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.

The Latino Oscars Quiz
The Ultimate Latino Oscars Quiz!

How well do you know your Latino Oscar history (and fashion!)? Take our quiz and find out, and don’t forget to watch the show on Sunday, when Mexican actor Demian Bichir and Argentinian-French actress Berenice Bejo vie for acting prizes at the Oscars.


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Camila Alves' New Ring & Other Celebs With Big Bling!

A little over a month after Matthew McConaughey proposed to Camila Alves, the Brazilian model finally showed the world her engagement ring at QVC's New York Fashion Week runway show on Wednesday. "It feels so great' Alves told Us Weekly about wearing her three-stone ring. "It's a rose cut. It's a beautiful ring."

We love Camila's ring! Here are 10 other Latin celebs who are currently sporting major bling! 


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Ricky Martin Cover
Ricky Martin, The Cover Story

No longer hiding his true sexuality from his fans or the public, Ricky Martin is feeling more fearless than ever. As he returns to Broadway, he’s ready  to conquer an iconic role and be home for dinner with his boys.


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6 Black Latinas Making A Difference
6 Afro-Latinas Who Are Changing the World!

When it comes to being valued, appreciated, or even recognized as part of the 50 million Hispanics in the country, Afro-Latinas have come a long way and still have a ways to go. Whether they are activists who work to spread awareness, business professionals blazing a trail in their field or celebs who make a difference just by being on the A-list, in honor of Black History Month we're taking a look at a few Afro-Latinas who are at the forefront of the fight.


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Study: Undocumented Hispanics Vacate 80,000 Jobs in Alabama

Alabama’s immigration law, considered the toughest in the country, has come at a high price for the state, according to a new study.

A cost-benefit analysis by a University of Alabama economist estimates that the crackdown, begun in June, meant that undocumented Hispanics vacated some 80,000 jobs, costing the state’s economy up to $10.8 billion.

The vacated jobs also meant that Alabama lost up to $264.5 million in state sales and income taxes, and some $93.1 million in lost city and county sales taxes, the study said.


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Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas
Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas

The frustrating ironies of being Afro-Latina hit Yuly Marshall with stunning regularity: At work at a Miami hospital, Hispanic patients of the Cuban-born radiology technician usually assume she’s African American, asking her, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish like that?” and expressing shock—even skepticism—that she’s really Latina. Other times, fellow Latinos will disparage African Americans in front of her with phrases like, “What can you expect from negros?” and then turn around and tell her, as if paying her a compliment, “But you’re not like that. You’re one of us.”


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7 Onscreen Latinos Married to Non-Latinos
CBS' 'Rob' & 7 Other Movies & TV Shows Where A Latino Married a Non-Latino

On the hit CBS comedy Rob, all hell breaks loose when a white guy (Rob Schneider) gets engaged to a Latina (Claudia Bassols). While Rob is the only show of its kind on the air right now, it isn't the first TV show to tell the story of a Latino married to a non-Latino (remember I Love Lucy?). There have also been several movies that have explored the topic of interracial marriage (both comedies and dramas). Here are 7 movies and TV shows where a Latino married a non-Latino!


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State of the Union
5 Latino Moments From Last Night's State of the Union

When President Barack Obama gave his state of the union speech on Tuesday night, Latinos played a role in the event, whether it was POTUS’s mention of immigration reform or the key (and surprising!) Latinos in the audience. Here are five Latino moments from last night's state of the union. 

1. Homeless student Samantha Garvey attends the speech


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Oscar Winners Through the Years
10 Latino Oscar Winners!

Oscar nominations will be announced bright and early tomorrow morning (8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT) and we're hoping to hear two names (The Artist's Berenice Bejo and A Better Life star Demian Bichir) among this year's crop of acting nominees! But while we wait on the nominations, here’s 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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Latino Players in the Presidential Race
6 Key Latino Players in the Presidential Race

With Mitt Romney all but sewing up the Republican presidential nomination with primary wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s time to start giving a closer look at the Latinos from both sides of the aisle who are likely to play a big role in the upcoming elections. Whether blue or red, they represent the growing clout of the 50.5 million U.S. Latinos. 

Here ar six Latinos to keep an eye on...


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