Damarys Ocaña Perez

Damarys Ocaña Perez is Director of Editorial Content at Latina Media Ventures. She leads its magazine, Latina, the pre-eminent beauty, fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine for acculturated U.S. Hispanic women and is responsible for maintaining Latina’s voice, vision and mission across all LMV platforms.
 
Ocaña Perez first joined Latina as associate editor in 2004 and served in various positions, including Entertainment Editor and Writer-at-Large, before launching a freelance career in 2008. She rejoined Latina as Executive Editor in 2012 and was named Director of Editorial Content in March 2013.
 
She began her career as a reporter for the Miami Herald, and has written on everything from government and crime, to contemporary art and commentary for print and online publications including People, The Guardian and the New York Daily News.
 
Born in Havana and raised in Miami, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

From the Editor: 'Devious Maids'—Let the Debate Rage On

When I heard that that the first TV show ever to feature an all-Latina lead cast was about five maids—and that it was called Devious Maids, no less—I, like many of us, did a collective eye roll followed by a sigh. Why did a moment so full of promise have to come with so much baggage?


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Latino Tony Winners through the Years: A Retrospective
Latino Tony Winners through the Years: A Retrospective

The Tony Awards nominations were announced today, and we admit we're a bit bummed that no Latinos were nominated this year (except of course the superbly talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, a previous Tony winner who wrote the music for this year's hit Broadway musical Bring It On: The Musical, which was nominated for Best Musical). Congrats to Miranda!


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Birth, Death, Rebirth
Birth, Death, Rebirth: A Thank You To Those Who Prayed for My Baby Daughter

Her name is Elizabeth Artemis Arrow. She was born November 6 and she’s alive and well. To the many of you who prayed for my baby daughter and emailed me your well wishes: Thank you. They sustained me.


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Dolores Prida
Adiós, Dolores: Celebrating The Life And Work Of The Extraordinary Woman Behind 'Dolores Dice'

These pages were supposed to host a virtual quinceañera — a celebration of Dolores Prida’s 15 years as Latina’s advice columnist, with a special piece by the veteran writer herself. It was to be a toast to her witty, on-point, irreverent and unabashedly feminist advice on everything from getting rid of cheating boyfriends to reconnecting with Latin culture.


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Dolores Prida, Damarys Ocana, Dita Quinones, Yuliana Gomez at Dolores house 2010
Latina's Executive Editor on Remembering Dolores Prida, Columnist & Latina Family Member

I met Dolores Prida shortly after I joined Latina as associate editor, in 2004. She worked mostly from home but had a cubicle in our Times Square office, and she would come in about once a week, usually unannounced, to work and catch up with everyone. I was one of the many young Latinas who read her column in the magazine religiously and wondered what the woman behind the witty and wise advice would be like in person.


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New! The 10 Most Iconic Latino TV Characters of All Time
The 20 Most Iconic Latino TV Characters of All Time!

"Lucy, I'm home!" From Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy to Wilmer Valderrama on That '70s Show, we're counting down the 20 most iconic Latino TV characters of all time!


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20 Essential Latina Movie Goddesses!
20 Essential Latina Movie Goddesses!

Glamorous. Sexy. Fearless. Iconic. Any of these words can be used to describe an actress, but put them all together, add lots of talent, a penchant for ballsy roles and a little off-screen drama and you've built a big-screen goddess. From silent film stars to action-flick babes, these 20 Latina actresses have more than proved through their work, style and sass that they belong in the same Hollywood pantheon as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.


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Desi Arnaz
Remembering Desi Arnaz: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

Today would have been Desi Arnaz’s 95th birthday. The Cuban-born musican and television pioneer had a remarkable life and career. Here’s a look at some things you might not know.

The 20 Most Iconic Latino Television Characters of All Time!

He was born into money:


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Happy Birthday Javier Bardem! His 5 Best Roles
Happy Birthday, Javier Bardem! His 5 Best Roles

This big hunk of a Spanish man turns 43 today! With a career that just keeps getting better (we can’t wait for his turn as a Bond villain in Skyfall later this year!) and a lovely wife (Penelope Cruz) and son (Leo), it looks like life is better than ever for the actor. Here, we look back at his best roles as we wait for more to come.

Happy Birthday, Javier! 


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Oscar Winners Through the Years
10 Latino Oscar Winners!

We're rooting for Argentinean actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and Mexican actor Demian Bichir (A Better Life) to take home the golden statuettes at this Sunday's Academy Awards. But while we wait for the Oscars to start, let's take a look back at those who have already grabbed the ultimate prize in Hollywood in major categories.

And the Oscar went to...


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