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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.

Welcome Jay Smooth to the Colorlines.com Team!

Welcome Jay Smooth to the Colorlines.com Team!

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 6:14PM

Colorlines.com is excited to announce that Jay Smooth is the newest addition to our crew.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Poll Finds 63 Percent of Latino Voters Personally Know an Undocumented Immigrant

Poll Finds 63 Percent of Latino Voters Personally Know an Undocumented Immigrant

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 3:02PM

Immigration reform is once again the number one political issue for Latino voters.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Mee Moua Politely Schools GOP Senator Jeff Sessions on Separating Families

Mee Moua Politely Schools GOP Senator Jeff Sessions on Separating Families

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 1:34PM

When white men get schooled by Asian women.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Touré Makes the Case Against Calling Immigrants 'Illegals' on MSNBC

Touré Makes the Case Against Calling Immigrants ‘Illegals’ on MSNBC

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 11:53AM

And he used Martha Stewart as an example.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Obama's New Labor Nominee Gave Him a Long Thank You en Español

Obama’s New Labor Nominee Gave Him a Long Thank You en Español

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 3:06PM

Perez, 51, the son of Dominican immigrants thanked the president in Spanish and English early in his address.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

AFL-CIO Praises Obama's Perez Pick

AFL-CIO Praises Obama’s Perez Pick

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 2:10PM

President Obama announced Monday that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Gets Official Release Date

Oscar Grant Film ‘Fruitvale’ Gets Official Release Date

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 1:49PM

“Fruitvale,” written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler will be released on October 18th. The Sundance grand jury prize for dramatic film winner depicts the final 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant—the 22-year-old Oakland, Calif., resident…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NYPD Issues Memo Ordering Cops to Run Criminal Checks on Domestic Abuse Victims

NYPD Issues Memo Ordering Cops to Run Criminal Checks on Domestic Abuse Victims

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 11:52AM

The new directive could further dissuade victims from coming forward.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

A Tribe Called Red Brings Dubstep Powwows to SXSW

A Tribe Called Red Brings Dubstep Powwows to SXSW

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 5:25PM

Ottawa based Native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red will play South by Southwest on Friday and Saturday nights.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Maryland House of Delegates Votes to End Death Penalty

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 2:44PM

Maryland is now the first state below the Mason-Dixon Line to abolish the death penalty.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Family of Slain Woman Killed by Chicago Police Officer's Aimless Shots Wins $4.5 Million

Family of Slain Woman Killed by Chicago Police Officer’s Aimless Shots Wins $4.5 Million

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 1:31PM

On Wednesday, close to a year after her death, the Chicago City Council approved a $4.5 million settlement for Boyd’s family.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kimani Gray's Mother Speaks: 'He Was Slaughtered'

Kimani Gray’s Mother Speaks: ‘He Was Slaughtered’

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2013, 11:25AM

Carol Gray told reporters that her son was slaughtered.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Today Marks the 5 Millionth ‘Stop-And-Frisk’ by NYPD Under Bloomberg, Says NYCLU

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2013, 1:34PM

The majority of stop-and-frisks victims are black and Latino—and 89% of stops result in no arrest of ticket.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Las Cafeteras Bring Activism and (Good!) Music to SXSW [VIDEO] Play

Las Cafeteras Bring Activism and (Good!) Music to SXSW [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2013, 11:02AM

Their mission is to learn, share, and practice the beauty, culture and energy of Son Jarocho music for the purpose of building autonomous communities.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, SXSW

NYPD Kills Teen Who Witness Says Was Just Adjusting Belt

NYPD Kills Teen Who Witness Says Was Just Adjusting Belt

by Jorge Rivas on March 12 2013, 11:53AM

NYPD says the shot the teen 11 times because he was reaching for a gun. But eyewitnesses say the teen was just running for his life.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

SXSW: Who's Making Money From Their YouTube? Not Black People

SXSW: Who’s Making Money From Their YouTube? Not Black People

by Jorge Rivas on March 11 2013, 2:15PM

YouTube was celebrated as the great equalizer for marginalized groups in the media but the video sharing platform is not that much different than old media.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, SXSW

12 SXSW Panels, Films and Concerts That Deserve Your Attention

12 SXSW Panels, Films and Concerts That Deserve Your Attention

by Jorge Rivas on March 8 2013, 9:55AM

South by Southwest, the mega-conference for tech, film and music geeks, starts today. Colorlines.com multimedia editor and pop culture blogger Jorge Rivas shares his top picks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, SXSW

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer [VIDEO] Play

Do Cops Make Schools Safe? Students Answer [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas, Julianne Hing on March 7 2013, 10:08AM

A crucial voice has been lost in the post-Sandy Hook debate over school safety: Students. So we asked some Los Angeles high schoolers to chime in.

Topics: Guns, School-to-Prison, Schools & Youth

Female Veterans Are Fastest Growing Segment of Homeless Population

Female Veterans Are Fastest Growing Segment of Homeless Population

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2013, 12:46PM

Black females disproportionately affected.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

In Kansas, If You Can't Beat Them Then Force Them to Take Drug Tests Too

In Kansas, If You Can’t Beat Them Then Force Them to Take Drug Tests Too

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2013, 10:18AM

Democrats in Kansas were unable to kill a Republican bill that would require welfare and unemployment recipients pass a drug test, but they were successful in adding an amendment that would require lawmakers to also face testing.

Topics: /NOW, Politics