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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Five million. That’s how many voters would be negatively affected by the 19 laws and two executive orders issued in 14 states this year altering voting laws, according to a report released by the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice. Among the most affected say Latino leaders: Latinos. The changes, made mostly in heavily Republican states, shorten the time span in which absentee ballots can be cast, and require state-issued photo identification.
Averaging only about 100 viewers during an hour-long live streamed Twitter Latino education town hall, Education Secretary Arne Duncan joined Juan Sepulveda, Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, in answering a wide range of education questions on Monday afternoon.
Smart. Fierce. Ambitious. Fascinating. Those are traits shared by some of the most powerful Latinas in the U.S. and beyond. These women—whether or not you agree with their politics or like their music—are admirable for the tenacity and brains that have put them atop their fields.
In an unprecedented 50-minute chat streamed live online, President Obama sat down with Latino journalists in the White House’s map room to answer an array of questions posed by Hispanics nationwide. Among his comments: He expects a viable Latino presidential candidate within his lifetime.
Fear. Lower school performance and economic expectations. Blocked social development. A lack of a sense of belonging. These are some of the effects on children who have an undocumented immigrant parent or lack legal status themselves, according to a study published recently in the Harvard Educational Review.
After creating the historic 15th anniversary cover featuring a diverse list of Latinas we love, we realized we couldn’t forget the men who have been blazing a trail for Hispanics in every field from music to acting to journalism.
Strong, smart, funny, sexy, socially conscious. Those are just some of the traits that we admire in these Latinos who make us proud.
We just may be! America is getting browner and browner—not only population-wise, but also culturally and politically. But with great power comes great responsibility, as the saying goes, and Latinos have taken that on as well. Take a look at the evidence below of how Latinos are taking on bigger and more influential roles on the American stage.
President Barack Obama opened his speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala Wednesday night with a joke reminding everyone that Rey Decerega, the institute’s program director, had accidentally broken his lip during a basketball game last November. “Not many people can give the President of the United States stitches on his lip and get away with it,” Obama said.
More than one in four U.S. Latinos is living in poverty, according to 2010 U.S. Census bureau figures released this week. That’s nearly 27 percent of the country’s 50.5 million Latinos—13.2 million people—and an increase from 12.3 million in 2009.
And according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2011 Kids Count Data Book, 31 percent of Latino kids live in poverty.
Life in the United States changed forever on the morning of September 11, 2001, when Al-Qaeda terrorists crashed two jumbo jets into New York City’s World Trade Center, killing thousands. Another jet attacked the Pentagon, and a fourth came down in Pennsylvania. The trauma was greatest for those most immediately affected: survivors, family, friends and lovers. Ask them how they got through the past decade, and chances are they’ll say, “I don’t know,” or simply, “Love.”
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