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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.

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks 'Rape' Talk

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks ‘Rape’ Talk

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 3:45PM

“We are appalled that this video was disseminated, further contributing to a culture of sexual violence,” say organizers calling on XXL Mag’s publisher to fire the editor.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Whitney Houston's Death a 'Teachable Moment,' Says White House Drug Control Director [Video]

Whitney Houston’s Death a ‘Teachable Moment,’ Says White House Drug Control Director [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 2:37PM

“The drug problem crosses almost every demographic and economic barrier,” Gil Kerlikowske tells CBS News.

Topics: /NOW, Whitney Houston

Viola Davis is Totally Oscar Dress Shopping at Vera Wang Fall 2012 Fashion Show [Photo]

Viola Davis is Totally Oscar Dress Shopping at Vera Wang Fall 2012 Fashion Show [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 2:11PM

Oscar nominee Viola Davis sat next to fashion royalty Andre Leon Talley and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour, at the Vera Wang Fall 2012 fashion show on Tuesday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE to Open Immigration Detention Facility Touted as Model for Reform

ICE to Open Immigration Detention Facility Touted as Model for Reform

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 2:00PM

The facility will hold detainees in “more normalized conditions” with such luxuries as privacy in toilets and showers and expanded access to outdoor recreation.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

An All Whitney Houston Valentine's Day Playlist [Audio]

An All Whitney Houston Valentine’s Day Playlist [Audio]

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 11:09AM

Your Valentine’s day love.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Whitney Houston

Bill O'Reilly on Whitney Houston: Obvious She Destroyed Herself by Taking Drugs and Expired [Video]

Bill O’Reilly on Whitney Houston: Obvious She Destroyed Herself by Taking Drugs and Expired [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2012, 8:19AM

On Monday night O’Reiley told his viewers that Whitney Houston “obviously destroyed herself” and that her death was caused by drug use.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Will Cut 287(g) to Expand Secure Communities in 2013

Obama Will Cut 287(g) to Expand Secure Communities in 2013

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 6:31PM

Homeland Security is set to end the controversial 287(g) program.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

LA Sheriff's Letter to Miramonte Parents: ''We Will Not Ask About Your Immigration Status'

LA Sheriff’s Letter to Miramonte Parents: ”We Will Not Ask About Your Immigration Status’

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 5:33PM

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca on Friday mailed a letter to an estimated 1,400 parents of students at Miramonte Elementary telling them “not to worry about immigration status” if they had any information on the sexual abuse scandal that has…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Linsanity: MSG Shares Climb to Record High, Lin's Jersey NBA's Best-Selling

Linsanity: MSG Shares Climb to Record High, Lin’s Jersey NBA’s Best-Selling

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 3:32PM

Jeremy Lin is turning in to the NBA’s new cash cow and the stock prices for the Madison Square Garden Co., are at a record high.

Topics: Jeremy Lin, /NOW

Victor Cruz Dances Salsa at Grammy's -- But It's No Longer a Category [Video]

Victor Cruz Dances Salsa at Grammy’s — But It’s No Longer a Category [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 2:48PM

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz danced his way through the Grammy’s last night. The irony of it all is that Salsa is no longer it’s own category in the Grammy competition.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

P.S. 22's Denise Gets Stars in her Own Target Commercial [Video]

P.S. 22’s Denise Gets Stars in her Own Target Commercial [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 2:22PM

P.S. 22’s Mr. B confirmed Sunday the amazing singer that stars in the Target commercial is his former student Denise.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Apple's iTunes Accused of Raising Price of Whitney Houston Albums by 60% Within Hours of her Death

Apple’s iTunes Accused of Raising Price of Whitney Houston Albums by 60% Within Hours of her Death

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 1:24PM

Sony Music under fire after cost of greatest hits set on iTunes rises by more than 60% after singer’s death.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Whitney Houston

Next Stop for 'The Help' Broadway? [Video]

Next Stop for ‘The Help’ Broadway? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 12:52PM

A parado musical with clips from the ‘The Help.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Doesn't Need Anyone to 'Teach Him How to Dougie' [Video]

Jeremy Lin Doesn’t Need Anyone to ‘Teach Him How to Dougie’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 11:44AM

NBA’s latest star Jeremy Lin doesn’t need anyone to teach him how to dougie.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Brown Fans Tweet 'He Can Beat Me' During Grammys

Chris Brown Fans Tweet ‘He Can Beat Me’ During Grammys

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 11:28AM

Chris Brown fans say they want to get beat by him on Twitter and show the sad reality of the cycle of violence.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Of Whitney Houston's 6 Grammys, 4 Were Won in Now-Eliminated Categories

Of Whitney Houston’s 6 Grammys, 4 Were Won in Now-Eliminated Categories

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 10:45AM

On April 6, 2011, the Recording Academy announced its decision to consolidate Grammy Awards categories from 109 to 78, leaving more artists of color competing for fewer Awards.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nicki Minaj Walked Grammy Red Carpet with Pope Impersonator Then Levitated on Stage [Video]

Nicki Minaj Walked Grammy Red Carpet with Pope Impersonator Then Levitated on Stage [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2012, 9:02AM

Critics say Nicki Minaj is trying to out-Gaga Lady Gaga.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

R.I.P Whitney Houston... Watch Her Last Performance [Video]

R.I.P Whitney Houston… Watch Her Last Performance [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2012, 8:53PM

Whitney Houston was 48.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Whitney Houston

Happy J-Dilla Day!

Happy J-Dilla Day!

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 5:08PM

James Dewitt Yancey, known in rap circles as Jay Dee or J Dilla, passed away at the age of 32 six years ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Truth with Hasan Minhaj: Jeremy Lin Edition

The Truth with Hasan Minhaj: Jeremy Lin Edition

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 4:58PM

#LINsanity continues.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW