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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.

Everyone Stopped Tweeting During Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney Houston Tribute

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 4:59PM

At the height of the live Grammys broadcast there were 10,901 tweets per second… except during Jennifer Hudson’s performance.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE Will Pay $350K for Immigration Raids in New Haven

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 3:49PM

Eleven men who claimed immigration agents violated their rights in 2007 raids on their New Haven neighborhood have won a $350,000 settlement.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Female Dems Walk Out on House Contraception Hearing After GOP Silences Women

Female Dems Walk Out on House Contraception Hearing After GOP Silences Women

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 2:34PM

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the House Oversight Committee’s hearing after Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) refused to allow women to testify as witnesses on Thursday morning.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten Issues Non-Apology Statement for Publishing Too $hort Video

XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten Issues Non-Apology Statement for Publishing Too $hort Video

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 12:46PM

Satten isn’t saying sorry.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Viola Davis Says Her Mother Has Not Seen 'The Help'

Viola Davis Says Her Mother Has Not Seen ‘The Help’

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 10:30AM

“My mother has yet to see the movie… I think it’s just because — I think it’s painful. You have a whole generation of women who don’t want to be reminded of the past,” Davis said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Actress Lisa Chan Apologizes for Anti-Chinese Hoekstra Ad

Actress Lisa Chan Apologizes for Anti-Chinese Hoekstra Ad

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2012, 9:51AM

Lisa Chan, the 21-year-old actress who appeared in Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s anti-Chinese campaign released an apology Wednesday.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Whitney Houston 'My Love Is Your Love' Cumbia Style [Audio]

Whitney Houston ‘My Love Is Your Love’ Cumbia Style [Audio]

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 6:17PM

DJ Jeremy Sole remixes Whitney Houston’s ‘My Love Is Your Love’ with beats that originate from Colombia’s Caribbean coastal regions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Whitney Houston

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Whitney Houston's Funeral

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Whitney Houston’s Funeral

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 5:36PM

The Topeka, Kansas church is known for protesting funerals of celebrities, soldiers, gays and now Whitney Houston.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Petition Calling on XXL Mag. to Fire Editor Surpasses Signature Goal

Petition Calling on XXL Mag. to Fire Editor Surpasses Signature Goal

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 5:14PM

Just before 10:00am this morning the petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten reached its goal of getting 1,000 signatures.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

1 in 4 children Malnourished, Global Report Says

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 4:41PM

Chronic malnutrition is preventable, but remains deadlier and more widespread than food scarcity, new report says.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Linsanity Hits The White House: 'Obama Marveled at the Deeper Meaning of Lin'

Linsanity Hits The White House: ‘Obama Marveled at the Deeper Meaning of Lin’

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 3:07PM

Obama is said to be ‘very impressed and fully up to speed.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Glee's Amber Riley Covers 'I Will Always Love You' [Video]

Glee’s Amber Riley Covers ‘I Will Always Love You’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 2:20PM

Mercedes stole the spotlight from Rachel on last night’s episode of “Glee.”

Topics: /NOW, Whitney Houston

Ads Airing on Fox News: Keep 'Legal' Immigrants Out Too [Video]

Ads Airing on Fox News: Keep ‘Legal’ Immigrants Out Too [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 1:50PM

A conservative group has launched a campaign to get the Federal government to limit the number of foreign workers that are allowed to enter the country with worker visas.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Red Tails' Isn't Anywhere Near Getting George Lucas His Money Back

‘Red Tails’ Isn’t Anywhere Near Getting George Lucas His Money Back

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 12:02PM

Although George Lucas’ ‘Red Tails’ had a strong opening weekend, the film has not grossed anywhere near what Lucas spent to get the film to theaters.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

TMZ and Entertainment Tonight Report Records Views After Whitney Houston’s Death

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 11:36AM

Entertainment Tonight, which is the longtime leader in the TV news magazine shows, reports record viewership.

Topics: /NOW, Whitney Houston

Jeremy Lin Gets His Own Sports Illustrated Cover

Jeremy Lin Gets His Own Sports Illustrated Cover

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 10:52AM

Now all he needs is a Wheaties box.

Topics: Jeremy Lin, Media, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Scores Game-Winning Three-Pointer With No Time Left [Video]

Jeremy Lin Scores Game-Winning Three-Pointer With No Time Left [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 10:29AM

The Linsanity continues.

Topics: Jeremy Lin, /NOW

'It's Black History Month, Charlie Brown!' with David Alan Grier [Video]

‘It’s Black History Month, Charlie Brown!’ with David Alan Grier [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 5:17PM

Unclear if this is actually a David Alan Grier project (because he couldn’t remember it) but Jimmy Kimmel presented “a clip of a new project [Grier] is working on for Black History Month….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Adele Impersonator Serenades Newt Gingrich at Grammys [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 4:54PM

An Adele impersonator re-works “Someone Like You” for Newt Gingrich.

Topics: Newt Gingrich, /NOW

NYPD 2011 Data Reveals Highest Number of Stop-and-Frisks Ever

NYPD 2011 Data Reveals Highest Number of Stop-and-Frisks Ever

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 4:36PM

Eighty-seven percent of those stopped in 2011 were Black or Latino.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW