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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.

Black Female NY Firefighter On How To Remember 9/11's First Responders

Black Female NY Firefighter On How To Remember 9/11’s First Responders

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2011, 3:41PM

BET.com has a candid interview with a New York City firefighter who saved many lives on 9/11.

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Serena Williams Loses Point at U.S. Open Women's Final For Talking

Serena Williams Loses Point at U.S. Open Women’s Final For Talking

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2011, 12:50PM

Looks like you can moan and groan all you want on the tennis court, you just can’t use actual words.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Study: White Students More Likely to Win College Scholarships

Study: White Students More Likely to Win College Scholarships

by Jorge Rivas on September 12 2011, 10:51AM

Think there aren’t enough scholarships benefiting white students? Think again.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Video Clears Orlando Man of Charges of Trying to Kill Cops

Video Clears Orlando Man of Charges of Trying to Kill Cops

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2011, 2:38PM

Orlando police officers get caught in a lie. After they shoot a guy twice.

Topics: Criminal Justice

James Anderson's Partner Can't Join Family's Wrongful Death Suit in Mississippi

James Anderson’s Partner Can’t Join Family’s Wrongful Death Suit in Mississippi

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2011, 1:48PM

Under state law, Anderson’s male partner of 17 years is not allowed to join the family’s civil suit against the white teens suspected in his high-profile murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Glee's Mike Chang is Finally Getting a Pair of Parents on the Show

Glee’s Mike Chang is Finally Getting a Pair of Parents on the Show

by Jorge Rivas on September 9 2011, 11:56AM

Good news, unless the parents come with a some over-exaggerated Asian accent.

Topics: Media

Fox Sports Cancels Show that Mocked Asian USC Students

Fox Sports Cancels Show that Mocked Asian USC Students

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2011, 11:51AM

A Fox Sports spokesperson called the offensive debut episode the now-defunct show “clearly offensive.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Rick Perry Trumpets Border Violence Lie While Agents Admit They're Bored

Rick Perry Trumpets Border Violence Lie While Agents Admit They’re Bored

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2011, 11:15AM

“The taxpayers are paying us all this extra money to do nothing,” said one agent.

Topics: Politics

Fox Sports Humiliates Asian Students at USC

Fox Sports Humiliates Asian Students at USC

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 1:44PM

Fox Sports has taken some cues from Alexandra Wallace.

Topics: Arts & Culture

New Dutch Game Show Has Immigrants Compete to Reveal Unjust System

New Dutch Game Show Has Immigrants Compete to Reveal Unjust System

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 1:06PM

Last week’s winner took home a cash prize. The loser got a bullet proof vest.

Topics: Global Affairs, Immigration

Georgia Sets September 21 Execution For Troy Davis

Georgia Sets September 21 Execution For Troy Davis

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 12:29PM

The state seems set on killing a man who many believe is innocent.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Happy Birthday to the Hippest Indian Rocker, Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday to the Hippest Indian Rocker, Freddie Mercury

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 3:15PM

The beloved singer would have turned 65 this week.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Body, Curves and Lack Thereof

Jennifer Hudson Talks About Her Body, Curves and Lack Thereof

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 1:00PM

The actor says she didn’t lose weight because she disliked her body, but rather as “a good example for my son.”

Topics: Health

Family Files Suit Against Mississippi Teens Accused of Hate Crime

Family Files Suit Against Mississippi Teens Accused of Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 12:15PM

The family’s suit names all seven teens as defendants.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Arizona Now Charges Families $25 to Visit Loved Ones in State Prisons

Arizona Now Charges Families $25 to Visit Loved Ones in State Prisons

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 11:46AM

Prisoner advocates consider this the latest frontier for in the billion-dollar private prison industry.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Comedian Katt Williams: 'I Meant What I Said' About Mexican Immigrants

Comedian Katt Williams: ‘I Meant What I Said’ About Mexican Immigrants

by Jorge Rivas on September 6 2011, 11:00AM

Katt Williams says he apologizes if anyone took his rant as anti-Mexican, but he’s not taking any of it back.

Topics: Immigration

White Teacher Complains on Facebook that She's a 'Warden for Future Criminals'

White Teacher Complains on Facebook that She’s a ‘Warden for Future Criminals’

by Jorge Rivas on September 2 2011, 12:30PM

First grade teacher Jennifer O’Brien is sticking by her words, the local activists say she represents what’s wrong with America’s schools.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Goodwin Liu Confirmation Gives CA Court Majority of Asian Justices

Goodwin Liu Confirmation Gives CA Court Majority of Asian Justices

by Jorge Rivas on September 2 2011, 12:00PM

Liu is the high court’s only Democrat and considered an expert on constitutional law, education policy and civil rights.

Topics: Politics

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

15 Arrested After Amusement Park Calls Cops on Muslim Women

by Jorge Rivas on September 1 2011, 12:52PM

The women were banned from going onto a ride that didn’t allow headgear. It all went downhill from there.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oscar De La Hoya Admits to Cheating, Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction

Oscar De La Hoya Admits to Cheating, Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction

by Jorge Rivas on September 1 2011, 11:34AM

The Latino boxing champ says he’s battled alcoholism since he was 8 years old.

Topics: Arts & Culture