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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.

Russell Simmons Says ‘White Bread Dynasty Was in Full Effect’ at Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 3:11PM

Hip-hop pioneer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons published a scathing critique of the film industry Friday and said the problem with those funding movies “is that while they believe in the concept of an all-inclusive, post-racial America, they don’t trust in it enough to bank on it.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 2:08PM

U.S. House of Representative Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois’ Fourth District in the heart of Chicago spoke on the floor of the House earlier this week about recent comments by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 12:35PM

A 37-year-old mother of a 19-month-old girl, was arrested by LAPD officers for trespassing during a foreclosure protest at the home she used to live in.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Blacks and Latinos Still Adopting Smartphones Faster Than Everyone Else

Blacks and Latinos Still Adopting Smartphones Faster Than Everyone Else

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 11:10AM

Smartphone users now outnumber users of more basic mobile phones within the national adult population, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Topics: Media, /NOW

UVA Hunger Strike Ends After 13 Days, Students Claim 'Enormous Victory'

UVA Hunger Strike Ends After 13 Days, Students Claim ‘Enormous Victory’

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 6:35PM

“This is the end of this strike, but it is not the end of the struggle,” the students say.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Republican Mayor Fights Georgia's Anti-Immigrant HB87 [Video]

Republican Mayor Fights Georgia’s Anti-Immigrant HB87 [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 4:55PM

Republican Mayor Paul Bridges of Uvalda, Georgia talks about why he’s against HB 87, an immigration enforcement bill modeled on Arizona’s SB 1070 that passed the state legislature last year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Arpaio Says Obama's Birth Certificate is Fake, Calls for Criminal Investigation

Arpaio Says Obama’s Birth Certificate is Fake, Calls for Criminal Investigation

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 4:20PM

At a press conference on Thursday Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he suspects the birth certificate President Obama released last year is forgery.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Sherri Shepherd on Oscar Red Carpet: Sorry, I'm Not Octavia Spencer [Video]

Sherri Shepherd on Oscar Red Carpet: Sorry, I’m Not Octavia Spencer [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 2:30PM

The View host says she didn’t have the heart to tell people she wasn’t the Oscar winning actor they had in mind.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tea Party Star Andrew Breitbart Is Dead at 43

Tea Party Star Andrew Breitbart Is Dead at 43

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 1:01PM

The conservative writer and a star of the tea party movement was 43.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama: 'I Knew About Jeremy Lin Before You Did and Everybody Else'

Obama: ‘I Knew About Jeremy Lin Before You Did and Everybody Else’

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 11:55AM

In an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons, President Barack Obama said he’s been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon forever.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Don Francisco and 'George Jefferson' Join Television Academy Hall of Fame

Don Francisco and ‘George Jefferson’ Join Television Academy Hall of Fame

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 11:20AM

Actor Sherman Hemsley who played George Jefferson in “The Jeffersons” and Spanish-language variety show host Mario Kreutzberger, aka “Don Francisco,” will be inducted in to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

LAPD Eases Impound Rules for Unlicensed Drivers

LAPD Eases Impound Rules for Unlicensed Drivers

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2012, 10:44AM

The commission called the decision an act of “humanity” and “compassion” toward the city’s undocumented immigrants who are not eligible to apply for a license in the state of California.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Mexican Mitt Romney for President Releases Music Video

Mexican Mitt Romney for President Releases Music Video

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 5:17PM

The fictional character has released a music video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Oklahoma Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre Protests Anti-Abortion Bill with F-Bomb Sign [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 4:53PM

Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre of Tulsa, Oklahoma held up a sign at a protest Tuesday that said “If I wanted the government in my womb I’d fuck a senator.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Ruling for First Death Row Inmate to test North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act Expected Soon

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 3:21PM

The North Carolina law lets prisoners use statistical patterns to try to prove death sentences or jury selections were racially biased.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

As NY Fashion Week Becomes More Diverse, Leaders Want Better Working Conditions for Models

As NY Fashion Week Becomes More Diverse, Leaders Want Better Working Conditions for Models

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 1:30PM

As diversity on the runway increases so is the need for the rights of those models.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

5-Year-Old Stand-Up Comedian's Jokes About 'Growing up Black' Go Viral

5-Year-Old Stand-Up Comedian’s Jokes About ‘Growing up Black’ Go Viral

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 11:52AM

Zay Zay is only 5-years old and he’s got a video of him being cute and then not so cute that’s making the rounds on the interwebs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kamala Harris: In CA. 50% of Foreclosures are Black and Latino and They're Only 30% of Homeowners

Kamala Harris: In CA. 50% of Foreclosures are Black and Latino and They’re Only 30% of Homeowners

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 10:53AM

The Obama for America campaign announced last week California Attorney General Kamala Harris is one of the national co-chairs for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Today’s Love: Friends Who Make Dying Wishes Come True [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2012, 7:18PM

Two friends making each other’s dreams come true.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

UVA Students Want You to Know Their Hunger Strike Fight is Real

UVA Students Want You to Know Their Hunger Strike Fight is Real

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2012, 6:48PM

Strikers say the majority of workers at the university are mostly women and black.

Topics: Economy, /NOW