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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.

Magic Johnson to Launch 24-hour Channel with ‘Uplifting Images of African Americans’

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

Magic Johnson is preparing to launch Aspire, a 24-hour channel with a focus on what Johnson called positive, uplifting images of African Americans.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 1:21PM

Close to 47,000 members of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online black civil rights organization, have signed a petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor Vanessa Satten.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

More Violence But Fewer Prosecutions on American Indian Reservations

More Violence But Fewer Prosecutions on American Indian Reservations

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 11:11AM

The country’s 310 Indian reservations have violent crime rates that are more than two and a half times higher than the national average.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Ariz. Sheriff Accused of Threatening to Deport Ex Has Long History of Hate

Ariz. Sheriff Accused of Threatening to Deport Ex Has Long History of Hate

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 10:14AM

For those who follow immigration issues closely Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was already on their radar for a history of having a tough stance on immigration issues.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Suspended ESPN 'Chink in the Armor' Anchor is Married to Asian Woman

Suspended ESPN ‘Chink in the Armor’ Anchor is Married to Asian Woman

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 8:40AM

Max Bretos tweeted his apology over the weekend and added that his wife is Asian.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Love for the First  Black Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier on His Birthday

Love for the First Black Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier on His Birthday

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 6:33PM

The actor turns 85 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

MSNBC Looks at How Deportation Shatters Families [Video]

MSNBC Looks at How Deportation Shatters Families [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 4:00PM

Colorlines.com Editorial Director Kai Wright was a guest on MSNBC’s ‘Up With Chris Hayes.’

Topics: Colorlines Press, Immigration, /NOW

Melissa Harris Perry's Inaugural Guest on MSNBC: Colorlines Family

Melissa Harris Perry’s Inaugural Guest on MSNBC: Colorlines Family

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 3:15PM

Colorlines.com board member Dorian Warren was a guest on the premiere episode of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” show that premiered Saturday.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Ru Paul as Mr. and Mrs. Obama in Honor of Presidents Day [Photo] Photo

Ru Paul as Mr. and Mrs. Obama in Honor of Presidents Day [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 1:57PM

Ru Paul wishes you a very happy Presidents Day.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Unreleased Nicki Minaj Music Video From Her Days Before Stylists and Pink Hair [Video]

Unreleased Nicki Minaj Music Video From Her Days Before Stylists and Pink Hair [Video]

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

Watch Nicki Minaj before the stylists, the rainbow hair colors and the rapid blinking of the eye she’s got in all her music videos these days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Calls ESPN's 'Chink' Slur an 'Honest Mistake'

Jeremy Lin Calls ESPN’s ‘Chink’ Slur an ‘Honest Mistake’

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 10:53AM

Jeremy Lin says the offensive comments made by ESPN employees is no big deal. But a civil rights organization wants the network to apologize on air several times so “it is clear to all viewers that this racist language is unacceptable.”

Topics: Jeremy Lin, Media, /NOW

Who Picks the Oscars? White Men.

Who Picks the Oscars? White Men.

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 9:32AM

An L.A. Times study of Oscar voters finds that their demographics are much less diverse than the moviegoing public.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Oscars 2012

New Mexico's Latina Gov. Fails to Take Away Undocumented Immigrants' Drivers Licenses Again

New Mexico’s Latina Gov. Fails to Take Away Undocumented Immigrants’ Drivers Licenses Again

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 4:58PM

New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s third attempt to repeal a 2003 law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses failed Thursday when the Democratic controlled legislature voted it down.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Oprah Meets Viola Davis' 19-Month-Old Daughter, Genesis [Video]

Oprah Meets Viola Davis’ 19-Month-Old Daughter, Genesis [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 3:36PM

Watch a rare side of Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

History of Bigotry for Radio Hosts Who Called Whitney Houston 'Crack Hoe'

History of Bigotry for Radio Hosts Who Called Whitney Houston ‘Crack Hoe’

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 1:14PM

Latino and Korean groups in Los Angeles have been calling on Clear Channel to fire John & Ken for years.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Whitney Houston

New Snapple Commercial: 'Blatant Racism' Say Commenters Online

New Snapple Commercial: ‘Blatant Racism’ Say Commenters Online

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 11:59AM

A Snapple commercial advertising a new “half & half” lemonade and tea drink is sparking controversy online. Watch the commercial and vote.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Pat Buchanan: Days as Analyst at MSNBC Have 'Come to an End'

Pat Buchanan: Days as Analyst at MSNBC Have ‘Come to an End’

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 11:12AM

In an essay, he cited “an incessant clamor from the left” as the reason for his departure.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Latinos Most Likely Ethnic Group to 'Marry-Out' of Race

Latinos Most Likely Ethnic Group to ‘Marry-Out’ of Race

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 9:11AM

The share of all current marriages that are either interracial or interethnic has reached an all-time high. And Latinos lead the way.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Shootout Between ICE Agents Leaves 1 Dead

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 8:22AM

An argument between an ICE agent and his supervisor escalated into gunfire Thursday evening in Long Beach, Calif. leaving one dead and the other seriously injured.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Mrs. O Surprises Teen on Tour of White House With a Mother's Love

Mrs. O Surprises Teen on Tour of White House With a Mother’s Love

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 6:20PM

“Do well in school, eat your vegetables, listen to your teachers, stay out of trouble, read, listen to your parents,” the First Lady told a young visitor.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW