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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.

Trader Joe’s Finally Agrees to Stand with Immokalee Farmworkers

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 4:13PM

Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced Thursday that they have signed an agreement that formalizes the ways in which Trader Joe’s will work with the CIW and Florida tomato growers to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: 'That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists'

Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: ‘That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists’

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 1:45PM

The interview was more of a heated debate but it offered insight in to the minds of both actresses and how they feel about the criticism ‘The Help’ has received.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Victor Cruz Shakes it to The Roots Playing Salsa on Jimmy Fallon Show [Video]

Victor Cruz Shakes it to The Roots Playing Salsa on Jimmy Fallon Show [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 11:54AM

Victor Cruz was a guest on the ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ show on Wednesday and the Giants’ wide receiver showed of some of his moves to The Roots playing salsa!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jose Antonio Vargas: Demian Bichir in 'A Better Life' Represents Today's 'The Help'

Jose Antonio Vargas: Demian Bichir in ‘A Better Life’ Represents Today’s ‘The Help’

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 11:03AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino-American journalist who revealed he was undocumented in a NY Times Op-Ed last year says Bichir represents the help of today — gardeners, farmhands, and other undocumented workers — at the mercy of present-day laws in Georgia and Alabama.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Actress in Hoekstra's Chinese-Themed Site is Former CA Beauty Queen

Actress in Hoekstra’s Chinese-Themed Site is Former CA Beauty Queen

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 9:21AM

The Asian actress who stars in the DebbieSpentitnow.com is reportedly a 21-year-old Bay Area native, UC Berkeley sociology graduate and Miss Napa Valley.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Fear of Deportation Kept L.A. School's Parents From Reporting Sex Abuse

Fear of Deportation Kept L.A. School’s Parents From Reporting Sex Abuse

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 8:39AM

As the Miramonte Elementary School sex scandal grows, new reports claim that some parents didn’t report their children’s abuse because of their legal status.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Today's Love: Happy Birthday Alice Walker!

Today’s Love: Happy Birthday Alice Walker!

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 6:12PM

Alice Walker turns 68 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sh*t Mitt Romney Says When He's Around Black People: 'Who Let The Dogs Out' [Video]

Sh*t Mitt Romney Says When He’s Around Black People: ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 2:00PM

Mitt Romney was surrounded by a group of African-Americans and asked “who let dogs out?”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Housing Advocates Say Foreclosure Settlement is Too Little, Too Late

Housing Advocates Say Foreclosure Settlement is Too Little, Too Late

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 12:00PM

Advocates say today’s settlement does not do justice for the millions of homeowners who lost their homes or hold the banks fully accountable for their crimes.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Provides Endless Sign Opportunities [Slideshow]

Jeremy Lin Provides Endless Sign Opportunities [Slideshow]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 11:58AM

Let the Linsanity begin with a collection of signs supporting to all star Chinese-American Knicks player.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Jeremy Lin's First NBA Dunk [Video]

Watch Jeremy Lin’s First NBA Dunk [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 10:55AM

Jeremy Lin had another big game last night against the Wizards. Watch He his first NBA dunk above. Asian fan is holding up a sign: “Who says we can’t drive?” Tremendous. It’s all Jeremy Lin all the time— Frank Isola…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Guy In Blackface Asks Brigham Young Students About Black History Month [Video]

Guy In Blackface Asks Brigham Young Students About Black History Month [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 10:17AM

Dave Ackerman, 31, a comedian based in Utah dresses up in blackface and goes to the Brigham Young campus to ask questions about black historical figures.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Activist Patricia Stephens Due Dead at 72

Activist Patricia Stephens Due Dead at 72

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 4:59PM

The 72-year-old, whom they called the Joan of Arc of the civil rights movement in Tallahassee, Fla., succumbed on Tuesday after a long fight with thyroid cancer.

Topics: History, /NOW

Michelle Obama Can Do A Lot More Push-Ups than Jimmy Fallon [Video]

Michelle Obama Can Do A Lot More Push-Ups than Jimmy Fallon [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 3:26PM

First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance on Tuesday night’s “Late Night” and got in to a friendly competition with host Jimmy Fallon….

Topics: Health, /NOW

CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Controversial Super Bowl Tweets

CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Controversial Super Bowl Tweets

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 2:51PM

CNN says Roland Martin will not be appearing on the air anytime soon.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Brown Performing at Grammys on Third Anniversary of Fight with Rihanna

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 2:39PM

Brown’s high profile arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna happened early in the morning that he was slated to perform at the Grammys in 2009.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank Execs Funding Pols Behind Minnesota Voter ID Push

Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank Execs Funding Pols Behind Minnesota Voter ID Push

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 2:16PM

TakeAction Minnesota says that executives from Minnesota’s three largest banks—Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and TC—have bankrolled the politicians who are working to restrict voter rights in the state.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rules for Goldilocks on Sesame Street [Video]

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rules for Goldilocks on Sesame Street [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 1:47PM

Sesame Street gets a visit from one wise Latina.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Starbucks Barista Draws 'Chinky Eyes' on Korean-American Customer's Cup

Starbucks Barista Draws ‘Chinky Eyes’ on Korean-American Customer’s Cup

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

First it was “Ching Chong” at Chick-Fil-A in Irvine then it was it was “Lady Chinky Eyes” at a Papa John’s in Harlem and now a Starbucks Barista in Georgia drawing “chinky eyes” on a cup to identify two Korean-American customers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Bankruptcy Attorneys Report Major Jump in Student Loan Debtors

Bankruptcy Attorneys Report Major Jump in Student Loan Debtors

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 11:11AM

The United States faces a real possibility of another major economic threat on a par with the devastating home mortgage crisis, according to the survey.

Topics: Economy, /NOW