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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.

'The Help' Sweeps SAG Awards, Octavia Spencer Clear Frontrunner for Oscars

‘The Help’ Sweeps SAG Awards, Octavia Spencer Clear Frontrunner for Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 9:50AM

“The Help” took three of the top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, turning it into the movie everyone else has to beat as the Oscar awards approach next month.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Gov. Brewer and Her Wagging Finger: Your Best Captions

Gov. Brewer and Her Wagging Finger: Your Best Captions

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 4:40PM

Your best captions!

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Get Ready for Big Freedia To Shake the U.S. with New Orleans Bounce [Video]

Get Ready for Big Freedia To Shake the U.S. with New Orleans Bounce [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 3:38PM

On Wednesday night Big Freedia brought bounce to national television with a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live late-night talk show. Freedia performed two recent songs, “Excuse” (above) and “Na Who Mad” (below). You can watch the full episode on…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Joe Biden Mocks Indian Accents During Outsourcing Speech

Joe Biden Mocks Indian Accents During Outsourcing Speech

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 2:59PM

During a speech in New Hampshire on Thursday, vice president Joe Biden slipped into an “Indian” accent when talking about “hundreds of thousands” of call center jobs going overseas.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

'Slavery By Another Name' Director Gets 2-Min Standing Ovation at Sundance

‘Slavery By Another Name’ Director Gets 2-Min Standing Ovation at Sundance

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 2:23PM

The Sundance audience at Sam Pollard’s documentary “Slavery By Another Name” gave the director a 2-minute standing ovation after the film premiere.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sundance

Spike Lee's Co-Writer: Nothing Happens Unless White Folks Say So

Spike Lee’s Co-Writer: Nothing Happens Unless White Folks Say So

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 11:01AM

An open letter published yesterday by “Red Hook” co-writer, James McBride, is sure to make headlines because he takes the film community to task.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Migrants Making Journey Through Mexico 'Desperately Need Socks'

Migrants Making Journey Through Mexico ‘Desperately Need Socks’

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 10:48AM

Human rights organization launches new migrant rights campaign urging Mexican authorities to take action.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Obama Says Brewer Wagging Finger 'No Big Deal'

Obama Says Brewer Wagging Finger ‘No Big Deal’

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 10:19AM

Brewer sort of apologizes for her wagging finger, President Obama says it was not big deal and now the Arizona governor’s book is a top seller.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Ten Undocumented Youth Arrested in San Bernardino for Civil Disobedience at DHS Office

Ten Undocumented Youth Arrested in San Bernardino for Civil Disobedience at DHS Office

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 6:10PM

On Tuesday ten undocumented immigrant youth were arrested in San Bernardino, Calif. after practicing non-violent civil disobedience by holding multiple “sit-ins” in front of the Department of Homeland Security building in town.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Azealia Banks Performs at Karl Lagerfeld's House in Paris [Video]

Azealia Banks Performs at Karl Lagerfeld’s House in Paris [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 4:30PM

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for the fashion house Chanel, invited Azealia Banks to play at his house!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Bulldogs Lose Recruit as Georgia Demands He Prove Immigration Status

Bulldogs Lose Recruit as Georgia Demands He Prove Immigration Status

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 3:13PM

Georgia is the second state, after South Carolina, to enact a ban on undocumented students at public colleges.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Caption Contest: What Did Brewer and Her Wagging Finger Tell Obama?

Caption Contest: What Did Brewer and Her Wagging Finger Tell Obama?

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 2:19PM

If the New Yorker can have their caption contests, so can we.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Univision to Obama: Explain to Latinos Why You Didn't Keep Immigration Promise [Video]

Univision to Obama: Explain to Latinos Why You Didn’t Keep Immigration Promise [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 2:14PM

Univision’s María Elena Salinas asked President Obama yesterday to explain to Latinos why he didn’t keep his immigration promise to them.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Junot Díaz to Keynote at Colorlines.com's Facing Race 2012 in Baltimore

Junot Díaz to Keynote at Colorlines.com’s Facing Race 2012 in Baltimore

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 11:49AM

Facing Race is the largest national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, and activists on racial justice.

Topics: Facing Race 2012, /NOW

According to Mitt Romney, God Created the U.S. to Lead the World [Video]

According to Mitt Romney, God Created the U.S. to Lead the World [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 11:42AM

At the second and final “Meet the Candidates” event organized by Univision on Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told news anchor Jorge Ramos the role of the US is to be a leader in freedom among nations.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Groups Want NYPD Chief's Job Over Anti-Muslim Propaganda in Trainings

Groups Want NYPD Chief’s Job Over Anti-Muslim Propaganda in Trainings

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 11:32AM

Propaganda included a film that described the goal of “much of Muslim leadership here in America” is to “infiltrate and dominate” the United States.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

2-Year-Old Black Scientist is Here to Give You a Physics Lesson [Video]

2-Year-Old Black Scientist is Here to Give You a Physics Lesson [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 6:12PM

Thoughtful little Scientist Romanieo Golphin Jr., 2.5 years old, reviews subatomic particles with his dad in the video above. Below he aces an astronomy pop quiz. (h/t News One) We’re ending the day as often as possible by celebrating love….

Topics: /NOW

Racist Tabloid Wednesday: Heidi Klum Divorcing Seal Due to his Inability to Control Temper

Racist Tabloid Wednesday: Heidi Klum Divorcing Seal Due to his Inability to Control Temper

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 5:18PM

In this edition of racist tabloid Wednesday Heidi Klum is divorcing Seal because he’s a jealous, drug and sex addicted black man that can’t control his anger.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Artist Reimagines 'The Help' Poster: 'White People Solve Racism'

Artist Reimagines ‘The Help’ Poster: ‘White People Solve Racism’

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 3:20PM

British movie review site TheShiznit.co.uk has taken the advertising for ‘The Help’ to a whole new level.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

East Haven Immigrant Rights Group Launches Twitter Campaign to Send Mayor Tacos

East Haven Immigrant Rights Group Launches Twitter Campaign to Send Mayor Tacos

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 3:12PM

After four East Haven police officers were arrested Tuesday for allegedly profiling members of the Latino community, the city’s mayor said he was going to have tacos for dinner that night to help Latinos.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration, /NOW