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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.

Milwaukee Journalist Eugene Kane: Black Youth Are 2011 Boogeyman

Milwaukee Journalist Eugene Kane: Black Youth Are 2011 Boogeyman

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 12:07PM

A columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the city’s black youth are “out of control.”

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

40th Year of the L.A. Unified School District All City Honor Marching Band at Rose Parade

40th Year of the L.A. Unified School District All City Honor Marching Band at Rose Parade

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 7:45PM

An estimated 91% of students enrolled in the LAUSD are of color.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Latino-Owned Businesses Are Leading the Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 3:39PM

The number of Latino-owned businesses with more than $1 million in revenue grew to over 44,000 in 2007, up from just 29,000 five years earlier.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

A Nice NSFW Public Service Announcement About Iowa

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

This video kindly reminds us that Iowa voted Democrat in 5 out of the last 6 elections.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

Finally a Rape Prevention Campaign Targeted Towards Men

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 3:02PM

And it’s multiracial and bilingual, too!

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Utica, NY Cops’ Dash Camera Caught Them Allegedly Planting Evidence in Driver’s Car

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 2:32PM

Video of a Utica police officer allegedly planting evidence in a black driver’s car has sparked a number of similar reports from the city’s black residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Youssou N'dour to Run for President of Senegal

Youssou N’dour to Run for President of Senegal

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 1:34PM

Singer says he will challenge Abdoulaye Wade in elections next month.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, /NOW

Iowa Caucus and How the State Is Much Whiter Than the Rest of U.S.

Iowa Caucus and How the State Is Much Whiter Than the Rest of U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 12:54PM

The overwhelmingly white voters today will choose which candidates the country will have to consider seriously.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Santorum Vows He Won't Give Black People

Santorum Vows He Won’t Give Black People “Somebody Else’s Money”

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 11:37AM

Santorum spread inaccurate racist assumptions at a campaign stop in Iowa, where he’s polling strongly.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW

2012 Rose Parade Ends with 5,000 Occupy Protesters

2012 Rose Parade Ends with 5,000 Occupy Protesters

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 7:00PM

An estimated 5,000 Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators marched down the parade route.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Celebrate Love, /NOW

J.R. Martinez First Biracial Roses Parade Grand Marshall

J.R. Martinez First Biracial Roses Parade Grand Marshall

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 5:51PM

The Salvadoran-African-American actor and former U.S. Army soldier led the most parade in the world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Snoop Dogg Guest Star on

Watch Snoop Dogg Guest Star on “The Price is Right’

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 5:00PM

The Long Beach native raised more than $70,000 for his charity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Aretha Franklin is Getting Married and She Wants You To Know She’s Not Pregnant

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 3:40PM

There’s another royal wedding this year!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

‘Pariah’ Opens to Strong and Promising Limited Release

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 2:16PM

The long awaited film is only playing on four screens nationwide but industry insiders say it’s looking like it’ll have a strong wider release later this week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President

Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 12:58PM

Mitt Romney says he’ll veto the DREAM Act but he is, however, delighted about giving immigrants a path to permanent residency if they serve the military.

Topics: GOP Primary, /NOW, Politics

Hundreds March in Oakland on Anniversary of Oscar Grant's Killing

Hundreds March in Oakland on Anniversary of Oscar Grant’s Killing

by Jorge Rivas on January 2 2012, 12:24PM

A march and vigil was held Sunday to mark the third anniversary of Oscar Grant’s murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

2011 in Review--in 90 Seconds [VIDEO] Play

2011 in Review—in 90 Seconds [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on December 22 2011, 9:30AM

From Troy Davis to Occupy Wall Street, Oprah Winfrey to the National Book Awards, the jobs crisis to the fight for humane immigration policy—we look back at 2011’s biggest stories. Watch Colorlines.com’s year in review.

Topics: 2011: Year in Review, History

Natural Hair Group Gives Away 40 Barbie Dolls with Natural Hair Makeover

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 7:00PM

A group in Ohio is giving away 40 Barbie dolls away with a natural hair makeover.

Topics: Celebrate Love, /NOW

Newt Gingrich Toughens Stance on Immigration at Last Night's GOP Debate

Newt Gingrich Toughens Stance on Immigration at Last Night’s GOP Debate

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 6:40PM

The Republican presidential candidate continues to test the waters to see how many moderates he can win without alienating the far right.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW, Politics

Sen. Reid on Arpaio: Fix Broken Immigration System

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 5:07PM

The Senate Majority leader says he’s continuing to fight for immigration reform.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW