tattoos

Remembering Selena Quintanilla: Murals, Statues and Tattoos

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 7:40PM

Selena Quintanilla-Perez would have been 41 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Caine's Arcade Gets a Block Party, Video Raises 166k for College

Caine’s Arcade Gets a Block Party, Video Raises 166k for College

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 5:39PM

Caine is the busiest kid in Los Angeles and his dad says he’s still the same kid.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on NYPD's Spying on Muslim Neighborhoods

Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on NYPD’s Spying on Muslim Neighborhoods

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 3:23PM

The Associated Press has won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for a series of stories on a secret New York Police Department program that spied on Muslims.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

Eva Longoria Defends New TV Series She's Producing on Latina Maids

Eva Longoria Defends New TV Series She’s Producing on Latina Maids

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 2:49PM

The show centers around four Latina maids in Beverly Hills with stories that Longoria says are worth telling.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kai Wright Talks LGBT Housing Bias on MSNBC

Kai Wright Talks LGBT Housing Bias on MSNBC

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 11:29AM

Kai Wright, Editorial Director of Colorlines.com, joined the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC to discuss the Obama administration’s recent updates to non-discrimination policies that now encompass sexual orientation and gender identity.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Tupac Takes Coachella Stage via Hologram With Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

Tupac Takes Coachella Stage via Hologram With Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 11:06AM

The pair’s historic set also included surprise guests Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Promises Immigration Reform in First Year of Second Term

Obama Promises Immigration Reform in First Year of Second Term

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 10:40AM

Obama told Univision he would like to do immigration this year, but Republican opposition is too intense.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Mad Men' Actress Who Plays Firm's First Black Employee Says She Has 'A Lot of Responsibility'

‘Mad Men’ Actress Who Plays Firm’s First Black Employee Says She Has ‘A Lot of Responsibility’

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 3:55PM

The actress who plays the ad agency’s first black employee says she’s got a lot of responsibility on her hands.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

U.S. Says Sorry for Holding Up 'King of Bollywood' at NY Airport

U.S. Says Sorry for Holding Up ‘King of Bollywood’ at NY Airport

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 1:41PM

Khan’s incident might be gaining international attention because he is a celebrity, but the truth is that ordinary American citizens and immigrants here in the United States grapple with racial and religious profiling routinely at airports.

Topics: Immigration, National Security, /NOW

National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 12:57PM

Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African-Americans saying he was unjustly killed, while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Boosts Superhero Credentials by Saving Neighbor From Fire

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Boosts Superhero Credentials by Saving Neighbor From Fire

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 12:38PM

Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it his “come to Jesus moment” when he ran into a burning building to save a neighbor’s life.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ice T's 'The Art of Rap' Documentary Gets a Release Date

Ice T’s ‘The Art of Rap’ Documentary Gets a Release Date

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 11:42AM

The film is set to hit theaters nationwide on June 15th.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Caine's Arcade' Video Raises Over 135K for Boy's College Fund

‘Caine’s Arcade’ Video Raises Over 135K for Boy’s College Fund

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 11:16AM

Sometimes the real world takes notice.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

BET Launching New Daily Show-Style Satire Starring Former CNN Anchor T.J. Holmes

BET Launching New Daily Show-Style Satire Starring Former CNN Anchor T.J. Holmes

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 5:45PM

Former CNN weekend anchor T.J. Holmes will host a late night comedic news show on BET later this year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ABC Bleeps Whoopi Goldberg While Advocating Journalists Be Able to Say N-word [Video]

ABC Bleeps Whoopi Goldberg While Advocating Journalists Be Able to Say N-word [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 4:47PM

Whoopi Goldberg was responding to comments CNN’s Don Lemon made earlier in the week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sketch Comedy Troupe Takes On Mary J. Blige Burger King Commercial

Sketch Comedy Troupe Takes On Mary J. Blige Burger King Commercial

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 4:22PM

New York based sketch comedy troupe Second City bring you the secretly obtained video of Mary J Blige commercials for Burger King.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: 'Zimmerman Confronted Martin'

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: ‘Zimmerman Confronted Martin’

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 3:40PM

At the hearing Judge Herr said “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an action that’s been widely debated by lawyers on both sides.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Gunmen Ambush and Kill Two Immigrants in Arizona

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 3:07PM

Two people were killed on Sunday night by “an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles” that ambushed a truck carrying undocumented immigrants near the U.S.- Mexico border.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

PS22 Chorus Documentary Heads to Tribeca Film Festival [Trailer]

PS22 Chorus Documentary Heads to Tribeca Film Festival [Trailer]

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 2:30PM

The documentary will give viewers a glimpse into some of the kids’ lives.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW