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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.

First Lady Michelle Obama Strikes the Heisman Pose [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 1:06PM

It’s hard to say who strikes a better Heisman pose, the First Lady or the President.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Comment on Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 12:44PM

The GOP Primary candidates had been silent up until Obama made his comments.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Politics

Obama: 'If I Had A Son He'd Look Like Trayvon'

Obama: ‘If I Had A Son He’d Look Like Trayvon’

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 12:24PM

Obama weighs in on Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mitt Romney Ignores Reporter's Question About Trayvon Martin

Mitt Romney Ignores Reporter’s Question About Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 11:58AM

Sam Youngman, a campaign correspondent for Reuters, says he was ignored when he asked GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney how he would handle Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

White Teen Gets Life in Gruesome Mississippi Hate Crime

White Teen Gets Life in Gruesome Mississippi Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2012, 11:39AM

One day after Deryl Dedmon was sentenced to two life terms in prison after pleading guilty to murder under a state hate crime law, he, and two other teens were charged and pleaded guilty in U.S.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Memphis Grizzlies Stop By St. Jude Children's Hospital for Tea Time

Memphis Grizzlies Stop By St. Jude Children’s Hospital for Tea Time

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 6:30PM

A few big time basketball players from the Memphis Grizzlies stopped by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis last Thursday for tea time with children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cousin of Oscar Grant Shot By Oakland Police Files $10 Million Lawsuit

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 5:44PM

Tony Ray Jones, a 24-year-old man shot and wounded by Oakland police in February, filed a $10 million federal civil rights suit against the city Wednesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Coroner: Whitney Houston Died of Drowning, Heart Disease, and Drug Use

Coroner: Whitney Houston Died of Drowning, Heart Disease, and Drug Use

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 5:27PM

The toxicology report is in.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dharun Ravi's Finally Speaks Out, Denies He Caused Suicide

Dharun Ravi’s Finally Speaks Out, Denies He Caused Suicide

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 5:26PM

Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who was convicted last week of a hate crime for spying on his gay roommate’s date, will make his first primetime television interview on Friday night.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Here’s What ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gun Laws Do, Find Out if Your State Has One

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 4:24PM

Trying to figure out what a ‘stand your ground’ law is? Here’s a brief explanation alongside a list of state that have similar laws that are protecting the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Sanford Police Chief Steps Down Amid Outcry for Trayvon Martin

Sanford Police Chief Steps Down Amid Outcry for Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 3:47PM

Miami Herald is reporting Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee has temporarily removed himself from office Thursday, a day after city commissioners gave him a vote of no confidence.”It is my hope the process would move swiftly and thoroughly through the…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

City of West Hollywood Condemns Bravo's 'Shahs of Sunset'

City of West Hollywood Condemns Bravo’s ‘Shahs of Sunset’

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 2:13PM

The West Hollywood City Council has passed a resolution condemning the new reality television show “The Shahs of Sunset” for perpetuating negative stereotypes about Iranian-Americans.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Asians Were Fastest-Growing U.S. Population in Last Decade, Census Finds‎

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 1:42PM

According to the 2010 Census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010.

Topics: History, /NOW, Politics

Trayvon Martin Petition Surpasses 1 Million Signatures, Supporters Also Sending Skittles to Police Chief

Trayvon Martin Petition Surpasses 1 Million Signatures, Supporters Also Sending Skittles to Police Chief

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 12:59PM

A two-week Change.org petition started by Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, surpassed the one millionth signature mark Thursday morning.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Thousands Take Streets in Protest for Trayvon Martin

Thousands Take Streets in Protest for Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2012, 10:48AM

Official estimates of the number of demonstrators that made it out to demonstrations in New York and Miami have not been released but photos show several hundreds if not thousands of supporters.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Florida Refuses to Suspend Gun License of Trayvon Martin's Shooter

Florida Refuses to Suspend Gun License of Trayvon Martin’s Shooter

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 5:10PM

So not only are Florida officials refusing to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin, now they’re also refusing to suspend his license to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Florida.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Virginia Teacher Who Asked Black Student to Read Poem in ‘Blacker’ Voice Suspended

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 4:29PM

Fairfax County, Virginia school administrators have placed a school teacher on paid administrative leave she asked only black student in class to read a poem in a “blacker” style.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Fla. Rep. Frederica Wilson Calls for Justice on House Floor for Trayvon Martin [Video]

Fla. Rep. Frederica Wilson Calls for Justice on House Floor for Trayvon Martin [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 3:39PM

On Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about Trayvon Martin’s death.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

100 Civil Rights Groups Call on Feds to Investigate NYPD for Spying on Muslims

100 Civil Rights Groups Call on Feds to Investigate NYPD for Spying on Muslims

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 2:41PM

Over 100 civil rights, faith, community, and advocacy groups signed a letter sent on Monday urging the Department of Justice to commence a prompt investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim Americans in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Black Superintendent of Most Diverse School District in Nation Doesn’t Like Blacks, Workers Say

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 2:06PM

Nine employees of the Tukwila School District near Seattle, Washington, have filed complaints of racial discrimination against the districts black superintendent, Ethelda Burke.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth