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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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Baltimore Firm Sued for Testing Lead Levels on Black Children in 1990s

Baltimore Firm Sued for Testing Lead Levels on Black Children in 1990s

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2011, 2:23PM

More than 100 children were endangered by high levels of lead dust in their homes arranged the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Topics: Health

Jad Abumrad, Economist Roland Fryer Among MacArthur Genius Fellows

Jad Abumrad, Economist Roland Fryer Among MacArthur Genius Fellows

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2011, 1:17PM

We’ve rounded up all of this year’s winners of color.

Topics: Media

Breaking: Georgia Parole Board Denies Clemency for Troy Davis

Breaking: Georgia Parole Board Denies Clemency for Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on September 20 2011, 9:19AM

The board decided Tuesday morning to deny Davis clemency, despite increasing doubt in his case.

Topics: Troy Davis

Have You Shared the Love With Your Teachers Today?

Have You Shared the Love With Your Teachers Today?

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2011, 5:05PM

A new campaign strives to offer teachers the recognition that they deserve.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Conservative Andrew Klavan Headed to Glenn Beck Online TV Network

Conservative Andrew Klavan Headed to Glenn Beck Online TV Network

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2011, 1:56PM

The conservative screenwriter who instigated the Park 51 saga will join Beck’s online subscription video network.

Topics: Media

No Winners of Color at the Emmys

No Winners of Color at the Emmys

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2011, 12:16PM

ABC’s “Modern Family” was the bigger winner, but even actors of color from that show didn’t win the night’s big awards.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Supporters Rally to Save Troy Davis Days Before Scheduled Execution

Supporters Rally to Save Troy Davis Days Before Scheduled Execution

by Jorge Rivas on September 16 2011, 1:10PM

Time is running out for Troy Davis, the death row inmate who many believe is innocent. Here’s a list of rallies happening across the country to save his life.

Topics: Troy Davis

Apple Bans App That Exposes Shady Side of iPhone Manufacturing

Apple Bans App That Exposes Shady Side of iPhone Manufacturing

by Jorge Rivas on September 16 2011, 12:01PM

Apple says they banned an iPhone app because of “depictions of child abuse.” All the app was doing was exposing the shady labor practices at their manufacturing plants

Topics: Media

'Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' Star Issa Rae: Write What You Know

‘Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ Star Issa Rae: Write What You Know

by Jorge Rivas on September 16 2011, 11:44AM

The creator of the popular Web series offers tips on how to create a show and cultivate an audience.

Topics: Media

Ten Years Since the Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, First 9/11 Hate Crime

Ten Years Since the Murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, First 9/11 Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 4:41PM

It’s a sad reminder of the hate that followed 9/11.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv.

U.S. Government Pressures Cherokee Nation to Accept Descendants of Slaves

U.S. Government Pressures Cherokee Nation to Accept Descendants of Slaves

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 3:57PM

The battle between the Cherokee Nation and the black members recently expelled from membership just got uglier.

Topics: Politics

Family of James Anderson Opposes Death Penalty in Alleged Hate Crime

Family of James Anderson Opposes Death Penalty in Alleged Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 2:01PM

“The punishment for those with hate in their hearts should be one tempered with love,” says the family.

Topics: Criminal Justice

FBI Trains Agents to Think 'Mainstream' Muslims Are 'Violent, Radical'

FBI Trains Agents to Think ‘Mainstream’ Muslims Are ‘Violent, Radical’

by Jorge Rivas on September 15 2011, 12:46PM

An FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia has been teaching agents that “any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law.

Topics: Politics

The Game Wants Gay Rappers to Come Out, But Spreads Downlow Myth

The Game Wants Gay Rappers to Come Out, But Spreads Downlow Myth

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2011, 3:01PM

Two-time Grammy Awards nominee rapper Game is being praised for openly accepting gays but in the process he’s telling myths about men in the “down low” spreading HIV.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Maxine Waters Asks Why The President Is So Afraid to Say 'Black Unemployment'

Maxine Waters Asks Why The President Is So Afraid to Say ‘Black Unemployment’

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2011, 10:50AM

In an interview with Loop 21, the outspoken lawmaker explains why she’s been so critical of the president.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Today is the 15th Anniversary of Rapper Tupac Shakur's Death

Today is the 15th Anniversary of Rapper Tupac Shakur’s Death

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 5:01PM

Watch him at 15 dancing with Jada Pinkett and celebrating life.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Tyler Perry is the Highest-Paid Man in the Entertainment Industry

Tyler Perry is the Highest-Paid Man in the Entertainment Industry

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 3:48PM

Love him or hate him, there’s no stopping Tyler Perry’s cash flow.

Topics: Arts & Culture

A Guide to Nicki Minaj's Outfits at New York's Fashion Week

A Guide to Nicki Minaj’s Outfits at New York’s Fashion Week

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 2:30PM

Nicki Minaj brought all her clothes and wigs to New York for fashion week. And she’s wearing them all at the same time.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez and George Lopez Win ALMA Awards

Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez and George Lopez Win ALMA Awards

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 12:05PM

The annual awards show honors the spirit and accomplishments of Latinos in the media.

Topics: Media

The Last Fall: How NFL Dreams Turn To Nightmares

The Last Fall: How NFL Dreams Turn To Nightmares

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 11:58AM

The average NFL player’s career only lasts three years. A new film explores what happens to many athletes once they leave the field for good.

Topics: Arts & Culture