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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.

Feminism Fail: iPhone's Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

Feminism Fail: iPhone’s Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 5:21PM

As people of color lead the country in smartphones adoption, some argue that those phones discriminate in the content that’s available to users.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

Nikky Finney's Award Speech Tops Record Year for Black Women Writers

Nikky Finney’s Award Speech Tops Record Year for Black Women Writers

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 1:16PM

The award-winning poet astounded audiences with her acceptance speech, before telling the crowd that the moment had left her “officially speechless.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Mississippi Hate Crimes Increase Even As Counties Underreport Stats

Mississippi Hate Crimes Increase Even As Counties Underreport Stats

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 12:36PM

Nationwide, hate crimes remained about the same, going from 6,604 in 2009 to 6,628 in 2010, according to the FBI. But activists say the real number is even higher.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Tyler Perry Writes Open Letter to Victim in Penn State Sex Abuse Case

Tyler Perry Writes Open Letter to Victim in Penn State Sex Abuse Case

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 11:22AM

Hollywood’s most financially successful director and producer, himself a sexual abuse survivor, offers words of encouragement to one of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers.

Topics: Schools & Youth

SWAT Team Raids Home of Civil Rights Attorney Working on Voting Rights

SWAT Team Raids Home of Civil Rights Attorney Working on Voting Rights

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 10:08AM

Attorney Barbara Arnwine says that police officers held her at gunpoint for hours in a case of mistaken identity.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Report: Soda Companies Target Black and Latino Kids in High Numbers

Report: Soda Companies Target Black and Latino Kids in High Numbers

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 1:25PM

Black children and teens see 80 percent to 90 percent more ads compared with white youth, according to researches at Yale.

Topics: Health

Bachmann Still Angry at The Roots' Stunt on Jimmy Fallon Show

Bachmann Still Angry at The Roots’ Stunt on Jimmy Fallon Show

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 12:09PM

The band made waves with their musical introduction of the tea party favorite last week.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Navy Ship Named After Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers

Navy Ship Named After Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 9:45AM

Thee USNS Medgar Evers will deliver food, ammunition, fuel and supplies to other ships at sea.

Topics: Politics

Obama Commutes 22-Year Sentence for Crack Cocaine Conviction

Obama Commutes 22-Year Sentence for Crack Cocaine Conviction

by Jorge Rivas on November 23 2011, 3:10PM

Eugenia Marie Jennings was convicted in 2001 of possession with intent to distribute. She was only 23 years old.

Topics: Criminal Justice

'New Yorker' Magazine Cover Depicts Pilgrims Fleeing Across U.S. Border

‘New Yorker’ Magazine Cover Depicts Pilgrims Fleeing Across U.S. Border

by Jorge Rivas on November 23 2011, 11:03AM

Cartoonist Christoph Niemann wanted to offer historical perspective to today’s immigration debate.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Former BART Cop Johannes Mehserle Goes Back to Court in Civil Case

Former BART Cop Johannes Mehserle Goes Back to Court in Civil Case

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 3:24PM

The plaintiff claims that Mehserle assaulted him just weeks before the infamous shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland.

Topics: Criminal Justice

New Poll Shows Racial Divide on California's DREAM Act

New Poll Shows Racial Divide on California’s DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 3:12PM

Nearly 80 percent of Latinos support the measure, while only 30 percent of whites think it’s a step in the right direction.

Topics: Schools & Youth

ACLU Requests Public Records From UC Davis and Katehi

ACLU Requests Public Records From UC Davis and Katehi

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 1:36PM

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi apologized to students yesterday, just hours before she received a letter from the ACLU requesting public records. A lawsuit may be in the works.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Obama Talks Black History in 1991 National Television Appearance

Obama Talks Black History in 1991 National Television Appearance

by Jorge Rivas on November 22 2011, 1:01PM

Watch a then 29-year-old Obama’s first national television appearance.

Topics: Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Booed at Nascar Event

First Lady Michelle Obama Gets Booed at Nascar Event

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 3:30PM

And by an overwhelmingly white audience. But what does the incident say about our electorate?

Topics: Politics

UC Davis Students' Powerful Silent Protest Calls on Katehi to Resign

UC Davis Students’ Powerful Silent Protest Calls on Katehi to Resign

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 2:56PM

Students and some faculty are trying to hold administrators accountable for last week’s violence at a peaceful on-campus protest.

Topics: Schools & Youth

CNN's Don Lemon Talks Sex Abuse, Calls Penn State Case 'Rape'

CNN’s Don Lemon Talks Sex Abuse, Calls Penn State Case ‘Rape’

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 1:40PM

CNN’s Don Lemon says let’s just call what Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky did for what it is: rape.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

German Mercedes-Benz Exec Arrested Under Alabama's HB 56

German Mercedes-Benz Exec Arrested Under Alabama’s HB 56

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 12:52PM

Looks like Alabama’s tough new immigration law doesn’t just hurt poor, Latino immigrants.

Topics: Alabama Immigration

50 Percent of People Eligible for HIV Drug Therapy Now Have Access

50 Percent of People Eligible for HIV Drug Therapy Now Have Access

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2011, 11:52AM

A new report by the Joint United Nations says we’ve begun to finally tackle the epidemic.

Topics: Health

Bronx Students Occupy Public Education, Release 10-Point Plan

Bronx Students Occupy Public Education, Release 10-Point Plan

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2011, 2:01PM

These high school students rock.

Topics: #Occupy, Schools & Youth