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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.

Obama Responds to Deaf Student in Sign Language

Obama Responds to Deaf Student in Sign Language

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 12:55PM

Stephon, a 26-year-old Prince George’s Community College student signed to President Obama “I am proud of you.” The president, almost involuntary, instinctively, immediately signed back with a thank you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Calif. State Schools Slash Spring Admission in Big Hit to Students of Color

Calif. State Schools Slash Spring Admission in Big Hit to Students of Color

by Jorge Rivas on March 21 2012, 12:10PM

The majority of students locked out of enrolling in the Spring are mainly transfers from community colleges who are overwhelmingly students of color.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

NASCAR is Looking for an Ad Agency to Tell Latinos They're Bienvenidos at Daytona

NASCAR is Looking for an Ad Agency to Tell Latinos They’re Bienvenidos at Daytona

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 4:15PM

The family owned group that governs multiple auto racing sports events is likely looking to bite in the wallets of the fastest growing demographic in the nation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Eminem Video Mash Up Asks: Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Eminem Video Mash Up Asks: Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 1:13PM

Mitt Romney raps to the tune of Eminem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Two Women Turn 'N*ggas in Paris' Into 'B*tches in Bookshops'

Two Women Turn ‘N*ggas in Paris’ Into ‘B*tches in Bookshops’

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 12:11PM

This ‘Watch the Throne’ parody video by La Shea Delaney & Annabelle Quezada will make a book nerds head spin. The brilliants ladies behind this video are La Shea Delaney and Annabelle Quezada.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Trayvon Martin's Girlfriend Talks About Final Call, Justice Dept Steps In

Trayvon Martin’s Girlfriend Talks About Final Call, Justice Dept Steps In

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 11:41AM

Trayvon Martin’s friend describes his last moments as a young man who was afraid to run.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

SXSW 2012 Highlights: Music, Films, and Talks To Remember

SXSW 2012 Highlights: Music, Films, and Talks To Remember

by Jorge Rivas on March 20 2012, 11:04AM

Jorge Rivas brings you a few highlights from SXSW.

Topics: Arts & Culture, SXSW

Black Militia Plans to Make Citizen’s Arrest of Trayvon Martin’s Shooter

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 5:39PM

The leader of the Atlanta, Georgia group says they’ll travel to Florida this week to attempt a citizen’s arrest on Zimmerman.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Trayvon Martin Petition Calls for Federal Help After Fla. State Attorney Decision

Trayvon Martin Petition Calls for Federal Help After Fla. State Attorney Decision

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 4:05PM

According to ColorOfChange, Sanford police have moved Martin’s case over to the State’s Attorneys office who is claiming that there is not enough evidence to support even a manslaughter conviction.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Set To Announce First Global Endorsement Deal with Volvo

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 3:42PM

Although Jeremy Lin sports Nike shoes during games and is said to be in the works to create his own show with the athletic wear company, he has yet to announce any major endorsements.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin, /NOW

Woman Behind 'Don't Re-Nig 2012' Stickers Insists They're Not Racist

Woman Behind ‘Don’t Re-Nig 2012’ Stickers Insists They’re Not Racist

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 1:46PM

The online store that originally started selling “Don’t Re-Nig 2012” stickers has been taken down but now a second site is selling the bumper stickers and the owner has no qualms about selling the sticker.

Topics: /NOW

Trayvon Martin Shooter 'Focused on Young, Black Males', Says New Report

Trayvon Martin Shooter ‘Focused on Young, Black Males’, Says New Report

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2012, 12:20PM

Zimmerman was described by neighbors as a “mild-mannered neighbor who fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

As iPads Bolster Apple Shares, Demonstrators Prepare for Nationwide Protests

As iPads Bolster Apple Shares, Demonstrators Prepare for Nationwide Protests

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 4:56PM

As Apple’s market grows, demonstrators are calling on Apple to create a worker protection strategy to prevent workplace abuse, injury, and death in the factories that produce new iPad and iPhones.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, /NOW

March Madness Crowd Chants 'Where's Your Green Card' at Latino Player

March Madness Crowd Chants ‘Where’s Your Green Card’ at Latino Player

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 3:34PM

When Kansas State’s point guard Angel Rodriguez (who’s Puerto Rican) went to take the line some in the crown started chanting “Where’s your green card?”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rihanna on Working With Chris Brown: 'It's Music and It's Innocent'

Rihanna on Working With Chris Brown: ‘It’s Music and It’s Innocent’

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 1:51PM

Rihanna was a guest on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Thursday morning and said she decided to work with Chris Brown again because he’s the “hottest R&B artist out right now.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Race Discussions Blow Up at SXSW Premiere of LA Riots Documentary

Race Discussions Blow Up at SXSW Premiere of LA Riots Documentary

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 11:40AM

A Korean-American that attended the film premiere called out the director for “just showing Koreans with guns.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

American Idol Expels Black Finalist, Puts Criminal Record on Blast

American Idol Expels Black Finalist, Puts Criminal Record on Blast

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 10:22AM

American Idol is about making dreams come true but on Wednesday night’s show producers not only cut some dreams short but they also humiliated a contestant when they put his criminal justice history on blast.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney's Mexican Relatives Wish He'd Get on Board with DREAM Act

Romney’s Mexican Relatives Wish He’d Get on Board with DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 9:56AM

The GOP Presidential candidate’s cousin told Univision he hopes Mitt Romney supports the DREAM Act.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

White Born-Again and Evangelical Christians Dominated Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries

White Born-Again and Evangelical Christians Dominated Alabama and Mississippi GOP Primaries

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 4:20PM

Mississippi has the highest African-American population of any state in the union but on Tuesday’s GOP primary around 8 in 10 Mississippians voters were white evangelical or born-again Christians.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Meet Jimmy, the White Guy Who Made a Video About Why the Philippines is So Awful

Meet Jimmy, the White Guy Who Made a Video About Why the Philippines is So Awful

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 3:33PM

Meet Jimmy Sieczka, the white guy who made a 14-minute video about why he dislikes the Philippines so much.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW