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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.

Melissa Harris-Perry Deconstructs Stereotypes to Colbert [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 11:41AM

MSNBC contributor and political analyst Melissa Harris-Perry was a guest on Monday’s ‘The Colbert Report.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

Univision Introduces Us to Mitt Romney's Cousins in Chihuahua, Mexico [Video]

Univision Introduces Us to Mitt Romney’s Cousins in Chihuahua, Mexico [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 11:30AM

Univision visited Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, a Mormon community that some 50 of Romney’s cousins call home.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

22 Fashion Designers Launch ‘Runway to Win’ To Secure Obama Reelection

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 10:51AM

Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Jason Wu are among the designers creating fashions for Obama.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Atlanta School Sends 8-Year Olds With Math Homework About Beating Slaves

Atlanta School Sends 8-Year Olds With Math Homework About Beating Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 8:03AM

Nine third-grade math teachers in Gwinnett County, Georgia sent a class of mostly black and Latino students home with questions about beating slaves and picking fruit.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Daniel Hernandez Saved Congresswoman Gifford’s Life And He Still Insists He’s No Hero

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 7:31PM

When everyone else ran for cover, Hernandez went to take care of her Gifford.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Make Official Birth Announcement

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Make Official Birth Announcement

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 6:21PM

It’s official.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Happy 5th Birthday iPhone -- But Look At What You've Done Infographic

Happy 5th Birthday iPhone — But Look At What You’ve Done

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 6:04PM

The iPhone was unveiled five years ago today but it’s one of the major players in an industry that’s created a new digital divide.

Topics: New Digital Divide, /NOW

Beyoncé Baby Absurdity #2: Blue Ivy is 2-Days Old and Already Sampled in New Jay-Z Song

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 3:59PM

Listen to Jay-Z’s new song that samples a crying Blue Ivy Carter.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ru Paul Campaigns in New Hampshire to Remind Voters He's Not Ron Paul

Ru Paul Campaigns in New Hampshire to Remind Voters He’s Not Ron Paul

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 2:58PM

Ru Paul is campaigning in New Hampshire to remind voters he is not Ron Paul. Really.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

Beyoncé Baby Absurdity #1: Jay-Z Reportedly Paid $1.3 Million to Rent Entire Hospital Floor

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 2:42PM

A series of absurdities pertaining to Blue Ivy Carter coming in to this world. In this edition: a very expensive special delivery.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 2:11PM

The first two incidents happened in Irvine, Calif., now a woman in NYC received a receipt calling her ‘lady chinky eyes.’

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Charles Barkley Presents ‘White People Problems’ on SNL [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 12:56PM

Charles Barkley made his third outing as host of Saturday Night Live.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mitt Romney Wants Latino Voters to Know His Father Was Born in Mexico

Mitt Romney Wants Latino Voters to Know His Father Was Born in Mexico

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 12:30PM

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Monday made it clear he needs to win the Latino vote to get to the White House.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Pvt. Danny Chen Driven to Suicide After Racist Bullying

Pvt. Danny Chen Driven to Suicide After Racist Bullying

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 11:08AM

The 19-year-old, born and raised in Manhattan’s Chinatown, was reportedly driven to suicide after months of racist bullying and abuse.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Unemployment Rate Improved for Everyone in 2011, Except for Blacks

Unemployment Rate Improved for Everyone in 2011, Except for Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on January 9 2012, 8:03AM

Black men captured about 237,000 job gains in 2011, whereas black women actually ended the year with fewer jobs than they had a year ago.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Get Out the Way Bieber: 'Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls' Most Viewed Video on YouTube

Get Out the Way Bieber: ‘Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls’ Most Viewed Video on YouTube

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 2:30PM

The Youtube sensation may get a cameo on ‘Awkward Black Girl.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Boys II Men Honored with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 2:22PM

The top-selling R&B group of all time gets a special honor.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

P.S: BEYONCE IN LABOR!!! Media Takeout is Reporting

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 11:38AM

“The Most Visited Urban Website in the World” is reporting Beyoncé is in labor.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Navajo Nation Sees Alarming Rise in HIV/AIDS Infections

Navajo Nation Sees Alarming Rise in HIV/AIDS Infections

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 10:50AM

Poor education is partly to blame, with some tribal members learning about HIV and AIDS only upon diagnosis.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Ricky Martin Isn't Getting Married--But He is Having a Baby Girl This Year

Ricky Martin Isn’t Getting Married—But He is Having a Baby Girl This Year

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 10:14AM

The Latin popstar says he’s dying for a little girl.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW