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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.

Presente.org Names Arturo Carmona as its New Executive Director

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 6:59PM

The country’s pre-eminent online Latino advocacy organization largely responsible for removing Lou Dobbs from CNN has a new director.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

@MexicanMitt 200 Tweets Away From Out-Tweeting the Real Mitt Romney

@MexicanMitt 200 Tweets Away From Out-Tweeting the Real Mitt Romney

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 6:24PM

“@MexicanMitt” Twitter account mocks Romney’s courtship of Latino voters.

Topics: Arts & Culture, GOP Primary, /NOW

Baratunde Thurston on ‘Blitter’—Black Twitter—and Being Authentic Online [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 6:05PM

Baratunde Thurston, director of Digital at The Onion, gives the rest of us some advice on to be viral on the internet.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Turns Out the Largest Recipient of Haiti's Relief Money Is the U.S.

Turns Out the Largest Recipient of Haiti’s Relief Money Is the U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 1:59PM

“Haiti looks like the earthquake happened two months ago,” says Bill Quigley.

Topics: Global Affairs, /NOW

Carwasheros in Los Angeles Win Over $1 Million in Settlement

Carwasheros in Los Angeles Win Over $1 Million in Settlement

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 10:58AM

Workers at a car wash in Los Angeles will receive unpaid wages since 2006.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Beyoncé Baby Absurdity #4: Blue Ivy Carter Youngest Ever on the Billboard Chart

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 10:21AM

On Tuesday, Touré called Jay-Z’s song about his new daughter the greatest love song in hip-hop history. Now, objectively and subjectively it’s actually part music charts history.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sh*t Franchesca Ramsey Says to Anderson Cooper [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 12 2012, 9:02AM

The woman behind “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” talks race and stereotypes with Anderson Cooper.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Today’s Love: Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 6:17PM

He made an appearance on “Up w/ Chris Hayes” on Sunday and gave us a sneak peak of his new project.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Racist Tabloid Wednesday: Reports of an Angry Black Woman at the White House

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 6:13PM

Because some of the most racist stories are available at your local grocery check stand.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mexican Migration to the United States Has Hit a Net Zero

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 4:50PM

Mexican migrant apprehensions at the border hit their lowest levels in seventeen years.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Punches Mentally Ill Woman [Video]

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Punches Mentally Ill Woman [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 3:20PM

A woman, who witnesses say was not being combative, was punched in the face by a Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Beyoncé Baby Absurdity #4: Not Everyone’s Birth Experience Is the Same, says Tina Fey

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 1:39PM

Tina Fey says she never saw the fancy suites Blue Ivy Carter hung out in.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Romney Doesn't Support DREAM Act, But That's Not What His Spanish Ad Says

Romney Doesn’t Support DREAM Act, But That’s Not What His Spanish Ad Says

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 11:27AM

Mitt Romney is pulling out all the stops for the Latino vote.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

Even George Lucas Had a Hard Time Finding Funding for Film With Black Leads

Even George Lucas Had a Hard Time Finding Funding for Film With Black Leads

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 10:47AM

You know it’s bad when George Lucas, the man behind ‘Star Wars’ who has two of the top 10 grossing films of all time, can’t get funding to make a movie because his lead characters are all black. Lucas says…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lawyer Hired by South Carolina: DOJ is Biased Against Whites

Lawyer Hired by South Carolina: DOJ is Biased Against Whites

by Jorge Rivas on January 11 2012, 10:28AM

The battle over Voter ID laws continues.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of 140-Years of Black Male Couples

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 7:22PM

A Houston historian has collected over a hundred images spanning 140 years of black couples.

Topics: Celebrate Love, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Beyoncé Baby Absurdity #3: Touré Says Blue Ivy’s Song is ‘Hip Hop’s Greatest Love Song’

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 5:25PM

One of the greatest love songs in hip-hop history? We’re taking a poll.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's Liaison to Latinos, Gets a Big Promotion

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s Liaison to Latinos, Gets a Big Promotion

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 3:20PM

Some civil right groups are praising the move but Muñoz also faces criticism because of the Obama administration’s record number of deportations.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

North Carolina Panel: Sterilization Victims Should Get $50K

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 12:55PM

If the legislature approves the panel’s recommendation it will mark the first time a state compensates victims of a once-common public health practice called eugenics.

Topics: Health, /NOW

'The View' on Slave Homework: 'They Knew What They Were Doing'

‘The View’ on Slave Homework: ‘They Knew What They Were Doing’

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 12:25PM

Sherri Shepherd calls it what it is, racism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW