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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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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2013, 1:44PM
26% of black Internet users surveyed use Twitter, compared to 14% of white users.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
by Jorge Rivas on February 12 2013, 3:02PM
Wifi… would you like fries with that?
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…
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…
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…