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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.

Hundreds Remember Mississippi Hate Crime Victim James Anderson

Hundreds Remember Mississippi Hate Crime Victim James Anderson

by Jorge Rivas on August 15 2011, 1:55PM

The crime has shocked the nation and put local officials in the hot seat.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Video

How the Koch Brothers Tried to Segregate Wake County Schools

How the Koch Brothers Tried to Segregate Wake County Schools

by Jorge Rivas on August 15 2011, 10:43AM

The billionaire brothers backed local candidates to take down an effort to integrate the country’s 18th largest school district.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Guatemalan Girl Stuck in Gut-Wrenching Adoption Scandal

Guatemalan Girl Stuck in Gut-Wrenching Adoption Scandal

by Jorge Rivas on August 12 2011, 12:08PM

A Guatemalan court has ordered a 7-year-old returned from her adoptive U.S. parents after determining she was snatched by local kidnappers five years ago. If U.S. intervenes, it’ll be a first for international adoption.

Topics: Global Affairs

BBC (Sort of) Apologizes for Accusing Darcus Howe of Rioting in London

BBC (Sort of) Apologizes for Accusing Darcus Howe of Rioting in London

by Jorge Rivas on August 11 2011, 11:48AM

As outrage continues to mount in London, the country’s news agency apologizes for a shady interview.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

TBS Cancels 'Lopez Tonight,' Leaving TV Even Whiter Now

TBS Cancels ‘Lopez Tonight,’ Leaving TV Even Whiter Now

by Jorge Rivas on August 11 2011, 10:44AM

Whether or not you think George Lopez’s jokes are funny, it’s alarming that a country that’s quickly becoming more diverse has a media that seldom shows it.

Topics: Media

Get Ready for 24 Hours of Tyler Perry on TylerTV Cable Channel

Get Ready for 24 Hours of Tyler Perry on TylerTV Cable Channel

by Jorge Rivas on August 10 2011, 2:33PM

The man behind the popular Madea series may soon have a network of his own.

Topics: Arts & Culture

All NYC Public Middle and High Schools Will Now Have Sex-Ed

All NYC Public Middle and High Schools Will Now Have Sex-Ed

by Jorge Rivas on August 10 2011, 1:30PM

New York City Mayor Bloomberg launches sex-ed program that includes safe-sex lessons in NYC public schools.

Topics: Health

'Parks and Rec' Star Aziz Ansari Gets 'Red Dot' Question Onstage

‘Parks and Rec’ Star Aziz Ansari Gets ‘Red Dot’ Question Onstage

by Jorge Rivas on August 9 2011, 12:45PM

Comedian Aziz Ansari had a tense encounter with an audience member who had asked, “Why don’t you have a red dot on your forehead?

Topics: Arts & Culture

“Have Some Respect,” 68-Yr-Old Man Tells BBC Anchor on London Riots

by Jorge Rivas on August 9 2011, 11:37AM

Black British columnist Darcus Howe offered meaningful context on the conditions of London’s poor. And he didn’t hold anything back.

Topics: Criminal Justice, London Riots

Young White Woman Uses Mustard, Porn to Make 'How To Be Asian' Video

Young White Woman Uses Mustard, Porn to Make ‘How To Be Asian’ Video

by Jorge Rivas on August 9 2011, 10:57AM

If you thought UCLA’s Alexandra “Asians in libraries are loud” Wallace was bad, this is much worse.

Topics: Media

London Unrest Continues for Third Night After Police Shoot Black Male

London Unrest Continues for Third Night After Police Shoot Black Male

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2011, 2:50PM

Residents display outrage as police violence goes unchecked and social programs are slashed due to severe budget cuts.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Video Shows White Teens Driving Over Black Man in Mississippi Hate Crime

Video Shows White Teens Driving Over Black Man in Mississippi Hate Crime

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2011, 12:43PM

The group was allegedly out to find, hurt, and kill the first black person they saw. James Craig Anderson, 49, became their victim.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Why Amazon May Sell Jay-Z, Kanye West's 'The Throne' for 99¢

Why Amazon May Sell Jay-Z, Kanye West’s ‘The Throne’ for 99¢

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2011, 12:25PM

The artists have chosen to sell their highly anticipated new album only at exclusive, big-name retailers. Indy sellers aren’t pleased.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Five NOPD Cops Guilty in Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Shootings

Five NOPD Cops Guilty in Post-Katrina Danziger Bridge Shootings

by Jorge Rivas on August 5 2011, 5:03PM

Five officers are found guilty of civil rights violation, but not murder.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Study: Nutritious Food Costs Thousands a Year, But Fat's a Bargain

Study: Nutritious Food Costs Thousands a Year, But Fat’s a Bargain

by Jorge Rivas on August 5 2011, 2:50PM

Study finds following USDA’s updated balanced diet guidelines would add hundreds of dollars to the average consumer’s food costs.

Topics: Health

Jimmy 'Rent-Too-Damn-High' McMillan Is Getting Evicted

Jimmy ‘Rent-Too-Damn-High’ McMillan Is Getting Evicted

by Jorge Rivas on August 5 2011, 11:16AM

The man who shook up the New York gubernatorial campaign with his catch slogan is getting the boot because his “rent is too damn low.” Still, he was right about everybody else’s rent.

Topics: Economy

Hey, Beluga Whales Love Mariachis, Too

Hey, Beluga Whales Love Mariachis, Too

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 6:22PM

A beluga whale finds love in mariachi music.

Topics: Celebrate Love

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: “This Sharia Law Business Is Crap”

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 5:58PM

New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie didn’t pull any punches when he defended a Muslim American lawyer recently appointed to the state bench.

Topics: Politics

Latin Jazz Musicians File Class Action Against Grammy Awards

Latin Jazz Musicians File Class Action Against Grammy Awards

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 3:44PM

Four Latin jazz musicians are suing organizers of the Grammy Awards for eliminating the genre as an award category.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Magic Johnson Wishes He Hadn't Retired Because of HIV

Magic Johnson Wishes He Hadn’t Retired Because of HIV

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 2:46PM

Michael Johnson opens up to the LA Times about his decision to retire, the hard work he had to do to survive HIV, and what he’s learned since his diagnosis.

Topics: Health