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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.

Dr. Tiya Miles Discusses Cherokee Nation Freedmen Controversy

Dr. Tiya Miles Discusses Cherokee Nation Freedmen Controversy

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 2:57PM

The McArthur Genius grantee offers her opinion on the Cherokee Nation’s freemen controversy.

Topics: History

HBO's 'Latino List' Shows Complexities of Being Latino in the U.S.

HBO’s ‘Latino List’ Shows Complexities of Being Latino in the U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 2:02PM

HBO’s “The Latino List” is an exploration of what it takes and what it means to be a successful Latino in the US today.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Study: Many College Students are Part-Timers, Less Likely to Graduate

Study: Many College Students are Part-Timers, Less Likely to Graduate

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 12:45PM

A new report finds that, barring serious reforms, today’s young people will be the first generation in American history to be less educated than their predecessors.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Google Calls Racial Profiling Claims 'Wildly Inaccurate'

Google Calls Racial Profiling Claims ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 10:10AM

But the question of online security is a big one, and we’ve got tips to help ensure your privacy.

Topics: Media

Ward Connerly Joins UC Berkeley's Republican 'Diversity Bake Sale'

Ward Connerly Joins UC Berkeley’s Republican ‘Diversity Bake Sale’

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2011, 4:16PM

Ward Connerly, a former UC Regent and a national driving force of ending affirmative action, joins UC Berkeley’s College Republicans’ ‘Diversity Bakesale.’

Topics: Schools & Youth

Rhode Island to Offer In-State Tuition to Undocumented Students

Rhode Island to Offer In-State Tuition to Undocumented Students

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2011, 1:11PM

Rhode Island joins 13 other states that offer in-state tuition, scholarships or student loans to undocumented students.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Arizona Calls Off Decade-Long Accent Police Program in Schools

Arizona Calls Off Decade-Long Accent Police Program in Schools

by Jorge Rivas on September 27 2011, 10:41AM

Arizona calls off program that hindered some teachers from advancing because they pronounced “the” as “da.”

Topics: Schools & Youth

Sly Stone, the Man Behind Rock's First Integrated Band, is Homeless

Sly Stone, the Man Behind Rock’s First Integrated Band, is Homeless

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 1:32PM

Despite his success, a combination of substance abuse, financial mismanagement and a “life of excess” have left Stone homeless.

Topics: Arts & Culture

White Teen Accused in Hate Crime Killing of Black Man Says He Was 'Seeking Revenge'

White Teen Accused in Hate Crime Killing of Black Man Says He Was ‘Seeking Revenge’

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 12:47PM

The AP reports that Deryl Dedmon wanted payback for being robbed weeks earlier. James Craig Anderson payed the ultimate price.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Maxine Waters Calls Obama's CBC Criticism 'Curious'

Maxine Waters Calls Obama’s CBC Criticism ‘Curious’

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 12:15PM

Waters says the president would never have told any other group of legislators to “stop complaining.”

Topics: Politics

UC Berkeley College Republicans Hold 'Diversity Bake Sale', Mock Race

UC Berkeley College Republicans Hold ‘Diversity Bake Sale’, Mock Race

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 11:07AM

The sale is set to include baked goods that are priced according to the buyer’s race. White men pay more, Native Americans pay the least.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Sofia Vergara's Colombian Relatives Think She Should've Won an Emmy for Best Dress

Sofia Vergara’s Colombian Relatives Think She Should’ve Won an Emmy for Best Dress

by Jorge Rivas on September 23 2011, 5:25PM

The Colombian actress explains how her family thinks acting awards ceremonies are like beauty pageants.

Topics: Arts & Culture

More Than Half of 'Armed' Suspects Shot by LA Sheriff Were Not Armed

More Than Half of ‘Armed’ Suspects Shot by LA Sheriff Were Not Armed

by Jorge Rivas on September 23 2011, 2:07PM

A Board of Supervisors study finds an alarming rise in so-called “waistband shootings,” in which cops fired at suspects holding items such as sunglasses and cell phones. Nine out of 10 victims were black or Latino.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Death Penalty

Death Penalty “Unlikely” for Mississisipi Teen Found Guilty of Running over James Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on September 23 2011, 1:21PM

Hinds County district attorney says he’ll likely grant the victim’s family’s wishes and spare the life of the teen found guilty of running over James Anderson.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Help Make an 'Oh Oh, Baby Boy!' Dream Come True

Help Make an ‘Oh Oh, Baby Boy!’ Dream Come True

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2011, 5:00PM

Janine Macbeth is a mother and artist who dreams about writing a book about good fathers. But she needs your help.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Touré Calls Tyler Perry's Work 'Cinematic Malt Liquor for the Masses'

Touré Calls Tyler Perry’s Work ‘Cinematic Malt Liquor for the Masses’

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2011, 3:55PM

Cultural critic and write Touré is in the news again. This time he’s taking stabs at Tyler Perry.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Half of Latinos in U.S. Live in Country's Most Polluted Cities

Half of Latinos in U.S. Live in Country’s Most Polluted Cities

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2011, 2:03PM

Latinos face major health risks from delayed implementation of new EPA air pollution rules.

Topics: Health

Study Finds Google Uses Racial Profiling to Deliver Ads

Study Finds Google Uses Racial Profiling to Deliver Ads

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2011, 1:24PM

Study finds your Google and Gmail online experience can change based on your race.

Topics: Media

The Beatles Refused to Play for Segregated Audiences, Contract Shows

The Beatles Refused to Play for Segregated Audiences, Contract Shows

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2011, 1:00PM

The recently uncovered contract shows that the band’s stand against racial segregation was much more than an idea.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Kim Kardashian, Big Boi and the Celebrity Outcry to Save Troy Davis

Kim Kardashian, Big Boi and the Celebrity Outcry to Save Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2011, 12:24PM

Kim Kardashian surprised many by telling her 10 million followers she believes Troy Davis is innocent, joining other high profile figures who’ve added their names to the cause.

Topics: Criminal Justice