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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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
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...
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...