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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.

Lady Gaga May Be the Next Poser Chola-in-Chief

Lady Gaga May Be the Next Poser Chola-in-Chief

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2011, 1:36PM

And she’s not the only white singer to invoke Chicano culture in recent years.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Media Declares Race War in Halle Berry's Custody Battle

Media Declares Race War in Halle Berry’s Custody Battle

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2011, 3:40PM

The actress cites the one-drop rule, saying that her toddler daughter is black. The daughter’s father, who’s white, disagrees.

Topics: Media

Groupon CEO Defends Controversial Tibetan Themed Super Bowl Ad

Groupon CEO Defends Controversial Tibetan Themed Super Bowl Ad

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2011, 1:32PM

At least he’s not objectifying women, he says.

Topics: Media

Oprah Learns That People Don't Grow

Oprah Learns That People Don’t Grow “Gayer”

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2011, 3:03PM

In a rare moment, the talk show host has to check herself.

Topics: Media, Oprah

Southern College Boots Latino Artist's Confederate Flag Remix

Southern College Boots Latino Artist’s Confederate Flag Remix

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2011, 11:56AM

Stanley Bermudez just can’t please those southern apologists.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Mexican Fans Blamed For Selling Out Coachella in Record Time

Mexican Fans Blamed For Selling Out Coachella in Record Time

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2011, 3:33PM

Scapegoating that’s usually reserved for the political arena has now gone mainstream.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Bright Eyes' Border Love

Bright Eyes’ Border Love

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2011, 5:39PM

Bright Eyes helps lead the coalition of artist’s against Arizona’s SB 1070.

Topics: Celebrate Love

GLAAD Demands Apology For SNL Trangender Skit

GLAAD Demands Apology For SNL Trangender Skit

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2011, 3:39PM

Crude humor belies the very real hatred trans folks face every day,

Topics: Media

'Being Elmo' Celebrates Black Puppeteer Kevin Clash

‘Being Elmo’ Celebrates Black Puppeteer Kevin Clash

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2011, 1:39PM

Until recently, he may be one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Even Newsweek Is Asking If Oprah's Network Is Too White

Even Newsweek Is Asking If Oprah’s Network Is Too White

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2011, 10:45AM

Can media’s biggest black mogul walk the walk when it comes to expanding network diversity?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, Oprah

Nicki Minaj Gets Personal On Childhood Abuse

Nicki Minaj Gets Personal On Childhood Abuse

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2011, 12:03PM

The new queen of hip-hop opens up about growing up in an abusive home, and the example she’s trying to set for younger fans.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Why Willow Smith Starring in

Why Willow Smith Starring in “Annie” Remake is A Good Thing

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2011, 10:55AM

Let’s all stop hating on remakes of classic movies.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Michelle Obama Loves Young Designers of Color

Michelle Obama Loves Young Designers of Color

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2011, 6:27PM

The First Lady is catapulting a new generation of American talent to the world stage.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Amy Chua Tells Stephen Colbert He Too Can be a 'Tiger Mother'

Amy Chua Tells Stephen Colbert He Too Can be a ‘Tiger Mother’

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2011, 4:45PM

The author puts her Harvard Law School degree to use and defends herself.

Topics: Media

Compare Obama's SOTU with Past Presidents', in Tag Clouds Infographic

Compare Obama’s SOTU with Past Presidents’, in Tag Clouds

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2011, 3:00PM

Wonder how last night measured up? Take a look.

Topics: State of the Union

Get Ready For The Whitest Oscars In A Decade

Get Ready For The Whitest Oscars In A Decade

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2011, 3:16PM

What’s it gonna take to convince Hollywood’s power brokers that race does matter?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars

Black Models Hailed As American Fashion's Revolutionaries

Black Models Hailed As American Fashion’s Revolutionaries

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2011, 3:13PM

The Met celebrates black women who helped put American fashion designers on the world stage.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Fox News Can't Decide Whether to Love or Hate Latinos

Fox News Can’t Decide Whether to Love or Hate Latinos

by Jorge Rivas on January 21 2011, 3:57PM

The big lesson? You can’t have it both ways.

Topics: Media

Today's Love Goes to Civil Rights Lawyer Renee Hanover

Today’s Love Goes to Civil Rights Lawyer Renee Hanover

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2011, 4:27PM

The single mother of three worked her way through college and law school to become the people’s lawyer.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Rush Limbaugh on Chinese President:

Rush Limbaugh on Chinese President: “CHING CHANG CHONG”

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2011, 4:06AM

We can’t say we’re surprised, but Rush Limbaugh is at it again.

Topics: Media