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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.

Asian Americans Finally in Commercials -- As Tech Geeks

Asian Americans Finally in Commercials — As Tech Geeks

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2011, 10:21AM

The Washington Post reports on a growing trend that’s playing off of old stereotypes.

Topics: Media

Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 2:05PM

A Manhattan Judge has dismissed all charges at the prosecution’s request.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality

K'Naan Returns to Somalia After Two Decades

K’Naan Returns to Somalia After Two Decades

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 1:19PM

The Somali-Canadian rapper was greeted enthusiastically by people in his struggling homeland..

Topics: Arts & Culture

New Details in Violent Mississippi Murder of James Craig Anderson

New Details in Violent Mississippi Murder of James Craig Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 12:25PM

Family members remember the man who loved his church choir, his partner, and the four-year-old girl they raised as their own.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Machine Gun Kelly Flash Mob: White Cleveland Teens Go Wild

Machine Gun Kelly Flash Mob: White Cleveland Teens Go Wild

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2011, 2:43PM

And surprise, surprise: no fans were arrested. But the rapper and his entourage didn’t have the same luck.

Topics: Schools & Youth

MLK Memorial Unveiled to Cheers -- And Criticism

MLK Memorial Unveiled to Cheers — And Criticism

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2011, 12:45PM

Critics are unhappy Dr. King’s sculpture was created by Chinese artist Lei Yizin in China.

Topics: Politics

Climate Change Report: American Indian Tribes Hit Hardest

Climate Change Report: American Indian Tribes Hit Hardest

by Jorge Rivas on August 22 2011, 11:04AM

Whether it’s a storm, wildfire or drought, the study found American Indian Tribes are always hit the hardest.

Topics: Environment

Wendy and Jess Give Us Food Heaven, Made Easy

Wendy and Jess Give Us Food Heaven, Made Easy

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 5:44PM

Wendy and Jess are teaching Brooklyn how to cook healthy 3-course meals for $10. Yes, $10 U.S. dollars.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Carlos Santana: Grammy Academy is Racist for Cutting Award Categories

Carlos Santana: Grammy Academy is Racist for Cutting Award Categories

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 1:30PM

His comments come after the Recording Academy’s decision in April to consolidate or eliminate music categories that mostly include artists of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Foreign Students on U.S. Summer Visas Tricked to Work at Hershey's Factory

Foreign Students on U.S. Summer Visas Tricked to Work at Hershey’s Factory

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

They came for a cultural exchange, and got night shifts instead.

Topics: Immigration

Black Women Object to TSA's Airport Hair Pat Downs

Black Women Object to TSA’s Airport Hair Pat Downs

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 12:00PM

The women say that they’re unfairly targeted for additional screening at the nation’s airports.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Poll: More Than Half of Americans Believe King's Dream Has Been Fulfilled

Poll: More Than Half of Americans Believe King’s Dream Has Been Fulfilled

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 11:54AM

Just over half of Americans polled say Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.

Topics: Politics

Black Man Jokes With Harlem to Get Real on Race

Black Man Jokes With Harlem to Get Real on Race

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2011, 2:48PM

Robert Pinderhuze goes out in to the streets and uses humor to make a tough conversation easy.

Topics: Media

Black and Latino Parents Lose Child Custody Over Marijuana Charges

Black and Latino Parents Lose Child Custody Over Marijuana Charges

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2011, 1:05PM

The New York Times reports on a startling trend that’s seeing black and Latino parents lose their children because of minor drug possession, even though whites use drugs more often.

Topics: Criminal Justice

'My Brooklyn' Examines Public Policy's Role in Gentrification

‘My Brooklyn’ Examines Public Policy’s Role in Gentrification

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2011, 2:47PM

A new documentary takes an important look at a force that’s transforming the country’s cities.

Topics: Economy

North Carolina Woman on Eugenics Program: 'I Was Never Feebleminded!'

North Carolina Woman on Eugenics Program: ‘I Was Never Feebleminded!’

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2011, 1:07PM

Elaine Riddick, one of thousands of mostly black women who were forcibly sterilized under the state’s eugencis program, speaks out for other victims.

Topics: History

Deadly Secrets: Supporting Documents

Deadly Secrets: Supporting Documents

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2011, 9:50AM

Deadly Secrets: How California Law Has Shielded Oakland Police Violence A fathers side of the story. Toddler’s Murder Begs Hard Questions About Violence—and Policing East Oakland has demanded more cops. They’ve also demanded less violence from the police who…

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Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins Bill Cosby in Bashing Black Teens and Parents

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins Bill Cosby in Bashing Black Teens and Parents

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 2:19PM

But while he lectures on personal responsibility, Mayor Nutter should take another look at his job description.

Topics: Politics

Dave Chappelle Sits Down for First Interview in Five Years

Dave Chappelle Sits Down for First Interview in Five Years

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 12:52PM

He explained his infamous 45-minute silent performance that made headlines in June, recovering from his addiction to being famous and life in Ohio.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Protestors Interrupt San Francisco Bay Area Transit System (BART) Service

Protestors Interrupt San Francisco Bay Area Transit System (BART) Service

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 12:29PM

Transit agency had to temporarily close all four downtown stations during the evening commute, but not before cutting cell phone service to people protesting the police shooting of Charles Hill.

Topics: Criminal Justice