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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.

One Small Step for Vanity Fair: Sofia Vergara on Cover of TV Issue

One Small Step for Vanity Fair: Sofia Vergara on Cover of TV Issue

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 6:15PM

The good thing: Sofia Vergara made the cover in one of those entertainment industry round up covers. The bad thing: black actresses still got pushed to back.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Lawyer Cites 'Shaken Baby Syndrome' in Trayvon Martin Shooting

George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cites ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ in Trayvon Martin Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 5:59PM

Hal Uhrig, a lawyer and former Gainesville, Florida, police officer who is representing George Zimmerman made an appearance on CBS’s “This Morning” last week and shared a glimpse of their defense.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton Dons Hoodie, Speaks Out for Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 4:18PM

From Common, P Diddy to the entire Miami Heat basketball team, celebrities from across the entertainment and sports industries have spoken out publicly in support of justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sources Say  Zimmerman Could be Arrested This Week

Sources Say Zimmerman Could be Arrested This Week

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 1:10PM

WFTV.com on Monday reported that two different sources have said Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman could be arrested this week, and that a Grand Jury will not meet on Tuesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Sean Bell's Fiancée Writes Open Letter to Trayvon Martin's Parents

Sean Bell’s Fiancée Writes Open Letter to Trayvon Martin’s Parents

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 11:55AM

The fiancée of Sean Bell, the Queens man who was shot and killed by police outside a strip club on the night before his wedding in 2006, recently wrote an open letter to the parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tulsa Cops Not Ready to Call Shooting Spree Racially Motivated

Tulsa Cops Not Ready to Call Shooting Spree Racially Motivated

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 11:45AM

Investigators work to determine whether the deadly Tulsa attacks were racially motivated. Police say one suspect may have been seeking revenge for his father’s death two years ago.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Police Blame Man Whose 911 Call Led Cops to Kill Unarmed Black Teen

Police Blame Man Whose 911 Call Led Cops to Kill Unarmed Black Teen

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 10:06AM

The shooting death of a black teen started out with a 911 call from Oscar Carrillo, who told the dispatcher his laptop was stolen at gunpoint by two armed men. But the men who allegedly robbed him never had a gun and now police want to charge him with manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Invisible Children Release Kony 2012 Update With 'More Details and Context'

Invisible Children Release Kony 2012 Update With ‘More Details and Context’

by Jorge Rivas on April 6 2012, 10:22AM

The organization released an update today which is said to offer more details and context about the conflicts in Uganda.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, /NOW

Burger King Apologizes for Mary J. Blige Chicken Ad

Burger King Apologizes for Mary J. Blige Chicken Ad

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2012, 11:32AM

Burger King has apologized for releasing an ad featuring Mary J. Blige singing about Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Orleans: All Four Danziger Bridge Cops Sentenced to 40-65 Years

New Orleans: All Four Danziger Bridge Cops Sentenced to 40-65 Years

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2012, 11:04AM

On Wednesday the Justice Department announced five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Some Skeptical of Perfect College Rate at Chicago's Urban Prep

Some Skeptical of Perfect College Rate at Chicago’s Urban Prep

by Jorge Rivas on April 4 2012, 10:05AM

The school has made international headlines year-after-year for their perfect college going rates—including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey show—but skeptics say there may a lot more to the success story that we don’t know about.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Department of Justice Cuts Off Negotiations With Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Department of Justice Cuts Off Negotiations With Sheriff Joe Arpaio

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 5:18PM

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has cut off negotiations with Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Watch Mary J. Blige's Pulled 'Crispy' Chicken Burger King Commercial [Video]

Watch Mary J. Blige’s Pulled ‘Crispy’ Chicken Burger King Commercial [Video]

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

“Crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing wrapped up in a tasty, flour tortilla,” Mary J. Blige sings in a new Burger King commercial that premiered on Monday. But on Tuesday the ad disappeared.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

 Oprah on OWN:

Oprah on OWN: “Had I Known it was This Difficult I Might Have Done Something Else”

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 2:32PM

“I didn’t think it was going to be easy. If I knew then what I know now, I might have made some different choices,” Oprah Winfrey told the anchors on”CBS Morning.” She says the most painful thing she’s had to so far is laying off 30 people.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'The Daily Show' Takes on Tucson's Ban on Mexican-American Studies [Video]

‘The Daily Show’ Takes on Tucson’s Ban on Mexican-American Studies [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 1:36PM

The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal traveled to Arizona to interview a Tucson school board member who said he voted for the ban on Mexican-American studies program based on the powerful evidence of hearsay.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Seth Freed Wessler Wins Hillman Prize for Deportation Investigation

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 1:08PM

Colorlines.com investigative reporter Seth Freed Wessler wins the 2012 Hillman Prize for his “Shattered Families” investigation of the intersection of deportation and child welfare.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Immigration, /NOW

Tubas Go Missing Near L.A., Blame the Mexican Banda Black Market

Tubas Go Missing Near L.A., Blame the Mexican Banda Black Market

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 12:17PM

There’s a banda bandit on the loose in Los Angeles.

Topics: /NOW

Rapper David Banner Calls for Policy Changes After Trayvon Martin's Death

Rapper David Banner Calls for Policy Changes After Trayvon Martin’s Death

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 11:13AM

BlackEnterprise.com has an interview with hip-hop artist and producer David Banner discussing his frustrations with Trayvon Martin case and the system that’s allowed the man who shot him to still be walking free.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

ICE Arrest 3k Immigrants in 6 Days, Largest Roundup Ever

ICE Arrest 3k Immigrants in 6 Days, Largest Roundup Ever

by Jorge Rivas on April 3 2012, 10:28AM

Insiders say the mass raids last week and over the weekend are the clearest sign yet that the Administration’s claims to have softened it’s immigration enforcement approach are purely rhetorical.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Today's Love Goes to Myanmar's Freedom

Today’s Love Goes to Myanmar’s Freedom

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 6:55PM

Myanmar’s government confirmed that dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her allies won a sweeping victory in weekend by-elections.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW