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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.

Comedian W. Kamau Bell Gets His Own Chris Rock-Produced FX Series

Comedian W. Kamau Bell Gets His Own Chris Rock-Produced FX Series

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 3:28PM

Bell is best known for his one-man act, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve Show: Ending Racism In About An Hour” and for telling the very first joke about Barack Obama on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” back in 2005.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sanford City Manager Asks Justice Department to Investigate Entire Police Department

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 2:32PM

The Trayvon Martin case is bringing more scrutiny on the Sanford Police Department.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Canned ESPN Writer Calls Jeremy Lin Meeting 'Incredible'

Canned ESPN Writer Calls Jeremy Lin Meeting ‘Incredible’

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 2:18PM

A member of Jeremy Lin’s family contacted the former ESPN writer who wrote the infamous “Chink in the Armor” headline so the pair could connect.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Wins Shorty Award for Best Webshow

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Wins Shorty Award for Best Webshow

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 1:55PM

The event that is often called the Grammys and Oscars of social media honored the web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” in the best #Webshow category.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Magic Johnson To Become First Black Owner of Major League Baseball Team

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 12:26PM

A group of investors led by Magic Johnson won a bidding war Tuesday and becoming the new owners of the Dodgers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Some Ask if Trayvon's Shooter Was Protected by Father, a Retired Judge

Some Ask if Trayvon’s Shooter Was Protected by Father, a Retired Judge

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 9:55AM

The lead investigator in the Trayvon Martin case recommended his killer, George Zimmerman, be arrested. But he’s still a free man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Asheville Students Don Hoodies and Hijabs for Trayvon and Shaima

Asheville Students Don Hoodies and Hijabs for Trayvon and Shaima

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 6:52PM

Members of the Black Student Association (BSA) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville have joined forces to call attention to the murders of Shaima Alawadi and Trayvon Martin in their community.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

College Board: New Photo ID Requirements for SAT Will Not Affect Undocumented Students

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 4:56PM

The changes will not affect students who may not have access to government-issued IDs, according to The College Board.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Trayvon Martin’s Family Files Papers to Trademark ‘I am Trayvon,’ ‘Justice for Trayvon’

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 3:26PM

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton filed applications last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark two slogans associated with the 17-year-old: “I Am Trayvon,” and “Justice for Trayvon.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Howard University Men in Hoodies School You on Racial Profiling [Video]

Howard University Men in Hoodies School You on Racial Profiling [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 1:57PM

The Howard University men that are part of the Howard Students For Justice group created the video above that asks viewers to check their biases.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked to Divide Gays, Latinos and Blacks

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked to Divide Gays, Latinos and Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 12:17PM

Confidential documents made public on Monday show one of the nations leading anti-gay groups planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage across the country by “fanning the hostility” between black voters and gay voters.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

For the First Time Ever, LAPD Probe Finds Officer Guilty of Racial Profiling

For the First Time Ever, LAPD Probe Finds Officer Guilty of Racial Profiling

by Jorge Rivas on March 27 2012, 11:47AM

A white Los Angeles Police Department officer stopped Latino drivers because of their ethnicity, an internal Los Angeles Police Department investigation has found.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Dad Thanks LeBron James and Miami Heat for Support

Trayvon Martin’s Dad Thanks LeBron James and Miami Heat for Support

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2012, 6:59PM

In an interview with The Associated Press, Tracy Martin thanked the NBA’s Miami Heat for “taking notice” of his son’s, Trayvon Martin, killing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

FBI Joins Investigation of Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death with Tire Iron in San Diego

FBI Joins Investigation of Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death with Tire Iron in San Diego

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2012, 6:21PM

El Cajon, CA police have not been able to identify a suspect in the gruesome murder that took the life of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi mother of five who was beaten to death in her home.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Members of New York Legislature Wear Hoodies to Legislative Session [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2012, 5:20PM

New York State Senator Eric Adams and his colleagues honored Trayvon Martin on Monday by wearing hoodies to the March 26, 2012 Senate legislative session in Albany.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

On Twitter, Hunger Games Fans Demand To Know Why Black Characters Are Black

On Twitter, Hunger Games Fans Demand To Know Why Black Characters Are Black

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2012, 4:31PM

Some ‘Hunger Games’ fans are taking to Twitter demanding to know why some of the black characters in the novel are black in the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Police: Zimmerman Says Trayvon Martin Knocked Him Down, 'Slammed His Head Into Sidewalk'

Police: Zimmerman Says Trayvon Martin Knocked Him Down, ‘Slammed His Head Into Sidewalk’

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2012, 1:52PM

The Orlando Sentinel on Monday morning published the most detailed report to date of what authorities say happened one month ago today when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Classmates Continue to Demonstrate One Month After His Death [Video]

Trayvon Martin’s Classmates Continue to Demonstrate One Month After His Death [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 26 2012, 11:12AM

Students at the high school that Trayvon Martin attended continue to protest.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

People of Color Go On Tumblr To Tell Their 'I Could Be Trayvon' Stories

People of Color Go On Tumblr To Tell Their ‘I Could Be Trayvon’ Stories

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 5:43PM

IcouldBeTrayvon.com asks visitors to share stories and pictures about being racially profiled and how that incident made them feel.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Miami Heat Tweets Team Pic of Hoodies To Support Trayvon Martin

Miami Heat Tweets Team Pic of Hoodies To Support Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 1:59PM

LeBron James tweeted the picture Friday morning.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW