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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.

Rep. Barbara Lee Recognizes Black HIV/AIDS Awareness on House Floor

Rep. Barbara Lee Recognizes Black HIV/AIDS Awareness on House Floor

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 5:51PM

“We are our brother and sister’s keeper,” - Barbara Lee

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Roland Martin Insists He's Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

Roland Martin Insists He’s Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 5:26PM

During the Superbowl game on Sunday CNN commentator Roland Martin made comments on Twitter that both GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have said could be interpreted to promote violence against gays.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media, /NOW

CDC: 1 in 16 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed with HIV During Their Lifetime

CDC: 1 in 16 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed with HIV During Their Lifetime

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 4:12PM

The impact of HIV has been devastating among black youth, with approximately 40 percent of new infections among blacks now occurring among those between the ages of 13 and 29.

Topics: Health, /NOW

ICE Creates Public Advocate Position to Serve ‘Those in Immigration Proceedings’

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 3:38PM

Advocates say ICE would do better to halt programs like Secure Communities than patch things up with these sorts of minor reforms.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Hoekstra Also has a Weird 'Debbie Spend it Now' Website

Hoekstra Also has a Weird ‘Debbie Spend it Now’ Website

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:54PM

A look at the html code behind the website describes the Asian woman seen in his commercial and website as “yellowgirl.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Univision in Talks With ABC News to Launch 24-hour Cable News Network

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:33PM

A “long-brewing business plan” between the Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc. to create a new 24-hour cable-news channel that will broadcast in English was uncovered by the Washington Post on Tuesday.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

Prop. 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:13PM

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

House GOP Memo: 'Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death' for Blacks

House GOP Memo: ‘Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death’ for Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 12:36PM

A new bill in the House, pushed by the GOP, would separately classify ‘black abortions’ from abortions in general.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

Karen Handel Resigns From Komen Foundation

Karen Handel Resigns From Komen Foundation

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 10:58AM

Karen Handel just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public policy of Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Tuesday morning.

Topics: /NOW, Planned Parenthood

Romney:

Romney: “I Also Feel Government Should Cut Off Funding to Planned Parenthood”

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 10:40AM

In an interview on Monday, when asked whether he thinks Komen should provide funds to Planned Parenthood, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said “I don’t think so.”

Topics: /NOW, Planned Parenthood

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 6:18PM

Viola Davis like you’ve never seen her before.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Komen Founder in 2010 Memoir: Dropping Planned Parenthood Would Be

Komen Founder in 2010 Memoir: Dropping Planned Parenthood Would Be “Turning Our Backs” On Poor Women

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 4:26PM

Just two years ago Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker wrote that cutting funding to Planned Parenthood would be turning “our backs on these women.”

Topics: /NOW, Planned Parenthood

Latinos: Only Group Whose Employment Numbers Have Returned to Pre-Recession Levels

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 3:33PM

The LA Times is reporting that Latinos recovering more quickly from the recession than other demographic groups.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Victor Cruz's Touchdown Salsa Dances May Have Been a Coach's Idea

Victor Cruz’s Touchdown Salsa Dances May Have Been a Coach’s Idea

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 2:32PM

As natural as Victor Cruz seems dancing Salsa on the field it may all have started out as a coach’s idea.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Turns Out Komen Vice Pres. Karen Handel is Anti-Gay Everything

Turns Out Komen Vice Pres. Karen Handel is Anti-Gay Everything

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 10:25AM

Komen for the Cure Vice President Karen Handel is against civil unions, adoptions, and benefits for same sex couples.

Topics: /NOW, Planned Parenthood

Today's Love: Children With Swag Tumblr Might Make Your Eyes Water

Today’s Love: Children With Swag Tumblr Might Make Your Eyes Water

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 5:31PM

Too much cuteness.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Victor Cruz, NFL's New Great Latino Hope, Sports Sombrero at Media Day [Photo]

Victor Cruz, NFL’s New Great Latino Hope, Sports Sombrero at Media Day [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 4:59PM

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wore a sombrero during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pay Attention! Ethnic Studies #WishiLearnedinHS Curriculum Hits Twitter

Pay Attention! Ethnic Studies #WishiLearnedinHS Curriculum Hits Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 3:05PM

Educational policies start trending on Twitter.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Strong U.S. Job Growth Leads to Lowest Black Unemployment in Years

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 2:20PM

Latest jobs report sees biggest drops in black unemployment in years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Three Black Men in One Week

NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Three Black Men in One Week

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 1:46PM

Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot and killed by a NYPD officer yesterday. It’s the third times NYPD shoots and kills a young male this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW