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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.

Bishop Eddie Long Sued for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Bishop Eddie Long Sued for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 12:04PM

The suit argues that the embattled bishop helped trick his parishioners out of over $1 million.

Topics: Economy

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave,  Elders of Color Enter

New Disparity in Nursing Homes: Whites Leave, Elders of Color Enter

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 1:36PM

Changing demographics and stubbornly consistent gaps in health care access are to blame.

Topics: Health

MC Hammer Says His New Search Engine Wiredoo is Better Than Google

MC Hammer Says His New Search Engine Wiredoo is Better Than Google

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 1:32PM

Need a new online experience? Stop. Hammer time.

Topics: Media

Hey, Media: Don't Lecture Black Women About Marriage

Hey, Media: Don’t Lecture Black Women About Marriage

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 12:10PM

Racialicious’ Latoya Peterson on the media’s obsession with black women and marriage rates among African-Americans.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Film on Alice Walker Nears Finish Line, But Needs Your Help

Film on Alice Walker Nears Finish Line, But Needs Your Help

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 9:54AM

The producers want to finish the project in time for the 30th anniversary of “The Color Purple.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

There's An App for That: Figure Out How Many 'Slaves' Work for You

There’s An App for That: Figure Out How Many ‘Slaves’ Work for You

by Jorge Rivas on October 20 2011, 2:00PM

There’s often a heavy price to pay for your favorite gadgets. And that’s long before they hit store shelves.

Topics: Media

Rick Perry Reserves His 'Brother' References for Herman Cain

Rick Perry Reserves His ‘Brother’ References for Herman Cain

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 3:34PM

Is the Texas governor trying to make up for his “Niggerhead” ranch controversy?

Topics: Politics

Tyra Banks Talks About New Best-Selling Dystopian Fantasy Novel for Teens

Tyra Banks Talks About New Best-Selling Dystopian Fantasy Novel for Teens

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 2:00PM

And claims to have lost her hair in the process of writing it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

(Un)occupy Albuquerque Connects Corporate Greed to Fight for Native Land

(Un)occupy Albuquerque Connects Corporate Greed to Fight for Native Land

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 11:54AM

For New Mexico’s indigenous people, ‘Occupy’ means 500 years of forced occupation of their lands, according to activists.

Topics: #Occupy

Anita Hill Opens Up About Today's Racial Injustices

Anita Hill Opens Up About Today’s Racial Injustices

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 9:49AM

In an interview with The Root, the legal scholar makes an important distinction between equality and civil rights.

Topics: Arts & Culture

New Campaign Explores World Without Unjust Immigrant Detentions

New Campaign Explores World Without Unjust Immigrant Detentions

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2011, 3:00PM

Detention Watch Network’s new campaign looks to enrage, and then inspire.

Topics: Celebrate Love

'Pariah' Film Director Dee Rees Talks About Coming Out Queer

‘Pariah’ Film Director Dee Rees Talks About Coming Out Queer

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2011, 1:24PM

Dee Rees, the writer and director of the LGBT film “Pariah,” discusses her own experience coming out of the closet.

Topics: Arts & Culture

NYPD Cop Taped Making Racial Slur About Black Man After Stop-and-Frisk

NYPD Cop Taped Making Racial Slur About Black Man After Stop-and-Frisk

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2011, 11:51AM

It’s just the latest case of racial bias in a controversial departmental policy that targets young black and brown men.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Tommie Smith and John Carlos' Olympic Protest Heard 'Round the World

Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ Olympic Protest Heard ‘Round the World

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2011, 4:14PM

We remember Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the 43rd anniversary of their heroic protest.

Topics: Celebrate Love

MLK Memorial Finally Dedicated After 10 Years of Fundraising, a Hurricane and Earthquake

MLK Memorial Finally Dedicated After 10 Years of Fundraising, a Hurricane and Earthquake

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2011, 2:32PM

The celebration was far smaller than organizers had anticipated back in August, but the message was loud and clear: there’s still work left to be done.

Topics: Politics

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global While Focus Stays on the Poor

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global While Focus Stays on the Poor

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2011, 12:29PM

President Obama chimed in and Brooklyn activists used song to stop foreclosures as this weekend’s Occupy protests continued around the globe.

Topics: #Occupy

Native American Leader and Activist ‎Elouise Cobell Dies at 65

Native American Leader and Activist ‎Elouise Cobell Dies at 65

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2011, 12:14PM

The American Indian woman who led to the largest government class-action settlement in the country’s history, died Sunday. She was 65.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Showtime and Lee Daniels Developing Drama Series Set in NYC Ball Scene

Showtime and Lee Daniels Developing Drama Series Set in NYC Ball Scene

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 6:00PM

Lee Daniels, the man behind the film “Precious,” is developing a new drama series centered around New York City’s house and ball scene.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Today's Love: Cute Kids Dropping the I-Word

Today’s Love: Cute Kids Dropping the I-Word

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 5:49PM

9-year-old Sam from Tucson, Arizona tells us why he’s not calling anyone the i-word.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Dozens of Beatings and Coverups by Officers in L.A. County Jails

Dozens of Beatings and Coverups by Officers in L.A. County Jails

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 3:58PM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department is under even more scrutiny, just as the state begins moving thousands of inmates from state prisons to county jails.

Topics: Criminal Justice