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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.

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

by Jorge Rivas on March 7 2012, 1:49PM

Almost all of the 30 million iPads sold last year were manufactured overseas and a consumer watchdog isn’t convinced Apple is doing everything they can to improve labor conditions in those factories.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

by Jorge Rivas on March 7 2012, 12:42PM

African American students in Los Angeles are being suspended at a proportionally higher rate than in the nation’s other largest school systems.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

DREAMers Interrupt Romney's Massachusetts Victory Rally [Video]

DREAMers Interrupt Romney’s Massachusetts Victory Rally [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 7 2012, 10:35AM

The presidential hopeful celebrated his wins in Massachusetts but his victory speech was interrupted twice by DREAM Act supporters.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

SXSW: Will You Be in Austin? Connect with Colorlines.com

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 4:12PM

Will you be in Austin next week?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Georgia Senate Bans Undocumented Students from Public Colleges

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 3:15PM

On Monday the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would ban undocumented students from Georgia’s 60 public colleges.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Turns Out One of Anonymous' Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who's Been Working With FBI for Months

Turns Out One of Anonymous’ Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who’s Been Working With FBI for Months

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 2:10PM

Fox News is reporting a leader of an Anonymous offshoot, that’s believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by Hector Xavier Monsegur.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

McDonald's Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

McDonald’s Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 1:51PM

On Tuesday, McDonald’s denied participating in a campaign called “Three Strikes, You’re In!” that rewarded New Yorkers who have been victims of NYPD’s stop and frisk policies with a Happy Meal.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kris Humphries’ Sister Signs on to Ford’s Plus Size Model Division

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 1:04PM

Kaela, Kris Humphries’ older sister, has signed on with Ford Model’s Plus Size division.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rush Limbaugh's Lost 20 Advertisers -- But Experts Expect They'll Be Back

Rush Limbaugh’s Lost 20 Advertisers — But Experts Expect They’ll Be Back

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 11:12AM

Five more advertisers announced they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, bringing the total number to 20.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Ann Romney: 'We Can Be Poor in Spirit' [Video]

Ann Romney: ‘We Can Be Poor in Spirit’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 10:16AM

The couple made $20.9 million last year, making more in a day than an average American makes in a year.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Lakota Indians Block 'Keystone XL Pipeline' Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

Lakota Indians Block ‘Keystone XL Pipeline’ Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

by Jorge Rivas on March 6 2012, 7:17AM

Five Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested Monday after attempting to block two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Casting for Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Starts Saturday

Casting for Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Starts Saturday

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2012, 6:47PM

The Broadway musical titled “Holler If Ya Hear Me” inspired by and featuring the music of the late Tupac Amaru Shakur is finally headed to Broadway!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Disney's Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy, White Sleeping Beauty Hawks Vanilla

Disney’s Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy, White Sleeping Beauty Hawks Vanilla

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2012, 6:14PM

The White Disney princess decorates the vanilla flavored side; the Black character decorates the watermelon flavored side. Stereotype much?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lawsuit Alleges Paula Deen Wanted Nigg*rs in Bow Ties Serving at Wedding

Lawsuit Alleges Paula Deen Wanted Nigg*rs in Bow Ties Serving at Wedding

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2012, 4:10PM

A lawsuit by a former employee is accusing Deen and her brother of using the N-word, sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress and assault, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cholafied: A Tumblr with Pop Stars in ‘Chola Makeup’

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2012, 1:34PM

Take a look at “Cholafied,” a Tumblr that gives today’s celebrities “sharpy eyebrows” and black lipliner.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Man Who Died in Massive Honduras Prison Fire Was Accidentally Deported

Man Who Died in Massive Honduras Prison Fire Was Accidentally Deported

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2012, 11:42AM

The fire was the largest and worst prison fire in Latin American history

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration, /NOW

Baltimore Mayor Prevents Police From Asking About Immigration Status

Baltimore Mayor Prevents Police From Asking About Immigration Status

by Jorge Rivas on March 5 2012, 10:55AM

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed executive order prohibiting police officers from asking people they come in contact with about their immigration status.

Topics: /NOW

Report Finds Black Families Greatly Overrepresented Among U.S. Homeless

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 5:22PM

In 2010, one out of every 141 black family members stayed in a homeless shelter, a rate seven times higher than members of white families.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Black Youth Disproportionately Sentenced to Life Without Parole [Report]

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 4:18PM

The report found the racial dynamics of victims and offenders may play a key role in determining which offenders are sentenced to juvenile life without parol.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

DREAMer Arrested for Interrupting NC Immigration Hearing Still in Custody

DREAMer Arrested for Interrupting NC Immigration Hearing Still in Custody

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 3:20PM

Alberto was arrested after a Wednesday protest at the legislature.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW