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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.

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Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Occupy Oakland's Pancho Stierle Released Pending Deportation Hearing

Occupy Oakland’s Pancho Stierle Released Pending Deportation Hearing

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2011, 1:08PM

Meanwhile, he’s criticized the city for closing schools and spending millions to fight Occupy protesters.

Topics: #Occupy

Nick Cannon Takes to Twitter to Blast LAPD's Widespread Racial Profiling

Nick Cannon Takes to Twitter to Blast LAPD’s Widespread Racial Profiling

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2011, 12:25PM

The comedian says he’s been stopped by cops since he was a kid riding on his bicycle. But the problem is systemic, and there’s little federal action to keep track of it.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Watch: 5 Hollywood Directors Avoid Talking About Race

Watch: 5 Hollywood Directors Avoid Talking About Race

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2011, 10:41AM

Awkward.

Topics: Arts & Culture

World Leaders Teach 'Unhate' by Kissing Each Other on the Lips

World Leaders Teach ‘Unhate’ by Kissing Each Other on the Lips

by Jorge Rivas on November 17 2011, 5:51PM

An Italian clothing company launches a campaign to get people to “Unhate.”

Topics: Celebrate Love

Englewood 5 Released After Confessions Proven to be Coerced

Englewood 5 Released After Confessions Proven to be Coerced

by Jorge Rivas on November 17 2011, 4:45PM

Five Chicago black men were released from prison yesterday after lawyers and DNA evidence proved the men were forced to make false confessions.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Jay Smooth's TED Talk Reveals How He Learned to Love Talking About Race

Jay Smooth’s TED Talk Reveals How He Learned to Love Talking About Race

by Jorge Rivas on November 17 2011, 2:18PM

The noted video blogger opens up about what got him interested in talking about race.

Topics: Media

Peaceful Occupy Oakland Protester Faces Deportation

Peaceful Occupy Oakland Protester Faces Deportation

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 3:56PM

Francisco “Pancho” Ramos Stierle was arrested on Monday while meditating outside of Oakland’s City Hall.

Topics: #Occupy

Mississippi Sorority Recalls 'The Cosby Show' By Dressing in Blackface

Mississippi Sorority Recalls ‘The Cosby Show’ By Dressing in Blackface

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 1:19PM

Six students at the University of Southern Mississippi dressed in black face to depict the Huxtables at an off-campus 1980s themed costume party.

Topics: Arts & Culture

SEIU Endorses Obama For 2012, Projects Big Support From Blacks and Labor

SEIU Endorses Obama For 2012, Projects Big Support From Blacks and Labor

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 1:18PM

While the union’s support may not be a surprise, the announcement may a sign that progressive are planning their fight earlier than usual.

Topics: Politics

Lady Gaga Fires Long Time Black Choreographer Laurieann Gibson

Lady Gaga Fires Long Time Black Choreographer Laurieann Gibson

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 12:11PM

The black choreographer and creative director who says she’s largely responsible for Lady Gaga’s image has been “dismissed.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

NYC Muslim Leaders Encourage Residents to Know Their Rights

NYC Muslim Leaders Encourage Residents to Know Their Rights

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 3:05PM

After an investigation found that the NYPD had infiltrated hundreds of Muslim mosques to spy on civilians, community leaders are people to be careful.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Lil' B Releases Song Called 'I Got AIDS' to Raise Awareness

Lil’ B Releases Song Called ‘I Got AIDS’ to Raise Awareness

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 12:15PM

Berkeley’s Lil’ B is at again. This time he’s released a song encouraging fans to get tested for HIV.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

Report: 66 Percent of Hate Crime Victims Targeted Because of Anti-Latino Bias

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 11:35AM

As the country becomes browner, hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

What's It Like to Be Young and Undocumented? Awkward, Says New Video

What’s It Like to Be Young and Undocumented? Awkward, Says New Video

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 2:29PM

A group of undocumented young people have started a video series that highlights the painfully awkward moments of life without papers.

Topics: Immigration

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue Federal Gov. for $750 million‎ in Negligence Claim

Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue Federal Gov. for $750 million‎ in Negligence Claim

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 2:16PM

The families allege that the military had an obligation to do more.

Topics: Politics

Help Close Ecuador's Clincis That Use Torture to 'Cure the Gay Away'

Help Close Ecuador’s Clincis That Use Torture to ‘Cure the Gay Away’

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 12:33PM

An online gay rights group wants to shut down the country’s illegal torture centers that are targeting lesbians.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

White House Releases Report Outlining How It's Helped Blacks

White House Releases Report Outlining How It’s Helped Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on November 14 2011, 10:57AM

The President says the Recovery Act is just one of his administration’s policies that’s benefited 2.2 million black families and nearly half of all black children.

Topics: Politics

Shakira Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame, But Diversity's Still Lacking

Shakira Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame, But Diversity’s Still Lacking

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 3:59PM

The Colombian superstar fulfills her mom’s dream. She’s just one of 79 Latinos to get one of the 2,366 stars.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Kardashian Mom Kris Jenner (Sort of) Apologizes for 'Indian Giver' Comment

Kardashian Mom Kris Jenner (Sort of) Apologizes for ‘Indian Giver’ Comment

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 3:30PM

Kim Kardashian’s mom responds to criticism.

Topics: Media

Penn State Student: 'We Must Hold Our Leaders Accountable' [VIDEO]

Penn State Student: ‘We Must Hold Our Leaders Accountable’ [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 2:41PM

One courageous student spoke up with a sobering truth this week as Penn State rioted amid a sex abuse scandal that’s brought down college football’s most celebrated coach.

Topics: Schools & Youth