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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.

Check out Jorge's media appearances here.

Follow Jorge on Twitter at @thisisjorge.

Kreayshawn:

Kreayshawn: “There Are, Like, Times When It Sucks Being White”

by Jorge Rivas on August 3 2011, 4:31PM

East Oakland’s white rap phenom Kreayshawn’s still talking—and banking a million-dollar record deal.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Voter Suppression in Wisconsin--a Sign of What's to Come in 2012?

Voter Suppression in Wisconsin—a Sign of What’s to Come in 2012?

by Jorge Rivas on August 3 2011, 3:20PM

AlterNet’s Adele Stan spots shady poll tactics from a group backed by billionaire David Koch.

Topics: Politics

Akon Responds to Lupe: Obama's No Terrorist, But Maybe GOP Is

Akon Responds to Lupe: Obama’s No Terrorist, But Maybe GOP Is

by Jorge Rivas on August 3 2011, 12:43PM

WATCH: The Senegalese-born R&B star responds to Lupe Fiasco’s critique of President Obama, saying he’s seen for himself how differently the world thinks about America now.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Natalie Cole Tells The Root About Living With Hep C for 25 Years

Natalie Cole Tells The Root About Living With Hep C for 25 Years

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2011, 4:08PM

The performer is taking on a campaign to raise awareness about the disease in black and Latino communities, where death rates are far higher than the population as a whole.

Topics: Health

Chicago CBS Affiliate Makes 4-yr.-old Sound Like a Thug, Says Sorry

Chicago CBS Affiliate Makes 4-yr.-old Sound Like a Thug, Says Sorry

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2011, 12:01PM

Turns out the kid who supposedly bragged about wanting to have a gun when he grows up really said he wants to be a police officer. The station acknowledges “mistakes were made.”

Topics: Media

People of Color are Leading YouTube's Growth

People of Color are Leading YouTube’s Growth

by Jorge Rivas on July 29 2011, 10:40AM

But will tiered pricing plans curb mobile Web growth?

Topics: Media, Technology

Why Are So Few Young Men of Color Graduating High School? Infographic

Why Are So Few Young Men of Color Graduating High School?

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2011, 12:00PM

New graphics tell the story.

Topics: Schools & Youth

L.A. County Museum of Art Acquires Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.

L.A. County Museum of Art Acquires Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2011, 1:00PM

American modern artist Edward Biberman’s piece becomes the first painting of King to enter into the museum’s permanent collection.

Topics: Arts & Culture

New to the World of Comics: Guillermo Del Toro and Tom Morello

New to the World of Comics: Guillermo Del Toro and Tom Morello

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2011, 1:30PM

It’s all part of Dark Horse Comic’s plan to court new readers to the genre.

Topics: Arts & Culture

UConn Says Bronx Prodigy Autum Ashante Was Never Accepted

UConn Says Bronx Prodigy Autum Ashante Was Never Accepted

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2011, 11:05AM

Controversy’s brewing over who’s telling the truth. Did a reporter leave out critical information from the story? Or did the girl’s father make the whole thing up?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Michelle Obama: Major Chains Can Make Healthy Foods Affordable

Michelle Obama: Major Chains Can Make Healthy Foods Affordable

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2011, 10:04AM

With Wal-Mart and Walgreens signing on to the deal, an apple a day might be easier to get these days for the country’s poor communities.

Topics: Health

Civil Rights Schoolchild Ruby Bridges Meets President Obama

Civil Rights Schoolchild Ruby Bridges Meets President Obama

by Jorge Rivas on July 22 2011, 2:44PM

The girl made famous in Normal Rockwell’s iconic painting finally goes to the White House.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love: The Great Yao Ming

Today’s Love: The Great Yao Ming

by Jorge Rivas on July 21 2011, 5:12PM

The Chinese basketball hero announced his retirement this week. We take a look back at why he’s so important.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Bravo and Ryan Seacrest Announce Persian 'Jersey Shore' Reality Show

Bravo and Ryan Seacrest Announce Persian ‘Jersey Shore’ Reality Show

by Jorge Rivas on July 21 2011, 2:12PM

At least the producers are excited. “There’s not a show like it on TV,” they’ve said.

Topics: Media

Today's Love: Teacher Bravely Leads Kids in Song During Shootout

Today’s Love: Teacher Bravely Leads Kids in Song During Shootout

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2011, 4:33PM

A kindergarden teacher in Mexico displays an extraordinary act of courage.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Black Activists Take on US Airways for Saggy Pants Incident

Black Activists Take on US Airways for Saggy Pants Incident

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2011, 12:14PM

Advocates are calling on the airline to publicly apologize to 20-year-old Deshon Marman.

Topics: National Security

Inmate Health Dwindles as Prison Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week

Inmate Health Dwindles as Prison Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week

by Jorge Rivas on July 20 2011, 12:13PM

Some striking inmates have lost over 20 pounds, and the situation is fast becoming a matter of life or death.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Rihanna Becomes Most Popular Woman on Facebook

Rihanna Becomes Most Popular Woman on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2011, 11:21AM

Rihanna becomes the most popular social media star of color in the world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Black Prodigy's Admission to UConn Revoked Amid Claims of Radical Poetry

Black Prodigy’s Admission to UConn Revoked Amid Claims of Radical Poetry

by Jorge Rivas on July 18 2011, 11:28AM

Autum Ashante is a 13-year-old with an IQ of 149. But she’s already being called the “racist poet” by some conservatives.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Ford Models Working on Promo Material Featuring Only Models of Color

Ford Models Working on Promo Material Featuring Only Models of Color

by Jorge Rivas on July 15 2011, 12:54PM

But will efforts to recruit more models of color last very long?

Topics: Arts & Culture