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.

Latin American Independence Heroes
Revolutionary Moments in Latin American History

As we celebrate the 235th anniversary of the American Independence and the men and women who helped make the United States a reality, here’s a look at some of the key Latin American Independence events and heroes. Viva la libertad!


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Arrests
Latino Stars Who Have Been Arrested

Paulina Rubio’s confrontation with the cops this weekend in Miami—she was arrested for allegedly refusing to get out of her car after being in an accident in which she was not at fault—was a classic: She hurled abuse at cops, pleading with onlookers to help her, and then was let go because she had to go home and breastfeed her baby. But she’s hardly the only Latino celeb to get booked and pose for a mugshot. Here are some of the most notorious, ridiculous and even hilarious Latino run ins with the 5-0.


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The 5 Best Border Films

Immigration is a hot button topic these days. Arizona’s notorious SB 1070 immigration law paved the way for states like Georgia and Alabama to implement their own laws—albeit all of them are being fought out in federal court right now. As the debate and protests over racial profiling and deportations heats up, another fantastic film is giving us a different perspective on the debate.  


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Senator Menendez Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Senate
Senator Menendez Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Senate

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) and others introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Wednesday that would require the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country to register with the government and would strengthen border security and worksite enforcement while proposing tougher penalties for misuse of social security numbers.


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Voter Registration
Lockbox Voter Drive Pressuring President Obama to Address Immigration Before 2012 Election

The aim is simple but ambitious: Lock up the Latino vote until President Obama uses his presidential powers to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants that separate families.

Election 2010: The Latino Vote

Several Latino organizations and churches, led by Familia Latina Unida, have launched a nationwide campaign to pressure Obama into signing an executive order to halt deportations of illegal immigrants who have U.S. citizen children.


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Afro-Latinos You Should Know About
Afro-Latinos You Should Know About

In honor of Juneteenth—Sunday’s holiday commemorating Texas slaves being the last to find out that they’d been emancipated, thus sparking an annual holiday that celebrates African American heritage—we thought we’d add some Latino flavor to the mix. Here are just a few Afro-Latinos whose lives and accomplishments are worth celebrating.


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Your Latino Summer Reading List!

Kick back in hammock with a cool drink (and some sunscreen!) and enjoy these great new books by Latino authors, offering everything from mysteries to memoirs. Happy reading!

JOIN THE LATINA BOOK CLUB TO GET THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS AND FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THE NEWEST, HOTTEST BOOKS WRITTEN BY LATINOS!


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Chile Investigates Deaths of Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda
Chile Investigates Deaths of Salvador Allende, Pablo Neruda

Chile is clearly a country not afraid to look the ghosts of its past in the face, ordering the investigation of the deaths of two of the country’s biggest national leftist symbols: Former President Salvador Allende and Poet Pablo Neruda. The investigations are part of the Supreme Court’s effort to investigate all human rights violations committed during the rule of General Augusto Pinochet. They are but two of hundreds of cases of desaparecidos (the disappeared) being looked into.


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Latino Honors
Latino Honors: Who The U.S. Government Should Recognize Now

Nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette recently wrote a piece asking why the U.S. keeps naming things like streets and more recently, a Navy ship, after Cesar Chavez (who also has a postage stamp).


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Thalia Mother's Death and the Sodi Family's History of Tragedy
Thalia's Mother's Death and the Sodi Family's History of Tragedy

At first glance, Thalia’s life seems charmed: The 39-year-old is an internationally beloved pop singer, telenovela queen, businesswoman and author and she’s eight months pregnant with her second child with hubby/music guru Tommy Mottola.


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