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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.

Trayvon's Mom on Zimmerman Shooting: 'I Believe it was an Accident'

Trayvon’s Mom on Zimmerman Shooting: ‘I Believe it was an Accident’

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 11:53AM

When the host asked what she would tell Zimmerman if she came face to face with him, Fulton said she thought a person should apologize if they are remorseful. Then she said she believed it was an accident and things got out of control.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Lawyer Says Zimmerman Can't Go To 7-11 Safely. The 7-11 Where Trayvon Bought Skittles? [Video]

Lawyer Says Zimmerman Can’t Go To 7-11 Safely. The 7-11 Where Trayvon Bought Skittles? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 8:07PM

George Zimmerman’s new attorney Mark O’Mara just said he can’t imagine what it’s like to hated like his client and not be able to do things like go to 7-11.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's Mother: 'I Want to Say Thank You From My Heart to Your Heart'

Trayvon’s Mother: ‘I Want to Say Thank You From My Heart to Your Heart’

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 6:56PM

“I want to thank God. We simply wanted an arrests, we wanted nothing more and nothing less, and we got it. And I say Thank You,” Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton said at a press conference.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin Shooting

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 6:06PM

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin is being charged with murder in the 2nd Degree, Angela B. Corey, the special prosecutor, said on Wednesday at a press conference held in Jacksonville, Florida. Corey also noted Zimmerman is in custody.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Deportation Video Wins White House Contest, But Disappears

Deportation Video Wins White House Contest, But Disappears

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 5:01PM

The Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders office received over 200 submissions and narrowed it down to 11 videos the public could vote on. But the video with the most votes was ignored in the end.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 2:24PM

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a law enforcement official close to the investigation tells the Washington Post.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman Losing Weight and 'Over the Edge,' Martin Family Afraid He's a Flight Risk

Zimmerman Losing Weight and ‘Over the Edge,’ Martin Family Afraid He’s a Flight Risk

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 1:54PM

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s family, says his legal team had always warned that George Zimmerman may “become a flight risk,” but that they are specially concerned now that nobody knows where Zimmerman is.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Caine's Arcade Is the Happiest Place in East L.A. Right Now [Video]

Caine’s Arcade Is the Happiest Place in East L.A. Right Now [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 12:32PM

9-year-old Caine Monroy, who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Senior in Nursing Home React to Listening to Music From His Era

Watch Senior in Nursing Home React to Listening to Music From His Era

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 11:58AM

“Alive Inside” tells a story of hope and beauty in a place where they are hard to find. Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, the film looks at the power music has to “awaken” the minds of seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia living in nursing homes that have been considered closed.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

8-Year-Old Filipino Girl Covers Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 11:32AM

Fitri Cerado is an 8-year-old Filipino girl with a great voice.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Sweet Brown, the New Black Internet Meme That's Going Viral [Video]

Meet Sweet Brown, the New Black Internet Meme That’s Going Viral [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 10:56AM

“There is nothing the Internets loves more than making a Black person appearing to be a complete fool.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pasadena Leaders Say They Have Their Own Trayvon, Rally at City Hall

Pasadena Leaders Say They Have Their Own Trayvon, Rally at City Hall

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 10:28AM

More than 100 demonstrators rallied in front of the steps of city hall on Tuesday in support of justice for an unarmed teen that was killed by Pasadena Police on March 24th.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Maricopa County’s Former Top Prosecutor Andrew Thomas Disbarred

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 5:35PM

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his onetime deputy, Lisa Aubuchon, will be disbarred effective May 10 by the Arizona ethics panel for failed corruption probes.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Lawyers Lose Contact, Withdraw From Case

George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Lose Contact, Withdraw From Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 4:50PM

Attorney Craig Sonner said Tuesday in a news conference they haven’t heard from George Zimmerman since Sunday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Activist Challenges Georgia 'Kill at Will' Law in Federal Suit

Activist Challenges Georgia ‘Kill at Will’ Law in Federal Suit

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 3:49PM

Lawsuit says African Americans have disproportionate chance to be killed under kill at will laws.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Rick Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign, Leaves Behind A Bunch of Racist Gaffes

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 2:59PM

The former Pennsylvania Senator leaves behind a few (some of them racist?) gems for us to go down memory lane with.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Baseball's Ozzie Guillen on Fidel Castro: 'I Betrayed My Latin Community'

Baseball’s Ozzie Guillen on Fidel Castro: ‘I Betrayed My Latin Community’

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 2:19PM

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for five games Tuesday because of comments he made about Fidel Castro in a recent Time Magazine interview.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney Escapes Green Bay Man's Questions About Mormonism and Race [Video]

Romney Escapes Green Bay Man’s Questions About Mormonism and Race [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 12:40PM

The first question for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisc. on April 2nd came from a man who wanted to quote the Book of Mormon.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

BYU: Same Sex Crushy Feelings Are Okay, Just Don't Act On Them

BYU: Same Sex Crushy Feelings Are Okay, Just Don’t Act On Them

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 11:14AM

A collective of LGBT students at Brigham Young University, the nation’s largest religious university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have created a video that speaks to other LGBT mormon youth.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Zimmerman Goes Public, Launches Website to Raise Funds

Zimmerman Goes Public, Launches Website to Raise Funds

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 10:29AM

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, has started a website and is soliciting donations.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin