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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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Yahoo Sports Contributor Uses Yao Ming Picture in Jeremy Lin Story

Yahoo Sports Contributor Uses Yao Ming Picture in Jeremy Lin Story

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 4:51PM

Add this one to the list Jeremy Lin media coverage FAILS.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin, /NOW

Viola Davis at Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon [Photo]

Viola Davis at Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 3:30PM

Viola Davis attended Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Biracial Man Mistakenly Included on Time Mag's Latino Voter Cover

Biracial Man Mistakenly Included on Time Mag’s Latino Voter Cover

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 12:15PM

TIME mistakenly includes a half Chinese and half white guy on their Latino voter cover.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Group Files Paperwork to Find Out Who Gave NYPD Money To Spy

Group Files Paperwork to Find Out Who Gave NYPD Money To Spy

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 11:19AM

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund has submitted Freedom of Information Law requests to obtain public information regarding the sources of funding for these NYPD initiatives.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Georgia Rep. Fights Anti-Abortion Bill with 'Anti-Vasectomy Act'

Georgia Rep. Fights Anti-Abortion Bill with ‘Anti-Vasectomy Act’

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 9:00AM

Black state rep proposes vasectomy limits for men in response to anti-abortion bills sweeping the country.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Nicki Minaj: ' I Would Do a Really Good Job as a Prosecutor'

Nicki Minaj: ’ I Would Do a Really Good Job as a Prosecutor’

by Jorge Rivas on February 23 2012, 9:25AM

Nicki Minaj, 29, appeared on Vogue.com this week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

LAPD Chief Supports Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

LAPD Chief Supports Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on February 23 2012, 9:24AM

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that California should issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Magic Johnson is Bringing 'Soul Train' Back [Video]

Magic Johnson is Bringing ‘Soul Train’ Back [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 4:21PM

Magic Johnson, who once appeared on “Soul Train” himself, is bringing the show back to television.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

UC Davis Students Peppered Sprayed by Campus Police File Lawsuit in Federal Court

UC Davis Students Peppered Sprayed by Campus Police File Lawsuit in Federal Court

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 3:50PM

Nineteen current and former UC Davis students filed a federal lawsuit against UC Davis over the University’s treatment of protesters during a Nov. 2011 demonstration in which campus police were caught on video dousing seated protesters with pepper spray.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Forgive New Mexico Gov's Haircuts, Her Gay Stylist Gave up on Her [Video]

Forgive New Mexico Gov’s Haircuts, Her Gay Stylist Gave up on Her [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 3:18PM

The Latina New Mexico Governor lost get hair stylist because of her stance on same-sex marriage.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Oakland Police Shoot Oscar Grant's Cousin

Oakland Police Shoot Oscar Grant’s Cousin

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 2:18PM

Meanwhile, police decline to file charges in the case of another unrelated shooting of a homeless man. So much for accountability.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

NY Fox 5 News Anchor Wonders How Jeremy Lin's Eyes Hold Up on the Court [Video]

NY Fox 5 News Anchor Wonders How Jeremy Lin’s Eyes Hold Up on the Court [Video]

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

Just days after an ESPNews anchor was suspended for using a racial slur in a Jeremy Lin news story comes New York’s WNYW Fox 5 news anchor making a joke about Lin’s eyes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin, /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae's Dream: HBO with Creative Control [Video]

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae’s Dream: HBO with Creative Control [Video]

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

Issa Rae says she wants to stay online with sponsorships or make it to HBO with full creative control.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pre-Teen Calls Out LeBron James: 'Why Won't You Play in the Dunk Contest' [Video]

Pre-Teen Calls Out LeBron James: ‘Why Won’t You Play in the Dunk Contest’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 12:20PM

This young man from Portland, Oregon has a message for LeBron James: “Don’t let my Saturday night go to waste, man.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Brown's First Line in New Rihanna Song: 'Been a Long Time, I've Been Missing Your Body' Infographic

Chris Brown’s First Line in New Rihanna Song: ‘Been a Long Time, I’ve Been Missing Your Body’

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 12:05PM

Perhaps it’s time Rihanna visit her 2009 interview with Diane Sawyer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Chris Brown, /NOW

Facebook Adds 'Ethnic' Tab to its Ad-Buying Platform; Latinos First Group Targeted

Facebook Adds ‘Ethnic’ Tab to its Ad-Buying Platform; Latinos First Group Targeted

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 10:00AM

This marks the first time Facebook has allowed marketers a direct means of targeting ethnic groups.

Topics: Media, /NOW

It's Much Harder for Black and Latino Workers to Retire, Study Finds

It’s Much Harder for Black and Latino Workers to Retire, Study Finds

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 9:27AM

Elder poverty rates are twice as high among Blacks and Latinos compared to the U.S. population as a whole.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

L.A. County: Sorry for Tens of Thousands of Deportations in Depression

L.A. County: Sorry for Tens of Thousands of Deportations in Depression

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 8:38AM

L.A. County Board of Supervisors formally apologized for deporting “tens of thousands of Mexicans and Mexican Americans living in L.A. County” during the Depression because they were supposedly taking jobs from white U.S. born citizens.

Topics: History, /NOW

Listen to Lost Malcolm X Speech, 50 Years Later

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 4:37PM

On Feb. 21, 1965, the former Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X was assasinated. He was 39.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Court Slows Deported Dad's Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

Court Slows Deported Dad’s Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 3:42PM

The petition calls on the Department of Social Services in Allegheny County, NC. to ensure that Felipe Montes, a single-father who was deported to Mexico, not be permanently separated but instead be reunified with his three sons in the United States or Mexico.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW