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.
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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.
by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 3:02PM
Immigration reform is once again the number one political issue for Latino voters.
by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 1:34PM
When white men get schooled by Asian women.
by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2013, 11:53AM
And he used Martha Stewart as an example.
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.
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…
by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 11:52AM
The new directive could further dissuade victims from coming forward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2013, 12:46PM
Black females disproportionately affected.
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.