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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.

Watch the 2013 State of Indian Nations Address

Watch the 2013 State of Indian Nations Address

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 12:37PM

Last Thursday, Jefferson Keel , president of the D.C.-based National Congress of American Indian, delivered the annual State of Indian Nations Address….

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Beyoncé's HBO Doc Most Watched Since Katrina Series

Beyoncé’s HBO Doc Most Watched Since Katrina Series

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 11:47AM

Bey’s doc has become the most-watched documentary in nearly 10 years on the network.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Harlem Residents React to 'Harlem Shake' Videos

Harlem Residents React to ‘Harlem Shake’ Videos

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2013, 10:57AM

Actor and filmmaker Chris McGuire took his camera to Harlem to ask the community what they thought of the current ‘Harlem Shake’ video craze. McGuire recorded Harlem’s residents watching videos of folks dancing to DJ and producer Baauer’s hit song…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

North Carolina Issues 'Deferred Action' Driver's Licences

North Carolina Issues ‘Deferred Action’ Driver’s Licences

by Jorge Rivas on February 19 2013, 1:06PM

North Carolina DMV will tag DACA driver’s licenses with “No Lawful Status” and “Deferred Action” labels.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Quvenzhané Wallis On The Moment She Learned About Her Oscar Nod

Quvenzhané Wallis On The Moment She Learned About Her Oscar Nod

by Jorge Rivas on February 18 2013, 1:23PM

Quvenzhané Wallis was a guest on CNN’s “Starting Point” with host Soledad O’Brien this morning. Wallis, the youngest best actress nominee in Oscar history, discussed what it was like when she found out she was nominated for her role in…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

San Francisco Jail Inmates Dance to Stop Sexual Violence [Video]

San Francisco Jail Inmates Dance to Stop Sexual Violence [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 18 2013, 11:49AM

A global activist movement to end violence against women and girls reached San Francisco jails last week. As part of the One Billion Rising movement a group of choreographers visited San Francisco County jails to make sure inmates were able…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

ACLU Obtains Emails That Prove ICE Officials Set Deportation Quotas

ACLU Obtains Emails That Prove ICE Officials Set Deportation Quotas

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 4:22PM

U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of an urgent push to make sure the government would not fall short of its criminal deportation targets.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Good Lord, Herman Cain Joins Fox News Channel as Contributor

Good Lord, Herman Cain Joins Fox News Channel as Contributor

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 2:12PM

Fox News announced on Friday that it has signed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain on as a contributor. “Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the Fox News and Fox Business lineup. As a political expert with…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pew Study Finds Blacks and Latinos Love Instagram and Twitter

Pew Study Finds Blacks and Latinos Love Instagram and Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 1:44PM

26% of black Internet users surveyed use Twitter, compared to 14% of white users.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Navajo Nation Plans to Become First Tribe to Manage Its Own Medicaid System

Navajo Nation Plans to Become First Tribe to Manage Its Own Medicaid System

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 12:01PM

The Navajo Nation is on its way to becoming the first tribe to manage its own federally funded medicaid program.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Family Creates Personal PSA to Encourage Adopting 'Not So Little Newborn' Foster Kids

Family Creates Personal PSA to Encourage Adopting ‘Not So Little Newborn’ Foster Kids

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2013, 11:43AM

Two years ago Kelli Higgins and her husband adopted two children, a 10 and 5-year old, and recently realized they didn’t have any pictures of them as newborns. Higgins, who is a photographer, improvised her own solution of sort: she…

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Little Rock Teen Wins $75K on 'Jeopardy'

Little Rock Teen Wins $75K on ‘Jeopardy’

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2013, 11:13AM

Cooper is a senior at Little Rock’s eStem Public High Charter School and said he hopes to go to Brown University.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jose Antonio Vargas at Senate Immigration Hearing: We're Not 'Alien People From Mars'

Jose Antonio Vargas at Senate Immigration Hearing: We’re Not ‘Alien People From Mars’

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2013, 1:30PM

On Wednesday, Jose Antonio Vargas spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on immigration. Vargas told the panel that immigrants “dream of not being seperated from our families and our loved ones, regardless of sexual orientation, no matter our skill…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit' Stickers Sold in Colorado Gas Stations

‘Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit’ Stickers Sold in Colorado Gas Stations

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2013, 12:15PM

Colorado’s 9News reporter Jeremy Jojola purchased an offensive anti-immigrant sticker at a Cenex gas station in Eaton, Colo., about 60 miles north of Denver. The green sticker includes an outline of the continental United States with the words “ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT…

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Another Black Ex-LAPD Cop Writes Manifesto, Says He Understands Dorner

Another Black Ex-LAPD Cop Writes Manifesto, Says He Understands Dorner

by Jorge Rivas on February 13 2013, 11:19AM

Joe Jones wants to make it clear he doesn’t support Chris Dorner, he just wants to share his own experience working for the LAPD. On Monday, the former officer posted a note on Facebook detailing experiences he had while in…

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Not Loving It: Young Students Forced to Go to McDonalds for WiFi After Libraries Close

Not Loving It: Young Students Forced to Go to McDonalds for WiFi After Libraries Close

by Jorge Rivas on February 12 2013, 3:02PM

Wifi… would you like fries with that?

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Hadiya Pendleton's Parents Will Join Michelle Obama At The State Of The Union

Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents Will Join Michelle Obama At The State Of The Union

by Jorge Rivas on February 12 2013, 11:06AM

The parents of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendelton will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday as guests of first lady Michelle Obama, according to local news reports. “It’s bittersweet,” Cleopatra Cowley told NBC News after she and her…

Topics: /NOW, Politics

Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits Video Playlist

Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits Video Playlist

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 4:02PM

In her 48-years with us Whitney Houston broke numerous charts and sales records. But on the one year anniversary of her death it’s important to note she also broke barriers in Hollywood. When she starred in the 1992 film “The…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kobe Bryant Corrects Fan for Using Anti-Gay Slur on Twitter

Kobe Bryant Corrects Fan for Using Anti-Gay Slur on Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 3:02PM

Remember when Kobe Bryant called an NBA referee an anti-gay slur in 2011? It appears that experience was a life lesson for the Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard because he is now schooling others for using anti-gay slurs. Early Monday…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ava DuVernay Debuts New Short Film for Miu Miu

Ava DuVernay Debuts New Short Film for Miu Miu

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2013, 2:15PM

In 2012, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her feature “Middle of Nowhere.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW