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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.

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Women Activists from Liberia and Yemen

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Women Activists from Liberia and Yemen

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 2:50PM

Most of the recipients in the award’s 110-year history have been men.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Rapper 2pac's Family Readies Legal Team to Stop Release of Sex Tape

Rapper 2pac’s Family Readies Legal Team to Stop Release of Sex Tape

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 2:35PM

Afeni Shakur, the slain rapper’s mother, says she will sue any and everyone who tries to sell the 1991 tape of her son with an unidentified woman.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' Star Issa Rae on CNN

‘Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ Star Issa Rae on CNN

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 11:57AM

The creator of the hit YouTube series dishes on what led her to want to change Hollywood.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Herman Cain Calls Occupy Wall Street 'Un-American'

Herman Cain Calls Occupy Wall Street ‘Un-American’

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 11:37AM

Republican presidential candidate continues to criticize Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Topics: Politics

Meet The Root's 100 Most Influential African-Americans Under 45

Meet The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans Under 45

by Jorge Rivas on October 6 2011, 2:54PM

The Root unveiled its highly-anticipated round up of movers and shakers. See who made the list.

Topics: Arts & Culture

96-Year-Old Black Woman Denied Right to Vote in Tennessee

96-Year-Old Black Woman Denied Right to Vote in Tennessee

by Jorge Rivas on October 6 2011, 2:06PM

Dorothy Cooper may not be able to vote in 2012. It’ll be the first election she’s missed in 50 years.

Topics: Politics

Study: Incarcerating Hordes of Youth is Costly and Ineffective

Study: Incarcerating Hordes of Youth is Costly and Ineffective

by Jorge Rivas on October 5 2011, 1:58PM

The Annie E. Casey Foundation says that prison is no place for kids.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth

Latinos Abandon Alabama Homes, Classrooms, Churches After HB 56

Latinos Abandon Alabama Homes, Classrooms, Churches After HB 56

by Jorge Rivas on October 5 2011, 10:30AM

One Bishop says that families are fleeing the state overnight to escape the country’s harshest immigration enforcement law.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration

Detroit Police Officer Charged in Shooting Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Detroit Police Officer Charged in Shooting Death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 3:40PM

Joseph Weekley has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Rihanna Goes White and Blonde On New Vogue UK Cover

Rihanna Goes White and Blonde On New Vogue UK Cover

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 2:39PM

The new look is all too common for darker skinned women who end up on the covers of magazines.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Report: New Restrictive Voting Rules Could Hurt 5 Million Americans

Report: New Restrictive Voting Rules Could Hurt 5 Million Americans

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 2:00PM

New restrictive voting laws across the country could affect up to five million voters from traditionally Democratic demographics in 2012, a new report has found.

Topics: Politics

ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Theme Song After Obama-Hitler Comparison

ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Theme Song After Obama-Hitler Comparison

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 12:00PM

But Williams isn’t backing down from his comments on the irony of politicians golfing together while working America struggles.

Topics: Politics

Eight New Albums for Your Fall Music Playlists

Eight New Albums for Your Fall Music Playlists

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 9:45AM

From New York City diva Maluca to Bay Area based Los Rakas, we’ve rounded up some artists who should be in your headphones this fall.

Topics: Arts & Culture

1,000 Demonstrators Sit-in at Boston Bank of America Building

1,000 Demonstrators Sit-in at Boston Bank of America Building

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 9:45AM

Twenty-four people were arrested Friday for a sit-in demonstrations at a Boston Bank of America building.

Topics: Economy

Fear and Learning in Alabama: Undocumented Students Flee

Fear and Learning in Alabama: Undocumented Students Flee

by Jorge Rivas on October 3 2011, 2:00PM

Alabama public schools are seeing a sharp drop in Latino student attendance after a federal judge approved a provision in HB 56 that requires school to check birth certificates.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Immigration, Schools & Youth

Rick Perry Spent the Weekend at 'Niggerhead' Ranch

Rick Perry Spent the Weekend at ‘Niggerhead’ Ranch

by Jorge Rivas on October 3 2011, 1:43PM

Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t deny leasing a hunting camp called “Niggerhead.”

Topics: Politics

'30 Americans' Brings Work of Contemporary Black Artists Together in D.C.

‘30 Americans’ Brings Work of Contemporary Black Artists Together in D.C.

by Jorge Rivas on September 30 2011, 2:32PM

A new art exhibition in Washington, D.C. brings some of the most provocative blacks artists of the last three decades together.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'Harlistas' Documentary Follows Latino Harley-Davidson Riders

‘Harlistas’ Documentary Follows Latino Harley-Davidson Riders

by Jorge Rivas on September 30 2011, 12:20PM

The film follows nine Latino Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders who are part of a subculture of their own within a subculture.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Justice John Paul Stevens' Only Regret: Texas Death Penalty Vote

Justice John Paul Stevens’ Only Regret: Texas Death Penalty Vote

by Jorge Rivas on September 29 2011, 4:46PM

The retired judge says that his 1977 vote to reinstate the Texas death penalty isn’t something he’s proud of.

Topics: Troy Davis

The Most Popular Runway Models of Color at S/S 2012 New York Fashion Week

The Most Popular Runway Models of Color at S/S 2012 New York Fashion Week

by Jorge Rivas on September 29 2011, 1:19PM

Observers warn that what happens on the runway can have a lasting impact on popular culture.

Topics: Arts & Culture