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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.

Critics Accuse CNN's Soledad O'Brien of Ignoring History of Blacks in Tech

Critics Accuse CNN’s Soledad O’Brien of Ignoring History of Blacks in Tech

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 1:21PM

Here’s who they missed.

Topics: Media

Racist Phone Calls for Hmong City Council Candidate in Minnesota

Racist Phone Calls for Hmong City Council Candidate in Minnesota

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2011, 4:24PM

A racist man angry about the Saint Paul’s changing demographics takes it out on a local politician. And there’s a recording of it.

Topics: Politics

Univision News Poll: Obama Holds Advantage with Latino Voters

Univision News Poll: Obama Holds Advantage with Latino Voters

by Jorge Rivas on November 10 2011, 2:53PM

Latinos still support Obama. But it’s not because they think he’s a great president.

Topics: Politics

Jay Smooth Talks to Drake About Racial Identity

Jay Smooth Talks to Drake About Racial Identity

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2011, 3:15PM

The rapper says the United States is a lot more racially segregated than his native Canada.

Topics: Media

While the GOP Loses at the Polls, There's Plenty of Reason Left to Worry

While the GOP Loses at the Polls, There’s Plenty of Reason Left to Worry

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2011, 11:51AM

Voters in Arizona, Ohio, Mississippi and North Carolina all fought back against regressive conservative policies in Tuesday’s elections. But the big battles aren’t over. Here’s why.

Topics: Politics

Fans and Celebs Celebrate Heavy D's Most Memorable Songs

Fans and Celebs Celebrate Heavy D’s Most Memorable Songs

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2011, 11:10AM

We remember some of the rapper’s best moments, and take stock of the legacy he leaves behind.

Topics: Arts & Culture

We're Cautiously Optimistic About the 'All-American Muslim' Reality TV Show

We’re Cautiously Optimistic About the ‘All-American Muslim’ Reality TV Show

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2011, 2:47PM

Let’s hope it’s better than the scandalous shows that make up our reality TV landscape.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Apple Fakes Deportation Raid in Pursuit of iPhone 5 Prototype

Apple Fakes Deportation Raid in Pursuit of iPhone 5 Prototype

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2011, 2:40PM

Employees posed as San Francisco police and threatened deportation while hunting the lost phone.

Topics: Immigration

5 Reasons Why You Should Care About New Restrictive Voting Laws

5 Reasons Why You Should Care About New Restrictive Voting Laws

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2011, 12:29PM

As restrictive new voter registration laws sweep the country, advocates are pressuring the Justice department to step in.

Topics: Politics

60 Farmwokers Stranded After Refusing to Work Below Minimum Wage

60 Farmwokers Stranded After Refusing to Work Below Minimum Wage

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2011, 2:19PM

One of the nations largest apple suppliers refused to pay workers minimum wage and left them stranded in rural Washington.

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20 Years Ago Today, Magic Johnson Made HIV Not Just a White Gay Male Disease

20 Years Ago Today, Magic Johnson Made HIV Not Just a White Gay Male Disease

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2011, 12:40PM

Magic Johnson announced he was HIV-positive twenty years ago today. He did more for HIV/AIDS awareness than former President Ronald Reagan.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Kardashian In Trouble With Native American Group For 'Indian Giver' Comment

Kardashian In Trouble With Native American Group For ‘Indian Giver’ Comment

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 3:05PM

The National Congress of American Indians called Jenner’s comments “wrong and hurtful.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Convictions Overturned for Three Wrongfully Accused Men in Dixmoor Five Case

Convictions Overturned for Three Wrongfully Accused Men in Dixmoor Five Case

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 1:20PM

The case brings shines a critical light on how cops interrogate teens in high-profile criminal investigations.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Young Muslim Designer Puts Her Fashions on New York Runways

Young Muslim Designer Puts Her Fashions on New York Runways

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 12:21PM

Nailah Lymus takes a unique approach to faith and fashion.

Topics: Arts & Culture

More Anger Toward Jean Quan After Night of Violence at Occupy Oakland

More Anger Toward Jean Quan After Night of Violence at Occupy Oakland

by Jorge Rivas on November 3 2011, 3:01PM

The city’s first Asian-American mayor is being roundly criticized by protesters and police officers alike for her wavering stance.

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New York Rep. José Serrano Blasts ICE Over Foster Care Stats

New York Rep. José Serrano Blasts ICE Over Foster Care Stats

by Jorge Rivas on November 3 2011, 1:07PM

He called on the Department of Homeland Security to halt and review all deportations in which kids could be impacted.

Topics: Immigration

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reforms Go Into Effect

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reforms Go Into Effect

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2011, 5:16PM

An estimated 12,000 people serving time for crack cocaine offenses could see their sentences reduced.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Record College Enrollment Doesn't Mean Upward Mobility For Most Latinos

Record College Enrollment Doesn’t Mean Upward Mobility For Most Latinos

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2011, 3:08PM

Despite record numbers in Latino college enrollment, experts say that we’re a long way from closing the income gap.

Topics: Schools & Youth

San Francsico Crowd Helps Black Woman Move Back Into Foreclosed Home

San Francsico Crowd Helps Black Woman Move Back Into Foreclosed Home

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2011, 12:50PM

Sixty people gathered in San Francsico’s Bayview district to help Carolyn Gage moved back into her family’s home.

Topics: Economy

Queen Latifah is Getting a New Talk Show, Again

Queen Latifah is Getting a New Talk Show, Again

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2011, 3:04PM

Will she be the next Queen of daytime talk? For now, the rapper is working with the industry’s biggest names to produce a syndicated talk show.

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