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.

Latino Breakout Stars of 2011
The 15 Breakout Latino Stars of 2011!

From a certain saucy guy who went from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide thanks to an album studded with guest spots, to the Boricua who plays the reigning queen of mean on one of TV’s hottest shows, here are the Latinos and Latinas who went from music, TV and film minor players to stars in 2011!


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The 10 Most Shocking Breakups of 2011!

Love hurts—and sometimes, it also gets out its claws and fangs and does some serious damage. Here are the biggest, most shocking breakups in Latino Hollywood this year.


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The 10 Best Latino Movie Performances of 2011!

2011 didn’t offer much in terms of showy Hollywood performances for Latinos, but if you knew where to look, there were some very solid performances in a wide range of genres, with some actors even managing to snag award nominations. From blockbuster comedies to low-budget indies to foreign films to animated movies, here are our most buzzed-about, favorite performances of the year!

13 Fall Movies Starring Latinos!


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The Best Gifts for Latinos by Latinos

Sure, that perfume set you’re thinking of getting your best friend or that cashmere sweater for your mom is nice, but will they truly treasure it six months, a year, five years from now? Will you change a Latina’s life by buying it? Probably not.


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Most Americans Don’t Want Mass Deportations—Why Aren’t Republicans Listening?

Mass deportations and no path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants: If you watch the latest Republican presidential candidate debate tonight, that’s what most of the candidates’ positions would tell you. But that’s not how most Americans think that the immigration issue should be resolved, according to new polls released recently.


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6 Great Bilingual Duets
6 Great Bilingual Duets

Have you heard it? Thalia’s bilingual Feliz Navidad duet with Michael Buble is sweet and as cozy as hot chocolate by the Christmas tree. We’re definitely adding it to our Noche Buena playlist. Here are some other bilingual duets by Latino artists and friends that we rock to year-round.


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Linda Perry

The Talk’s Sara Gilbert confirmed on Thursday’s show that after separating from her partner of 10 years, with whom she has two kids, she has a new love in her life: Linda Perry. Who is that, you ask? If her name doesn’t ring a bell, the 46-year-old Latina singer/songwriter’s music will. Trust us. Read on to get to know her better:

1.    She’s Brazilian-Portuguese


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World AIDS Day 2011: Only 28% of HIV+ Have Disease In Control
World AIDS Day 2011: Only 28% of HIV+ Have Disease In Control

As World AIDS Day is observed globally today, the question is more important than ever: Have you been tested?

That’s because most people infected with HIV do not have the disease under control, according to a new Center for Disease Control report released this week. Only 28 percent of those that have HIV are virally suppressed, the report, titled Vital Signs: HIV Prevention Through Care and Treatment reveals.


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Best Moments in Latino Sports History
The 16 Greatest Moments in Latino Sports History!

There are many goosebump, pride-instilling moments by Latinos in the history of the sport, but we restrained ourselves and picked a few favorites for you to look back on and enjoy as you watch your Thanksgiving Day football, belly full of turkey and ron. Enjoy!

Rafael Nadal Wins French Open!


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Anti-Latino Hate Crime Skyrockets
Anti-Latino Hate Crime Skyrockets

Baltimore: Martin Rayez, 51, is beaten to death with a piece of wood by a man who told police he “hated Hispanics.”

Maricopa County, Arizona: A man shoots Juan Varela in the neck after yelling at him: “Hurry up and go back to Mexico or you’re gonna die.” Varela was a third-generation, native-born American.


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