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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 Plans for General Strike, Occupation of Foreclosed Homes

Occupy Oakland Plans for General Strike, Occupation of Foreclosed Homes

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2011, 2:45PM

Occupy Oakland organizers hope to make history again by shutting down the city: the last general strike in the U.S. was in Oakland in 1946.

Topics: #Occupy

ICE Slows Routine Searches of Buses, Trains, Airports Along Northern Border

ICE Slows Routine Searches of Buses, Trains, Airports Along Northern Border

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

Advocates hope the change will lead to less racial profiling along the border.

Topics: Immigration

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Visits Alabama, Praises Immigration Law HB 56

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Visits Alabama, Praises Immigration Law HB 56

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 3:06PM

The politician who brought us Arizona’s SB 1070 says she’s encouraged by Alabama’s tough approach.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration, Video

Keenen Ivory Wayans Producing New 'In Living Color' Episodes

Keenen Ivory Wayans Producing New ‘In Living Color’ Episodes

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 12:10PM

Fox will air two half-hour specials of “In Living Color” in the spring.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Big Bank Law Firm Mocks Foreclosed Homeowners on Halloween

Big Bank Law Firm Mocks Foreclosed Homeowners on Halloween

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 11:50AM

Employees for the New York-based law firm Steven J. Baum think it’s funny when families lose their homes.

Topics: Economy

Ohio Univ. Activist Explains 'We're a Culture, Not a Costume' Campaign Play

Ohio Univ. Activist Explains ‘We’re a Culture, Not a Costume’ Campaign

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 10:08AM

Activist Stephanie Sheeley talks to Colorlines.com about the anti-racist Halloween campaign that’s gone viral.

Topics: Halloween, Schools & Youth

Selena Quintanilla Wins Billboard Award 16 Years After Her Death

Selena Quintanilla Wins Billboard Award 16 Years After Her Death

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 2:37PM

Selena, the Mexican-American singer behind “Como la Flor” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” continues to win awards.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Judge Approves Landmark $1.2 Billion Settlement for Black Farmers

Judge Approves Landmark $1.2 Billion Settlement for Black Farmers

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 2:10PM

Tens of thousands of farmers who suffered racial discrimination by the U.S. Agriculture Department in the 1980s and ’90s may start getting compensation soon.

Topics: Politics

Teen Accused in James Anderson's Killing Linked to Other Hate Crimes

Teen Accused in James Anderson’s Killing Linked to Other Hate Crimes

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 10:44AM

Parents, students and now the Department of Justice say Deryl Dedmon has been involved in multiple hate crimes in Mississippi.

Topics: Criminal Justice

South Dakota Profits When Native Kids Get Thrown Into Foster Care

South Dakota Profits When Native Kids Get Thrown Into Foster Care

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2011, 2:43PM

Nearly 700 Native American children in the state are being removed from their homes every year.

Topics: Politics

NYPD Officer Tries to Explain Away The 50 Shots That Killed Sean Bell

NYPD Officer Tries to Explain Away The 50 Shots That Killed Sean Bell

by Jorge Rivas on October 27 2011, 2:16PM

NYPD Detective Gescard Isnora is facing disciplinary action five years after Bell’s death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

ICE Agent During Search: 'The Warrant is Coming Out of My Balls'

ICE Agent During Search: ‘The Warrant is Coming Out of My Balls’

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2011, 12:09PM

The ACLU alleges that ICE’s tactics are growing dirtier by the day.

Topics: Immigration

Federal Judge Blocks Florida's Welfare Drug Testing Law

Federal Judge Blocks Florida’s Welfare Drug Testing Law

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2011, 11:26AM

The state’s law requiring welfare applicants to pass drug tests was temporarily blocked by a federal judge, who indicated it likely violates the Fourth Amendment.

Topics: Politics

Riot Police Raid Occupy Oakland, Arrest 85

Riot Police Raid Occupy Oakland, Arrest 85

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 3:32PM

The occupation had been one of the largest 99 percent protests in the country.

Topics: Politics

300 Colorado Homeowners Close Their Accounts at Wells Fargo

300 Colorado Homeowners Close Their Accounts at Wells Fargo

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 2:41PM

On Tuesday, 300 members of the Colorado Progressive Coalition divested from the state’s largest bank.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

The Maddening Effect of South Carolina's Proposed Voter ID Law

The Maddening Effect of South Carolina’s Proposed Voter ID Law

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 11:44AM

Poor black people in the South have to jump through hoops to be able to vote in 2012.

Topics: Politics

Ohio Univ. Students to Classmates: 'We're a Culture, Not a Costume' Photo

Ohio Univ. Students to Classmates: ‘We’re a Culture, Not a Costume’

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 9:26AM

Controversy surrounding racist Halloween costumes have become a routine part of the holiday on college campuses. Some Ohio University students decided to get in front of the problem this year—and they’re making a national sensation doing so.

Topics: Halloween, Schools & Youth

Sarah Silverman Organizes 'Live From Niggerhead' Comedy Show

Sarah Silverman Organizes ‘Live From Niggerhead’ Comedy Show

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 4:13PM

Some see a disaster. But Silverman sees a teachable moment.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wins Landslide Re-Election

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wins Landslide Re-Election

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 2:15PM

The country’s first Indian American governor wins his re-election bid in Louisiana. Some say the White House is the next stop.

Topics: Politics

Fashion's New Asian Supermodel Fad Driven by Dollars

Fashion’s New Asian Supermodel Fad Driven by Dollars

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 12:33PM

As China becomes a driving global economic force, the fashion industry is trying to target its consumer base.

Topics: Arts & Culture