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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.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Gingrich Would Support DREAMers Only if They  Join the Military [Video]

Gingrich Would Support DREAMers Only if They Join the Military [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 2:35PM

Undocumented youth argue that they are fully capable of serving the country in many other ways

Topics: Immigration, Newt Gingrich, /NOW

'Fishing Without Nets,' Film About Somali Pirates Told from Pirates Perspective Wins Sundance Jury Award [Video]

‘Fishing Without Nets,’ Film About Somali Pirates Told from Pirates Perspective Wins Sundance Jury Award [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 2:15PM

The Sundance Institute’s Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to “Fishing Without Nets” — a story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves.

Topics: /NOW, Sundance

Immigrant Family Detention Could Return to Texas

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 1:01PM

In 2009, the federal government stopped detaining families in Texas and cancelled plans to build new family detention facilities as advocates made clear that the practice was inhumane.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Director Ice-T Interviews 54 Rappers in ‘Art of Rap’ Documentary [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 12:36PM

The rapper/actor interviewed MCs like Immortal Technique, Raekwon and Chuck D about their lyrical styles and the cultural importance of hip-hop music for his new documentary ‘Art of Rap.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sundance

NDLON on Obama: 'He Can't Offer DREAM Act to Students and Deportations to Parents'

NDLON on Obama: ‘He Can’t Offer DREAM Act to Students and Deportations to Parents’

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 11:55AM

We’ll be bringing you responses from different organizations to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address throughout the day.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

President Obama's Three SOTU in Pictures and Wordclouds

President Obama’s Three SOTU in Pictures and Wordclouds

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 11:33AM

A visual look at how the President (and themes) have changed in the past three years.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn't Know What She's Talking About

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 10:56AM

During Newsweek’s Oscar roundtable, Viola Davis tried to speak about the difficulties of being a black actress in Hollywood—but a well-intentioned reply from Theron was just another example of the problem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

First Lady's Box at State of the Union Address and the Model Immigrant Narrative

First Lady’s Box at State of the Union Address and the Model Immigrant Narrative

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 9:33PM

Guest List for the First Lady’s box at the State of the Union Address included an auto worker, a mayor, and a teacher. But when it came to immigrants only extraordinary geniuses made the cut.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Year of the Dragon is Year of the 99%:  Mamas & Kids Tell Banks, 'Timeout! You better share!'

Year of the Dragon is Year of the 99%: Mamas & Kids Tell Banks, ‘Timeout! You better share!’

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 6:41PM

In the New Year, the Colorful Mamas of the 99% demand that our corporations, our laws, and our government put people before profit.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Calif. Domestic Workers Celebrate Oscar Nod for

Calif. Domestic Workers Celebrate Oscar Nod for “The Help”

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 5:45PM

Just before 6am this morning more than 500 domestic workers and children were in buses from around the state of California to march for domestic workers rights at the State Capitol in Sacramento when they learned about the Oscar nominations for ‘The Help.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Persian America Goes Hollywood: See Preview of 'Shahs of Sunset' [Video]

Persian America Goes Hollywood: See Preview of ‘Shahs of Sunset’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 4:43PM

Ryan Seacrest, executive producer of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” has teamed up with “Real Housewives” franchise creator Andy Cohen for “Shahs of Sunset.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Public viewing for Etta James in Los Angeles

Public viewing for Etta James in Los Angeles

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 3:37PM

A public viewing for the late Etta James will be held at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary on Friday

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Homelessness on the Rise for Female Veterans, African-Americans Hit Hardest

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 2:55PM

Last month the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that found the number of women veterans that are homeless has grown substantially and the majority are black women.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Romney's 'Self-Deportation' Plans Already in Place in Arizona, Alabama

Romney’s ‘Self-Deportation’ Plans Already in Place in Arizona, Alabama

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 12:55PM

They’ve driven immigrants from those states, but at a steep political and economic cost

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics

Latinos See Strong Presence in 2012 Oscar Nominees List

Latinos See Strong Presence in 2012 Oscar Nominees List

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 11:30AM

Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, are seeing themselves in several Oscar categories.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meryl Streep's 17th Oscar Nomination for Her Role in a Movie Some Say We Didn't Need

Meryl Streep’s 17th Oscar Nomination for Her Role in a Movie Some Say We Didn’t Need

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 9:40AM

“‘The Iron Lady’ is ‘the last thing we need, ever, and especially at this point.’”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ringing in the Year of the Dragon, With Love

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2012, 6:38PM

Your daily love.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

New Jersey Gov. Christie Nominates Openly Gay African-American Man to Supreme Court

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2012, 5:37PM

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor and a Korean-American assistant attorney general to the state’s highest court. Kwon would be the first Asian-American to sit on the state Supreme Court, and Harris…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

President Obama Wishes Everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! [Video]

President Obama Wishes Everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2012, 4:55PM

The President and First Lady send their best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Aretha Franklin Calls off Her Wedding

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2012, 4:28PM

On January 2nd Aretha Franklin announced she and her long time partner William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson were engaged to be married but on Monday the Queen of Soul announced the engagement is off.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW