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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.

California Assemblyman Introducing Bill to Counter Federal Secure Communities Program

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2012, 9:46AM

Legislation would counter Secure Communities program by limiting local law enforcement’s role in holding people for immigration authorities.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Anti Choicers Pressure Pink Ribbon Organization to Nix Breast Exams for Poor Women

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 6:58PM

The nation’s largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the US., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will cutoff grants made to Planned Parenthood that were mostly used for breast exams.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

UCSF Denies Kidney to Undocumented Father

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 3:59PM

Oakland resident Jesus Navarro has health insurance and a matching kidney donor but UCSF has denied him the procedure that could save his life because they say there is “no guarantee he will receive adequate follow-up care, given his uncertain status.”

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Here's What a Less Racist 'Vanity Fair' Hollywood Issue Cover Would Look Like

Here’s What a Less Racist ‘Vanity Fair’ Hollywood Issue Cover Would Look Like

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 3:39PM

A few suggestions for Vanity Fair. Illustrated with the help of a little Photoshop.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ICE Confirms DREAMer Yanelli Hernandez Deported to Mexico

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 2:12PM

Yanelli Hernandez, 22, was deported Tuesday from the United States and is now in Mexico.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Jan Brewer Uses Wagging Finger Incident to Raise Money

Jan Brewer Uses Wagging Finger Incident to Raise Money

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 1:54PM

“Scorpions for Breakfast” isn’t the only thing Gov. Jan Brewer is promoting since last week’s finger-wagging incident with President Obama.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

DREAMers Declare Undocumented Youth Mental Health Day

DREAMers Declare Undocumented Youth Mental Health Day

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 1:03PM

Activists say detained DREAMer Yanelli Hernandez needs treatment, not deportation.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Ava Duvernay Becomes First Black Woman to Win Best Director at Sundance

Ava Duvernay Becomes First Black Woman to Win Best Director at Sundance

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 12:33PM

Ava DuVernay won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival for her drama ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ — making her the first black woman to take home the honor.

Topics: /NOW, Sundance

Authors on Tucson's Mexican-American Studies Banned Book List Respond

Authors on Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies Banned Book List Respond

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 10:05AM

Several authors who are on the banned list have made statements.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration, /NOW

Celebrate Love: Happy Fred Korematsu Day!

Celebrate Love: Happy Fred Korematsu Day!

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 6:03PM

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Dad Teaches Kids Everything Counts With Depeche Mode Song [Video]

Dad Teaches Kids Everything Counts With Depeche Mode Song [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 5:35PM

Colombian video artist Dicken Schrader and his kids, Milah and Korben, cover Depeche Mode’s “Everything Counts” on a xylophone, an old Yamaha keyboard and a bunch of homemade improvised instruments.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Indiana’s ‘Right-to-Work’ Final Vote to Take Place Wednesday

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 5:08PM

Unions fear other states will be encouraged to pass similar laws.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Listen: Erykah Badu and Flaming Lips Collaborate on New Track

Listen: Erykah Badu and Flaming Lips Collaborate on New Track

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 2:40PM

The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne tweeted about collaborating with Erykah Badu last week but on Sunday he posted previews of their work online.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

What Would it Cost to Deport All Undocumented Immigrants? $285 Billion

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 2:09PM

Business Insider has gathered data from both ICE and third party reports and estimates a mass deportation campaign over five years would cost $285 billion.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

New Yorker Cover Shows Obama Enjoying Super Bowl of Romney vs. Gingrich

New Yorker Cover Shows Obama Enjoying Super Bowl of Romney vs. Gingrich

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 1:44PM

On newsstands today is the latest “New Yorker” magazine with a cover depicting Obama enjoying a Super Bowl of epic proportions with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich battling out.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

From DREAMs to ARMS: Florida Rep. Pushes Military-Only DREAM Act

From DREAMs to ARMS: Florida Rep. Pushes Military-Only DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 12:14PM

“If these young people are willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America,” Rep. David Rivera said in a statement.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Ice-T’s ‘Art of Rap’ Documentary Finds Distributor and Summer Theatrical Release

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 11:17AM

The Indomina Group has acquired worldwide rights to Ice-T’s documentary “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” the company said Sunday. The movie is expected to have a summer theatrical release. “The Art of Rap is a perfect fit for…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sundance

New Federal Rule Makes LGBT Housing Discrimination Illegal

New Federal Rule Makes LGBT Housing Discrimination Illegal

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 11:04AM

The Obama Administration announced historic new federal rules that will strengthen housing discrimination protections for transgender and other LGBT people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Another Awkward Moment for Sofia Vergara at SAG Awards [Video]

Another Awkward Moment for Sofia Vergara at SAG Awards [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 10:41AM

When Colombian actress Sofia Vergara approached E! News’ red carpet stage, host Giuliana Rancic greeted her with a mariachi calling.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Viola Davis' SAG Speech Shouts Out Segue Institute's 91% Latino Student Body [Video]

Viola Davis’ SAG Speech Shouts Out Segue Institute’s 91% Latino Student Body [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 10:25AM

When Viola Davis won a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actress in a leading role Sunday night her acceptance speech included a special note for the students at Segue Institute of Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help