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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.

Kai Wright on MSNBC Discussing Character Assassination of Trayvon [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 3:54PM

Colorlines.com’s editorial director Kai Wright was a guest on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” on Sunday to discuss the racial tensions being played out in media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Whitney Houston's Final Film: 'Sparkle' Trailer Released [Video]

Whitney Houston’s Final Film: ‘Sparkle’ Trailer Released [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 3:21PM

The film follows three sisters as they form a succesful singing group and deal with the fallout of fame and drugs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Trayvon Hashtag Makes Real Life Appearance at Miami Protest… on Man’s Mohawk

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 2:31PM

Mohawk Gaz spray painted a picture of Trayvon Davis on one side of his mohawk and “#Trayvon” on the other side.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's Parents Accept Geraldo's Hoodie Apology, Still Must Defend Son

Trayvon’s Parents Accept Geraldo’s Hoodie Apology, Still Must Defend Son

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 2:14PM

The apology was reminiscent to an apology made last week by Rivera which apologized for causing offense but not for his initial statements.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin's Mom Gets Close to 70k Twitter Followers in Just 2-Weeks

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Gets Close to 70k Twitter Followers in Just 2-Weeks

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 11:32AM

Call it a sign of the times but Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, has joined Twitter to call attention to her fight to get justice for her son.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

First Lady Michelle Obama Best Dressed at Kids Choice Awards

First Lady Michelle Obama Best Dressed at Kids Choice Awards

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 11:23AM

The First Lady wore skinny jeans that were painted with metallic paint that were designed by a 25-year-old American designer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Forensic Experts Say Screams on 911 Call Are Not George Zimmerman's

Forensic Experts Say Screams on 911 Call Are Not George Zimmerman’s

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 9:31AM

Two of the nations leading forensic voice identification experts say it was not George Zimmerman who was heard crying for help in the 911 call recordings in the moments before Trayvon Martin was killed.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Readers Answer: How Would They Use Their Mega Millions for Good?

Readers Answer: How Would They Use Their Mega Millions for Good?

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 6:04PM

We asked Colorlines.com readers what they would do if they won tonight’s mega million jackpot. Here are the answers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE Finally Gives Congress Data on Number of Parents Deported

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 4:16PM

But Colorlines.com had it months ago in “Shattered Families.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Did Rick Santorum Just Almost Call the President the N-Word? [Video]

Did Rick Santorum Just Almost Call the President the N-Word? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 3:22PM

At a campaign stop in Janesville, Wisconsin on Tuesday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum came pretty close uttering the N-word when describing President Obama.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Trayvon Shooting Becomes First Story to Surpass Election Coverage in Media

Trayvon Shooting Becomes First Story to Surpass Election Coverage in Media

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 2:44PM

While all three sectors of media were suddenly focused on the same event their focus varied. Blogs had a lot to with the role of race being part of the story.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

If You Win the Mega Millions, What's the First Thing You'll Do For Social Justice?

If You Win the Mega Millions, What’s the First Thing You’ll Do For Social Justice?

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 2:22PM

So let’s say you win the Mega Million jackpot tonight, what’s the first thing you’ll do for social justice?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Snoop Dogg's Daughter Brags About Being a Daddy's Girl in New Song

Snoop Dogg’s Daughter Brags About Being a Daddy’s Girl in New Song

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 12:09PM

Cori B. debuts her 3rd Single “Daddy’s Girl” featuring her Dad, Snoop Dogg.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Malia Calls President Obama's Hairstyling Skills a 'Disaster' [Video]

Malia Calls President Obama’s Hairstyling Skills a ‘Disaster’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 11:45AM

President Obama had dinner with a few of his re-election campaign supporters and shared a pretty amazing story about a 4-year-old Malia Obama.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

White Supremacist Hacks Trayvon Martin's Email, Posts Private Messages

White Supremacist Hacks Trayvon Martin’s Email, Posts Private Messages

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 5:15PM

A white supremacist hacker says he’s logged in to Trayvon Martin’s Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace, and Twitter accounts. The hacker, who goes by the name Klanklannon, has made it clear his intention is to smear Martin’s reputation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Racists Discover Pinterest

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 4:40PM

Pinterest, the most talked about start-up of the spring, didn’t catch on at the White House quick enough because someone has signed up for the photo sharing site with the username Obama… and the user picture is that of a primate.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Spike Lee Tweets Wrong Zimmerman Address; Says Sorry to Elderly Couple Forced to Move

Spike Lee Tweets Wrong Zimmerman Address; Says Sorry to Elderly Couple Forced to Move

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 3:14PM

Spike Lee is doing the right thing. He’s apologizing for retweeting the wrong home address he thought belonged to George Zimmerman.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Oprah Wants to Talk to Zimmerman: 'Justice Needs to be Served'

Oprah Wants to Talk to Zimmerman: ‘Justice Needs to be Served’

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 2:15PM

“It is a tragedy and it is a shame that we’re sitting here 33 days later and there hasn’t been an arrest, or questioning of what actually happened,” Oprah said recently about the Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Despite New Video, Zimmerman's Father Still Blames Trayvon Martin

Despite New Video, Zimmerman’s Father Still Blames Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 11:20AM

Police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 5:13PM

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund can help you file a Freedom of Information Law request to find out if the NYPD has been spying on you.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying