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.

Where Are They Now? Checking In With Some Familiar Latino Faces
Where Are They Now? Checking In With Some Familiar Latino Faces

Hollywood is always pumping out new stars for us to love—hello, Tyler Posey!— but sometimes you just want to stop and ask where some of those memorable ones went.

Here’s an update on some familiar Latino faces.


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Telenovela Breakups
Telenovela Romances Gone Bad

Kate del Castillo and Aaron Diaz. William Levy and Elizabeth Gutierrez. Lately, telenovela-actor couples are splitting up all over the place. Maybe this is what happens when you take your work home with you. These telenovela actors and actresses who got together off set created as much romance and capital-D drama as the series they starred in. 


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NCLR Panel: Government & Parents Must Step Up Education Efforts for Latino Kids
NCLR Panel: Government & Parents Must Step Up Education Efforts for Latino Kids

Latinos must organize at the community level in order to better education while the federal government has to start considering factors outside education when it comes to figuring out how to curb the Latino dropout rate, said a panel of education activists and experts—including two Congressmen—at the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference.


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Obama to Latinos: “Build a Movement, Keep Heat on Me”

In a speech that touched on the economy and the debt crisis and acknowledged Latinos’ frustration with lack of federal comprehensive immigration reform, a mostly solemn and tired-looking President Barack Obama urged audience Hispanics on Monday to “keep the heat on me,” but not forget that it is Republicans who bear the blame for Latino issues not being addressed on a federal level.


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Latinas Driving Change in Own Image
How We Are Changing The Latina Stereotypes

The image of Latina women has changed drastically since the Hollywood stereotype of the heavily accented hot tamale first hit the silver screen in the early 20th century and entered the national consciousness.


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EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria Dishes on the Return of the ALMA Awards
EXCLUSIVE: Eva Longoria Dishes On The Return of the Alma Awards!

Eva Longoria is already busy filming the eighth season of her hit ABC show, Desperate Housewives, but the Mexican actress still found time to attend the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference in Washington D.C. on Sunday.


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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony: Assets
Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony: Who Gets What?

In the case of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s divorce—about which Lopez is said to be “devastated”—after the sadness may come the fight. The inevitable questions about their net worth and how they will divide up their money and assets have begun.


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Latino Soldier Receives Medal of Honor
Latino Soldier Receives Medal of Honor

When President Obama walked into the East Room at the White House shortly after 2 p.m., beside him was the Latino who today became only the second living Medal of Honor awardee since the Vietnam War.

Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry, 31, was honored for saving the lives of two fellow Rangers despite being shot in both legs and losing a hand during a daring daytime mission in Afghanistan in 2006.

“Where does courage like that come from?” Obama asked in a speech praising Petry during the ceremony, going on to name the soldier’s family as his foundation.


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Latino Leaders Meet Obama Officials Face-to-Face
Latino Leaders Meet Obama Officials Face-to-Face

In an event that is a Washington DC first, 160 Latino leaders will meet face-to-face with Obama administration officials for a wide-ranging two-day conference geared toward connecting Latinos directly with those who run programs that most affect the community.

President Obama Appoints Hispanic Education Commission


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REPORT: Illegal Immigration from Mexico Drops Dramatically
REPORT: Illegal Immigration from Mexico Drops Dramatically

When Mexican census figures came in recently, officials discovered something unexpected: There were 4 million more people in the country than they thought. The reason? Something you rarely hear in heated immigration discussions in the United States: emigration to the U.S. has plummeted.

Call to Action: The Immigration Crisis


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