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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.

GOP Finally Stopped Blocking Violence Against Women Act

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2013, 4:10PM

The legislation that assists victims of domestic and sexual violence passed on a vote of 286 to 138, with 199 Democrats joining 87 Republicans to reauthorize the 1994 law.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Get Ready for Downton Abbey's First Black Character

Get Ready for Downton Abbey’s First Black Character

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2013, 11:48AM

Guess who’s coming to tea.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Academy Adds Lupe Ontiveros to 'In Memoriam' Slideshow

Academy Adds Lupe Ontiveros to ‘In Memoriam’ Slideshow

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2013, 11:22AM

After pressure from Latino organizations the Academy adds the actress to the ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow on their website.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chuck D. On CNN: 'Since Reagan And Bush, There's Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community'

Chuck D. On CNN: ‘Since Reagan And Bush, There’s Been Nothing But Guns And Drugs In The Black Community’

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 3:40PM

Hip hop artist Chuck D. was a guest on CNN with Carol Costello earlier today to discuss the impact that the slaying of Trayvon Martin had on the nation one year later. “The bottom line is this: back when I…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Just One More (Authentic) Harlem Shake Video

Just One More (Authentic) Harlem Shake Video

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 11:52AM

We’re well aware you’ve seen enough Harlem Shake videos but we had to share one more. The folks at Power 105 tapped some young people to show how it really goes down….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

After Trayvon: Acts of Kindness, Courage and Resistance

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2013, 9:25AM

One year ago, unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. A look at how people from all walks of life came together to support his family and call for justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Black Churches Condemn Obama's Drone Policy as Murder and Evil

Black Churches Condemn Obama’s Drone Policy as Murder and Evil

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 1:35PM

An association of 34,000 churches has come out strongly against drones.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Oscars 'In Memoriam' Snubs Lupe Ontiveros, Twice

Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Snubs Lupe Ontiveros, Twice

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 11:08AM

Last night’s Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ reel left out actress Lupe Ontiveros. The Mexican-American actress passed away on July 26, 2012.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Formerly Undocumented Teen Inocente Recognized On Oscar Stage

Formerly Undocumented Teen Inocente Recognized On Oscar Stage

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 10:22AM

Watch the short documentary “Inocente” about a homeless undocumented teen on Colorlines.com

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Michelle Obama Wears Indian-American Designer Naeem Khan's Dress to Oscars

Michelle Obama Wears Indian-American Designer Naeem Khan’s Dress to Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on February 25 2013, 9:48AM

First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance via video at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Quvenzhané Wallis Hits the Oscar Red Carpet in Style

Quvenzhané Wallis Hits the Oscar Red Carpet in Style

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2013, 6:40PM

Wallis could become the second African-American ever to win an Oscar in the best actress in a leading role category

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Just in Time for Oscars, Street Artist Gets Hollywood to Think About Its Workers

Just in Time for Oscars, Street Artist Gets Hollywood to Think About Its Workers

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2013, 10:51AM

Gomez’s installation includes cardboard cutouts of the Oscar statue, a housekeeper and gardener.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sequestration Means 424,000 Less HIV Tests and 540,000 Fewer Vaccines for Diseases like Flu, Measles and Hepatitis

Sequestration Means 424,000 Less HIV Tests and 540,000 Fewer Vaccines for Diseases like Flu, Measles and Hepatitis

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 4:04PM

“For communities of color and communities that have been hard hit by the recession, it’s a nuclear bomb that’s waiting to go off,” Imara Jones told Democracy Now.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Back With a Review of 'Django,' Rihanna and da Vinci's Mona Lisa

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Back With a Review of ‘Django,’ Rihanna and da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 3:09PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Basically, Django Unchained is a B movie. A damn fine B movie, but still a B movie.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kid President Meets the Real President (Plus Some Outtakes)

Kid President Meets the Real President (Plus Some Outtakes)

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 1:01PM

Kid President was asked by the White House to make a video for their upcoming Easter Egg Roll!

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

USC Frat Planned a 'Racist Rager' Until a Mexican-American Student Put Them on Blast

USC Frat Planned a ‘Racist Rager’ Until a Mexican-American Student Put Them on Blast

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 12:48PM

A Mexican-American USC student shut the party down, got the frat that was throwing the party to apologize and had the members organizing the event expelled from the fraternity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why Didn't Race Come Up in Beyoncé's HBO Documentary?

Why Didn’t Race Come Up in Beyoncé’s HBO Documentary?

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 11:13AM

There was one topic Beyoncé never discussed in her documentary.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

LAX Officials Threaten to Deport Palestinian Filmmaker On His Way to Oscars

LAX Officials Threaten to Deport Palestinian Filmmaker On His Way to Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 5:37PM

An Oscar nominated Palestinian filmmaker and his family traveling to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards this Sunday were detained for hours at the Los Angeles International Airport by U.S. Customs officials. Emad Burnat, whose film “5 Broken Cameras” has…

Topics: /NOW

'Grey's Anatomy' Actor Jesse Williams Offers Tips On How To Portray Slavery

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Actor Jesse Williams Offers Tips On How To Portray Slavery

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 3:54PM

Actor Jesse Williams, known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” just published an essay on CNN.com that juxtaposes the Quentin Tarantino films “Django Unchained” with “Inglorious Basterds,” the 2009 fantasy involving a band…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Introducing the 2013 'Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama'

Introducing the 2013 ‘Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama’

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 1:00PM

This morning the White House released the First Lady’s 2013 official portrait.A poll conducted by CNN found seventy-three percent of Americans approved of the way Michelle Obama was handling her job as first lady, compared to 20% who disapproved….

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW