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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.

Chanel Iman Joins Rare Group of Black L’Officiel Paris Covergirls

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 2:20PM

French fashion magazine L’Officiel, “the Bible of fashion and of high society,” has put Chanel Iman on the cover of their February issue.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Association of Black Women Historians Says 'The Help' is Distorted

The Association of Black Women Historians Says ‘The Help’ is Distorted

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 2:10PM

According to the historians about the only thing that’s true in the film is that working black women in the South often labored as domestic servants in white homes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Sh*t Everybody Says To Rape Victims [Video]

Sh*t Everybody Says To Rape Victims [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 12:22PM

There’s now a “Shit Everybody Says to Rape Victims” video that’s made by a cast of all black women.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Adepero Oduye Responds to Meryl Streep’s Shout Out at Golden Globes

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 11:33AM

When Meryl Streep took the stage to deliver her acceptance speech for winning the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress she mentioned Adepero Oduye’s name as someone who could be up on that stage winning that same award.

Topics: 'Pariah', Arts & Culture, /NOW

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali Turns 70

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali Turns 70

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 10:44AM

The boxing legend and social activist turns 70 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Gingrich Still Thinks Obama is 'Food Stamps President'

Gingrich Still Thinks Obama is ‘Food Stamps President’

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 10:22AM

At Sunday’s Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate, Newt Gingrich got a standing ovation from the audience after he challenged moderator Juan Williams by saying he stood by his racially loaded statements about the president and “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods.”

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

8 Songs for Your Martin Luther King Day Playlist

8 Songs for Your Martin Luther King Day Playlist

by Jorge Rivas on January 16 2012, 8:42AM

It’s not often enough we get to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speeches so here’s a playlist of songs that sample MLK speeches or reference his legacy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Awkward Golden Globes: Producer Alleges Sofia Vergara Sleeps with Studio Execs. [Video]

Awkward Golden Globes: Producer Alleges Sofia Vergara Sleeps with Studio Execs. [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2012, 10:41PM

“Modern Family” won the Golden Globe prize for best TV comedy on Sunday but the acceptance speech got a little weird when the show’s co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan joked around by saying Sofia Vergara said studio executives made great lovers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Octavia Spencer Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 15 2012, 9:53PM

Spencer thanked the Hollywood Foreign press for recognizing “domestics in this country, now and then” during her acceptance speech.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Maricopa County Protest Calls for Arpaio's Arrest [Pictures]

Maricopa County Protest Calls for Arpaio’s Arrest [Pictures]

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 6:40PM

On Friday, the Puente Movement launched “Arrest Arpaio Not the People,” a campaign which seeks to get Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested and charged with criminal offenses.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

A Tumblr With Racist Political Ads, Sorted by Who They're Racist Against

A Tumblr With Racist Political Ads, Sorted by Who They’re Racist Against

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 4:55PM

A Tumblr that launched recently collects racist, sexist and homophobic political ads, and organizes them neatly for you by who the ad is “racist against.”

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Erykah Badu's Radio Series Explores Music Generated by Black Power Movement

Erykah Badu’s Radio Series Explores Music Generated by Black Power Movement

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 3:56PM

Erykah Bady explores the underground music generated by the late 60s Black Power movement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Missouri Wants to Make Public Schools Check Immigration Statuses

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 2:59PM

Missouri could be the next battleground in a nationwide fight over tougher immigration laws.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

NYPD Officers Shot and Killed a Black Man Yesterday in his Own Home

NYPD Officers Shot and Killed a Black Man Yesterday in his Own Home

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 12:58PM

Details about NYPD Officers shooting an African-American male in his home Thursday still remain unclear but neighbors claim that the victim had been innocent of any wrongdoing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Margaret Cho: You Criticize a Woman's Body, You Murder Us All Inside

Margaret Cho: You Criticize a Woman’s Body, You Murder Us All Inside

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 12:36PM

On Wednesday, Korean-American comedian Margaret Cho went to her blog to explain why she “blew a fucking gasket” on Twitter.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' Season Finale [Video]

‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ Season Finale [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 11:29AM

J has to choose between Fred of white Jay.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae Explains Season Finale Delay, 30-minute Episode on the Way

Awkward Black Girl’s Issa Rae Explains Season Finale Delay, 30-minute Episode on the Way

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 10:53AM

The long awaited 30-minute season finale episode of ‘Awkward Black Girl’ was suppose to premiere last night but it’s had some setbacks. It’s been promised a few times in the past 12-hours but this time director Issa Rae says it’s for real.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

‘Pariah’ Expands To 10 More Theaters Including Atlanta, Portland, Scottsdale, Austin, Philly

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 10:52AM

The critically acclaimed and award-winning film ‘Pariah,’ that we’ve written about several times here at Colorlines.com, opens in 10 new cities today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls' Part Two [Video]

‘Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls’ Part Two [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 9:59AM

There’s a sequel to the wildly popular ”Shit white girls say…to black girls’ video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

First Openly Gay Indian Woman Elected to MN State Legislature

First Openly Gay Indian Woman Elected to MN State Legislature

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 7:52PM

Minnesota House district 61B made history Tuesday when they elected the first American Indian woman to the state legislature.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW