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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.

Ruby Bridges, Made Famous in Iconic Painting, Goes to White House

Ruby Bridges, Made Famous in Iconic Painting, Goes to White House

by Jorge Rivas on July 15 2011, 11:27AM

The woman was featured in one of our most iconic Civil Rights era paintings. Now, she’ll be on hand to bring it to the country’s most powerful home.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love: Margaret Cho Comes Out of the Closet... As Beautiful

Today’s Love: Margaret Cho Comes Out of the Closet… As Beautiful

by Jorge Rivas on July 14 2011, 3:27PM

It’s an important reminder about the power of self love.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Latino Facebook Users Increase by 167 Percent in One Year

Latino Facebook Users Increase by 167 Percent in One Year

by Jorge Rivas on July 14 2011, 2:11PM

The number dwarfs the percentage of new users from other races, which only increased by 21 percent during the same time.

Topics: Media

More Summer in the City! Cute Photos From Colorlines Readers

More Summer in the City! Cute Photos From Colorlines Readers

by Jorge Rivas on July 14 2011, 10:02AM

There’s too much tough news these days. So we asked you to send in shots of summer loving in our cities. Here are some of the best.

Topics: Summer

Fearless Kid Takes on Wall Street's Suits

Fearless Kid Takes on Wall Street’s Suits

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2011, 4:34PM

Little Tamara goes to the world’s financial capitol to ask bankers, “Who did you exploit today?”

Topics: Celebrate Love

Melissa Harris-Perry Explains the Current Racial Wealth Gap

Melissa Harris-Perry Explains the Current Racial Wealth Gap

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2011, 2:35PM

For every dollar a white household has, the average black household has two cents. Melissa Harris-Perry offers some historical context.

Topics: Economy

Queer New Orleans Hip-Hop Star Big Freedia Goes On National Tour

Queer New Orleans Hip-Hop Star Big Freedia Goes On National Tour

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2011, 1:02PM

The Queen of New Orleans’ bounce scene goes on national tour.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love: Young Women Rule Google's Inaugural Science Fair

Today’s Love: Young Women Rule Google’s Inaugural Science Fair

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2011, 4:56PM

Some 10,000 students entered the competition and in the end three young women take home top prizes.

Topics: Celebrate Love

The Black Eyed Peas Are Taking a Break

The Black Eyed Peas Are Taking a Break

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2011, 1:41PM

The chart-topping, anthem-cranking group said during a recent performance in England that they’re going on “indefinite hiatus.” Tear.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Whoopi Goldberg Rips Bachmann Out for 'Slavery' Vow

Whoopi Goldberg Rips Bachmann Out for ‘Slavery’ Vow

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2011, 11:02AM

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg schools Michele Bachmann and tells her to get her act together.

Topics: Media, Politics

Study Finds White People Don't Watch Black Movies. Who's to Blame? Interactive

Study Finds White People Don’t Watch Black Movies. Who’s to Blame?

by Jorge Rivas on July 12 2011, 9:51AM

If Hollywood producers were more intentional about casting actors of color in leading roles, would things really change? Take our poll.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tom Ford: Americans Are Fat, Chinese Are Slim and You're Racist

Tom Ford: Americans Are Fat, Chinese Are Slim and You’re Racist

by Jorge Rivas on July 8 2011, 2:03PM

Welcome to this week’s worst case of so-called “Colorblindness.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Rapper Bow Wow Writes Moving Letter to Fans About His Daughter

Rapper Bow Wow Writes Moving Letter to Fans About His Daughter

by Jorge Rivas on July 8 2011, 1:40PM

The child star recently revealed the he’s a father. And he’s determined to be a good one.

Topics: Media

Rosario Dawson Opens Up About Activism and Hollywood

Rosario Dawson Opens Up About Activism and Hollywood

by Jorge Rivas on July 8 2011, 1:14PM

The actress talks fame, activism, and her addiction to Twitter.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Beyoncé's Still Breaking Records With Her New Album

Beyoncé’s Still Breaking Records With Her New Album

by Jorge Rivas on July 7 2011, 1:09PM

The jury’s still out on whether girls really do run the world. But Beyonce definitely rules the charts.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Celebrating Summer in the City--Send Us Your Own Shots!

Celebrating Summer in the City—Send Us Your Own Shots!

by Jorge Rivas on July 7 2011, 9:37AM

You can send pictures or links of your pictures to me at jrivas@arc.org with the subject “Summer 2011.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Felicidades Frida Kahlo: Why Her Love and Art Live On

Felicidades Frida Kahlo: Why Her Love and Art Live On

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2011, 4:07PM

Even in the afterlife, the legendary artist continues to transform the art world.

Topics: Celebrate Love

More Latinos in U.S. Identifying as Indian

More Latinos in U.S. Identifying as Indian

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2011, 10:12AM

Meanwhile, some families obviously have mixed feelings about identifying as indigenous.

Topics: Immigration

NYPD Caught on Tape Beating Fans at Hip-Hop Release Party

NYPD Caught on Tape Beating Fans at Hip-Hop Release Party

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

Fans came to support hip-hop legends. Instead, they were met with a brutal cop takedown. Now they’re fighting against charges that they were the aggressors.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Beyoncé Headlines Britain's Biggest Music Festival

Beyoncé Headlines Britain’s Biggest Music Festival

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2011, 12:27PM

The singer breaks history, while offering up a little of her own.

Topics: Arts & Culture