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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.

Cindy Chang Teaches Us How to Love And Follow Our Dreams

Cindy Chang Teaches Us How to Love And Follow Our Dreams

by Jorge Rivas on June 30 2011, 5:13PM

She didn’t just stun the crowd with her nationally televised singing. She surprised herself.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Your Colorlines.com Summer 2011 Movie Guide

Your Colorlines.com Summer 2011 Movie Guide

by Jorge Rivas on June 30 2011, 10:23AM

We know you’ve already heard about all the blockbusters. But here’s our list of underrated summer flicks.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS

Latina Transgender Beauty Queens Raise Awareness for HIV/AIDS

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2011, 2:00PM

An all-Latina transgender diva race brings HIV/AIDS prevention and health messages to Orange County’s Latino community.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

New Yorkers Show Their Love at This Year's Gay Pride Parade Photo

New Yorkers Show Their Love at This Year’s Gay Pride Parade

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2011, 5:25PM

Late on Friday, the state became the third and most populous state in the country to allow same sex couples to wed. That’s a great way to get the party started.

Topics: Celebrate Love, LGBT Pride 2011

Chris Brown Wins Five BET Awards

Chris Brown Wins Five BET Awards

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2011, 2:00PM

The singer thanks his fans in the latest chapter of his comeback kid narrative. But has he gotten the help he needs?

Topics: Arts & Culture

More Than Half of U.S. Children Under Age 2 Are Of Color

More Than Half of U.S. Children Under Age 2 Are Of Color

by Jorge Rivas on June 24 2011, 1:09PM

Here’s more proof that the country is growing more diverse. The question now is how our policies will reflect that change.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Do Airlines Have a Double Standard for Black Passengers? Take Our Poll Interactive

Do Airlines Have a Double Standard for Black Passengers? Take Our Poll

by Jorge Rivas on June 24 2011, 11:12AM

US Airways has sparked widespread criticism with its “sagging pants” controversy. We want to know what you think.

Topics: Politics

Lupe Fiasco Debates Bill O'Reilly on Obama Being 'Biggest Terrorist'

Lupe Fiasco Debates Bill O’Reilly on Obama Being ‘Biggest Terrorist’

by Jorge Rivas on June 23 2011, 1:01PM

The rapper agreed to appear on the show to defend his controversial comments about the president.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Still Think the Rent's Too Damn High? Watch Jimmy McMillan's New Film

Still Think the Rent’s Too Damn High? Watch Jimmy McMillan’s New Film

by Jorge Rivas on June 23 2011, 12:46PM

Move over Will Smith. Rent is Too Damn High Jimmy McMillan is starring in this summer’s blockbuster hit.

Topics:

Top Songs on Our Colorlines.com Summertime Soundtrack

Top Songs on Our Colorlines.com Summertime Soundtrack

by Jorge Rivas, Jamilah King on June 22 2011, 12:25PM

Whether you’re kicking back at the beach or lounging around the office, we’ve got a list of songs to help get your summer started off on the right foot.

Topics: Arts & Culture

John McCain's Puzzled by Controversy Over Wildfire Comments

John McCain’s Puzzled by Controversy Over Wildfire Comments

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2011, 2:10PM

Looks like the former presidential candidate is backtracking from his latest outrageous claims that undocumented immigrants are to blame for Arizona’s blazes.

Topics: Immigration

How Do You Prevent Arizona's Wildfires? John McCain Says 'Deportation'

How Do You Prevent Arizona’s Wildfires? John McCain Says ‘Deportation’

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2011, 4:22PM

Once again,the former presidential candidate is fanning the anti-immigrant flames.

Topics: Immigration

Reporter's Notebook: The Education of Jose Pedraza Play

Reporter’s Notebook: The Education of Jose Pedraza

by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2011, 9:59AM

Colorlines reporter Julianne Hing describes how one family has come together amid hard times to still get the best education for their son.

Topics: Education Reform, Schools & Youth

Tyler Perry: Spike Lee 'Can Go Straight to Hell'

Tyler Perry: Spike Lee ‘Can Go Straight to Hell’

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2011, 2:49PM

Let the war of words begin.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Brazilian Volleyball Team Shows Love to Openly Gay Player

Brazilian Volleyball Team Shows Love to Openly Gay Player

by Jorge Rivas on April 15 2011, 5:40PM

Let’s hope Kobe’s taking pointers.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Jennifer Hudson Is Among World's Most Beautiful, Says People Mag

Jennifer Hudson Is Among World’s Most Beautiful, Says People Mag

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2011, 3:37PM

We agree.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Grammys Chop Award Categories, Worrying Some Artists of Color

Grammys Chop Award Categories, Worrying Some Artists of Color

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2011, 3:46PM

A number of award categories for Latin and other ethnic music are gone.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Unfazed by Blackface Fiasco, Beyoncé Eyes 200 African Dancers for Video

Unfazed by Blackface Fiasco, Beyoncé Eyes 200 African Dancers for Video

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2011, 2:05PM

Could be cute. Or could be the “return to Beyoncé’s African roots” is spiraling out of control.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Celebrating Cesar Chavez's Work, Love and Legacy

Celebrating Cesar Chavez’s Work, Love and Legacy

by Jorge Rivas on March 31 2011, 3:48PM

Today the worker rights icon would have turned 84 years old.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Remembering Selena's Trailblazing Music

Remembering Selena’s Trailblazing Music

by Jorge Rivas on March 31 2011, 1:49PM

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Topics: Arts & Culture