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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.

Oprah's New Cable Channel is Struggling

Oprah’s New Cable Channel is Struggling

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2011, 1:36PM

Not everything Oprah touches turns to gold.

Topics: Media

GLAAD, Latino Media Leaders Take Aim at José Luis Sin Censura

GLAAD, Latino Media Leaders Take Aim at José Luis Sin Censura

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2011, 11:35AM

Jerry Springer can’t hold a candle to this guy.

Topics: Media

Dior Fires Designer John Galliano After Racist Tirade

Dior Fires Designer John Galliano After Racist Tirade

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2011, 11:17AM

So much for his big French Fashion Week premiere.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Maluca Takes Cameras to Pick Up Food Stamps

Maluca Takes Cameras to Pick Up Food Stamps

by Jorge Rivas on March 1 2011, 10:13AM

The Dominican performer has toured with international pop. But she’s still broke.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Oscars Go to...(Almost) All White People

The Oscars Go to…(Almost) All White People

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2011, 2:39PM

In the Academy Awards’ 83-year-history, only 1 percent of nominees have been Asian.

Topics: Oscars

Is This the Beginning of the End for a Multiracial Oscars? Infographic

Is This the Beginning of the End for a Multiracial Oscars?

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2011, 9:30AM

Industry watchers worry structural changes mean this year’s lily white Oscar list isn’t coincidental.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars

Banksy Transforms Migrant Road Sign into DREAM Crossing

Banksy Transforms Migrant Road Sign into DREAM Crossing

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2011, 4:13PM

The iconic Southern California road sign was originally created by Navajo artist John Hope.

Topics: Immigration

Oprah Talks Race and Asks What 'If Katrina Hit Bel Air'

Oprah Talks Race and Asks What ‘If Katrina Hit Bel Air’

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2011, 1:32PM

The talk show host offers her most candid comments yet one the storm.

Topics: Health, Oprah

Beyonce Sports Blackface To Honor Fela Kuti

Beyonce Sports Blackface To Honor Fela Kuti

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2011, 12:31PM

Just when we thought she couldn’t get any lighter, the singer takes a turn in the opposite direction.

Topics: Media

Oprah Talks to First Trans Supermodel Lea T

Oprah Talks to First Trans Supermodel Lea T

by Jorge Rivas on February 18 2011, 4:51PM

And only asks one ridiculous question.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Oprah, Video

Daily Love From Colorlines Readers to You

Daily Love From Colorlines Readers to You

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2011, 4:49PM

We asked our readers for images to celebrate their love. Here’s what you gave us. Enjoy!

Topics: Celebrate Love

Black Male Models Only Used as Props Photo

Black Male Models Only Used as Props

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2011, 4:00PM

Sure, they’re out there. But maybe not in a good way.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Real Housewives of Civil Rights

The Real Housewives of Civil Rights

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2011, 4:25PM

Elite Delta Force 3, a Los Angeles based all-black-female sketch comedy group, spoofs one TV’s most popular series.

Topics: Media

Oprah Tells Morning Joe to Lay Off Obama

Oprah Tells Morning Joe to Lay Off Obama

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2011, 2:40PM

Don’t you get to talking about her president.

Topics: Media, Oprah

Today's Daily Love Goes to You, Our Readers

Today’s Daily Love Goes to You, Our Readers

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2011, 5:09PM

We end each day with a dose of love. Today, it’s your turn. Send us your images of people loving—in relationships, in family, in community, in movements. Wherever. Just show us the love!

Topics: Celebrate Love

SNL Spoof Thanks America for Hosni Mubarak's 30 Year Reign

SNL Spoof Thanks America for Hosni Mubarak’s 30 Year Reign

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2011, 3:34PM

Because behind every horrible dictator is an enabling superpower.

Topics:

Grammy Award Recap: Angry Bieber Fans Hack Jazz History

Grammy Award Recap: Angry Bieber Fans Hack Jazz History

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2011, 12:33PM

Esperanza Spalding becomes first jazz artist to steal the show, enrages millions of teens.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love Goes to Egypt's People Making History Photo

Today’s Love Goes to Egypt’s People Making History

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2011, 5:20PM

The world has joined in their moment of celebration.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Groupon Pulls Tibet Super Bowl Ad

Groupon Pulls Tibet Super Bowl Ad

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2011, 1:03PM

The company says it will opt of an ad that’s less controversial.

Topics: Media

Pepsi and Groupon Not Among Most Memorable Super Bowl Ads

Pepsi and Groupon Not Among Most Memorable Super Bowl Ads

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2011, 11:37AM

Turns out all you really needed was a pug.

Topics: Arts & Culture