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.

12 New Shows Starring Latinos
Spring TV Preview: 11 New Shows Starring Latinos!

New year, new TV shows to get hooked on. The bonus? These courtroom dramas, family comedies, sci-fi thrillers and animated shows all star Latinos! From familiar faces (Lost’s Jorge Garcia in Alcatraz) to brand new ones (Claudia Bassols in ¡Rob!), here are 11 new shows we can't wait to check out this Spring! 


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Sh*t Latino Celebs Say: 8 Outrageous Quotes

Latin celebs say some crazy things! Whether they’re sounding off on their own bodies (Salma Hayek), suggesting that others do things to theirs (Roselyn Sanchez), praising mass murderers (John Galliano) or threatening bodily harm (Snooki), they create headlines for us to enjoy. Thanks, celebs!


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6 Latinos Nominated for People’s Choice Awards and Why We Love Them

Forget the complicated Oscar voting process and the eye-rollingly out-of-touch top ten lists from criticsit’s your turn to pick who really matters in Hollywood with The People’s Choice Awards, airing tonight at 9 p.m. (EST) on CBS. Here we take a look at the five Latino stars nominated at tonight's show and tell you why we can't get enough of them!


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Real Women Have Curves: 8 Voluptuous Latinas Whose Hips Don't Lie!
Real Women Have Curves: 8 Voluptuous Latinas Whose Hips Don't Lie!

Thank you, Xtina. Every once in a while, a celeb gets real about what a real woman looks like, public pressure be damned. This weekend, the singer told reporters that the “massive scrutiny” about her not-stick-thin weight would not be keeping her from feeling good about herself and her curves. "As long as I'm happy in my own skin, that's all I need," she said. "I have a boyfriend that loves my body.


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Lean on Me: How Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Are There For Each Other During the Tough Times

When Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey secretly got married on a Bahamas beach in 2008, just about everyone went "huh?" Carey, who was then 39 and Cannon, who at 27 was 12 years Mariah's junior, had been dating for less than two months when they vowed to spend the rest of their lives together, prompting skeptics to wonder if this was yet another spontaneous, short-lived Hollywood fling. But whenever Mariah was asked whether her relationship with Nick was legit, she responded by saying that peoples' doubts are always erased when they see her and Nick to


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Eva Mendes Girl in Pogress
EXCLUSIVE: Poster for Eva Mendes’ New Film, "Girl in Progress"

Every chica has to go de niña a mujer, with all the good and bad times that coming of age entails. But what if you had to go through it with a mom who pays more attention to herself than to you? That’s the predicament that Ansiedad (newcomer Cierra Ramirez) finds herself in in the must-see Girl in Progress (out April 27), faced with an all-but-absent single woman as a mom (Eva Mendes).


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Mitt Romney
What a Romney Veto of the DREAM Act Would Mean for Latinos

When Mitt Romney said he’d veto the DREAM Act if he were President and Congress approved the measure—and then reiterated his stance this week—he was essentially reversing his support of comprehensive immigration reform bills of 2005 and 2007.


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Crossdress to Impress: 9 Latinos who Have Cross-Dressed in Movies & TV
9 Latinos Who Have Cross-Dressed in Movies & TV

Cross-dressing in acting is as old as acting itself. Though at first it was because women weren’t allowed on stages, you can see why the kinkiest of traditions would endure: It can be funny, dramatic, and, if the person is blessed with good genes to begin with, kinda hot!


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10 Things to Look Forward to in 2012
11 Things to Look Forward to in 2012

2011 who? We’ve already turned the page, baby, so to get ready for 2012, here are some of the best things on TV, the big screen and on the written page to look forward to.


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2011 Latino News
Year in Review: Latinos in the News

For Latinos, it’s been a great year (we are now the largest minority in the country!) and it’s been a bad year (immigration laws and deportations galore). As we say goodbye to 2011, here’s a look back at the biggest stories for our community. To a better 2012!


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