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.

Thalia's Mom
Thalia: "My Mother Put the Seed in Me That I Was Worth Something"

When Thalia spoke to LATINA in August of 2005, she spoke at length about how her mother, who managed most of Thalia's career, was her biggest champion.

"My mother put the seed in me that I was worth something," said the Mexican star. "She told me, 'Don't ever let anyone step on you. It doesn't matter if you're sitting with the owner of a company or the president of a country.' "


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A Breakdown of Latinos in America: Is Your City Growing?

The Hispanic population in the United States may have undergone a huge explosion in the last 10 years, but where they’re coming from has largely remained the same, according to a new Pew Hispanic study that scrutinizes 2010 U.S. Census figures.

Latinos of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban origin or background are still the country’s three largest Hispanic groups, identical to 2000 figures. Mexicans are by far the dominant group, numbering nearly 32 million.


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Oprah Slideshow
Oprah’s Most Memorable Latino Guests Ever!

Oprah Winfrey has had a plethora of famous and infamous guests during her show’s 25 seasons (it wraps up this Wednesday, May 25). Here are the most memorable Latinos who have either sat on her couch and poured their hearts out or been featured on the show.


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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Luis Gutierrez "I Will Fight Like Hell for the DREAM Act"
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Luis Gutierrez "I Will Fight Like Hell for the DREAM Act"

Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez may be happy to see the DREAM Act back before Congress but he says President Obama is still not doing enough to help undocumented students stay in the country—though he has the power to do so.


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Senator Durbin
DREAM Act Reintroduced Before Congress!

Undocumented students will get another shot at staying in the country: The DREAM Act has been reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives today, as President Obama turns up the heat on efforts at comprehensive immigration reform ahead of the 2012 election. 


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President Barack Obama: "We Define Ourselves as a Nation of Immigrants"

Squinting under the fierce El Paso sun, President Obama delivered a speech about immigration reform that reiterated the need for Congress to “catch up” with the rest of the country, which he says has formed a consensus that the “immigration system is broken.”


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The White House on Winning the Future with Latinos
The White House Shares Plan to Win the Future with Latinos

Following up on a White House meeting about the vital role of U.S. Latinos in America’s future that included celebrities like Eva Longoria, Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Rosario Dawson last week, the White House on Monday announced a series of nationwide community conversations on the topic and announced a new web page dedicated to Latino issues and initiatives: whitehouse.gov/Hispanic.


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Iliana Guibert McGuinnis
Reactions From Latinas Directly Affected by 9/11 on Osama Bin Laden's Death: "He Got The Easy Way Out"

The barrage of text messages came through on Iliana Guibert McGuinnis’ cell phone late Sunday night: “Turn on the TV,” one of the texts read. “Any channel.”

What followed was a moment that the Cuban 9/11 widow had given up hoping would ever happen: The announcement that Osama bin Laden, in effect her husband’s murderer, had been killed.


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Latina Royals
Latina Royals

Kate Middleton’s walk down the Westminster Abbey’s aisle on Friday got us wondering about Latinas that have done the same: married into a life of vast wealth, privilege, duty and the often stifling tradition of European royal houses. Check out our list of Latinas currently waiting to ascend the throne, already on the throne (and we’re not talking about Spain’s Queen Sofia) or generally milling about at charity ribbon cuttings.


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You’re Not Alone, William & Kate! A Crash Course in Latino Royals

When Queen Sofia and Prince Felipe of Spain attend the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, they won’t just be hobnobbing with fellow blue-bloods: They’ll be celebrating as familia.


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