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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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