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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.

Beyoncé is the Whitest She's Ever Been in New Album Promo

Beyoncé is the Whitest She’s Ever Been in New Album Promo

by Jorge Rivas on January 19 2012, 12:42PM

The new promo ad released by Beyoncé Knowles’ camp to promote the 2011 album “4,” finds Beyoncé with blonde hair, bleached eyebrows and the lightest skin we’ve ever seen on her.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 6:07PM

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Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Artists to Watch: Azealia Banks and Light Asylum

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 5:22PM

This week’s edition of artists to watch includes two musicians from New York.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Rejects Keystone Oil Sands Pipeline Application

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 4:14PM

The Obama administration rejected a bid to expand the controversial Keystone oil sands pipeline.

Topics: Environment, /NOW

Weight Watchers Goes After Black Males: Charles Barkley Star of New Campaign

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 3:56PM

Weight Watchers has launched a new campaign that goes after men with former basketball player Charles Barkley endorsing the weight loss program.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Bill O’Reilly Explains the Difference Between Ice Cube and Ice-T [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 3:27PM

Bill O’Reilly Explains the Difference Between Ice Cube and Ice-T.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch a 12-Year Old Kanye West Recite Poem He Wrote for MLK [Video]

Watch a 12-Year Old Kanye West Recite Poem He Wrote for MLK [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 3:17PM

Watch a 12-year old Kanye West read his original poem dedicated to MLK.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney Celebrated For Giving Unemployed Black Woman $50 and Cleaning Job [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 2:58PM

While Romney was campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday he handed an African-American woman $50.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

Survey Finds Majority of Latinos Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion

Survey Finds Majority of Latinos Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 2:30PM

A new survey found the majorities of Latino voters opposed politicians interfering in personal, private decisions about abortion.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Ward Connerly Being Investigated by IRS for Mismanaging Funds

Ward Connerly Being Investigated by IRS for Mismanaging Funds

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 1:50PM

Ward Connerly, the man that’s campaigned agaisnt affirmative action across the country, is being accused of mismanaging and exploiting donations made by fellow conservatives for his own benefit.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

DREAMer Confronts Romney at NY Fundraiser [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 11:41AM

A young Latina who identified herself in a video as an undocumented immigrant approached presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at fundraiser in New York yesterday to ask him why he isn’t supporting her DREAM.

Topics: GOP Primary, Immigration, /NOW, Schools & Youth

There was Virtually No Change in Black Unemployment Rate in 2011

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 10:32AM

The black worker unemployment remained in the 15 to 16 percent range, while unemployment for the rest of the workforce dropped below 9 percent.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What Is SOPA? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

What Is SOPA? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

by Jorge Rivas, Jamilah King on January 18 2012, 8:39AM

Thousands of websites are going dark today in protest of a new bill that’s being debated in Congress.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Birmingham's Scott Douglas Shares His Love on 'The Colbert Report' [Video]

Birmingham’s Scott Douglas Shares His Love on ‘The Colbert Report’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 7:57PM

Scott Douglas, activist and executive director of the Greater Birmingham Ministries, was a guest on “The Colbert Report” on Monday and discussed Alabama’s tough anti-immigration law in context of the civil rights movement.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Immigration, /NOW

What Percent Are You?

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 7:51PM

Enter your household income and see how you rank in 344 zones across the country.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Official Trailer for 'Mosquita y Mari' Released

Official Trailer for ‘Mosquita y Mari’ Released

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 6:41PM

*Mosquita y Mari*—the film about two Chicana teenagers growing up in Huntington Park, one of the most vibrant immigrant Latino communities in Los Angeles—now has an official trailer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sundance

15 of Muhammad Ali's Greatest Quotes

15 of Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Quotes

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 5:53PM

Muhammad Ali turns 70 today and the boxing legend has his fair share of memorable quotes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pictures of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in W’s Best Performance Issue

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 5:51PM

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer made in to W Magazine’s best performance issue that highlights twenty of “this years brightest stars.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Wisconsin Democrats to File 1 million Signatures for Governor Walker Recall

Wisconsin Democrats to File 1 million Signatures for Governor Walker Recall

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 5:15PM

Walker’s decision revealed an important truth: Inequity starts with people of color, but it doesn’t stay there.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

'The Daily Show' Hires First First Black Female Correspondent [Video]

‘The Daily Show’ Hires First First Black Female Correspondent [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 3:49PM

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show announced last week comedian Jessica Williams will be joining the show’s cast of correspondents.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW