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'Let's Talk!' Brings Cultural Relevance to the Talk Show Arena

In over thirty daytime and nighttime talk shows on cable and broadcast network TV, you will be hard pressed to find a Latino, let along a Latina voice. George Lopez aims to change that when he premieres his show Lopez Tonight on TBS. Meanwhile, four Latinas are already bringing cultural relevance to the talks show landscape on their internet talk show Let's Talk! Let's Talk is a 'Anytime" internet talk show with a unique perspective on culturally relevant topics with universal appeal.

 Let's Talk! is a ground breaking English-Language talk show featuring four intelligent, opinionated, hilarious, dynamic and profession Latinas. Emmy-award winning host and actress Marabina Jaimes (Storytime); actress-comedienne Dyana Ortelli (Curb Your Enthusiasm); Bel Hernandez, Publisher of Latin Heat, a print and online magazine; and actress Kikey Castillo who are ready to tackle any subject.

Hernandez, who serves as both co-host and executive producer of the show put it this way, "We felt it was time to speak up and be heard," and continues, "Our target audience is Latinas, but our content is universal. We just add a twist of flavor with our perspective."

U.S. Latinas alone can make this show a hit. latinas are becoming a large and influential segment of the U.S. population. The Census BUreau estimates that the total U.S. Latino population will be 47.8 million by the year 2010 (approximately 14.9% of the total population). Of that figure, 14.1 million are Latinas, and of those, 65% are bilingual of English-speaking only.

There was an increase of 121.3% in Latina-owned businesses between the years of 1997 to 2006. The amount of sales by these Latina-owned, privately held firms generated $44.4 billion, an increase of 64 percent between 1997 and 2004.  And these women are increasingly choosing careers in politics as well. 

"The one thing missing in the nation's conversation is the Latina voice and that's where we come in. We want to be part of the dialogue." says co-host Marabina Jaimes, the self-described Mexi-Rican. "I'm tired of being ignoes,' says actress/comedienne Ortelli, who calls herself the 'Last Angry Chicana'. But Kikey Castillo, the 'Recovering Republican' of the group, best described the need for the show. "I am an American, yes I'm Latina, but I'm an American. I'm today's culture." 

The Company

Latin Heat Media: Latin Heat Media (LHM) is a multi-media company dedicated to the production of media for the exploding U.S. Latino market and to delivering universal themed projects about the Latino experience to all audiences. Through its various properties which include Latin heat print magazine founded in 1992; an online magazine (www.latinheat.com) established in 1998; a film, TV and internet production division; and a consultancy group, LHM has the opportunity t leverage our expertise to the full benefit of our project. Current projects include the Let's Talk! TV show; the indie film The Last Angry Brown Hat, and the theatrical production of Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor.

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Let's Talk!

Because It's about Time!!!

Because Oprah Hasn't done it.  

Cristina did it in Spanish.

Tyra didn't even think of doing it  

&  The View? Whose View?

There wasn't a Latina perspective anywhere on daytime TV talk shows  --- we we decided we would just have to do it ourselves. Although we started on the web, this year we premiered a 9 episode season on KJLA local broadcast station in L.A.

Check out our promo and get hooked!!

You can also check out excerpts of our TV show right here as well as our early web shows.  We were on the web first, premiered on TV this year and next year we go national....but we need your help!  

Share our shows with your friends, tweet about it, call your local station and tell them you want our show..

Also if you have ideas for topics, guests, or any "Chisme" (gossip) share it and we will do our best to include in the show.  Use the feedback link to talk to us -- come on, "Let's Talk!

Please help us spread the news about the the first, the original and only English-language talk show with a Latina perspective on TV!

Check out excerpts from our TV Talk show here...and scroll down for our early web shows.

Meet the Ladies From Let's Talk!


“Let's Talk!” With a Latina POV Premieres on TV

A Talk Show Like No Other - Premiere May 12th at 7:30 am on KJLA


Los Angeles, CA – Let’s Talk!, produced by Latin Heat Media makes its broadcast premiere on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 on KJLA. The ground breaking daytime talk show scheduled to air weekly Thursday mornings at its 7:30 AM time slot, gives its audience a fresh, new perspective on universal topics that everyone can relate to.

The English-language talk show featuring four dynamic and opinionated Latinas including Emmy-award winning journalist Naibe Reynoso joins the TV team of hosts; actress-comedienne Dyana Ortelli (Curb Your Enthusiasm); Bel Hernandez, Publisher of Latin Heat, a print and online magazine; and actress and Y-Generation/Green Gal Kikey Castillo is sure to get viewers going first thing in the morning as they prepare to take on the world.

Let’s Talk! has what no other network television talk show has, the English speaking Latina perspective in daytime talk. With the U.S. Latina consumer market at more than 23 million strong and a spending power of $479 billion dollars (Hispanic ventures 2010), it is unclear why this very important consumer group continues to be ignored.

Let’s Talk! television launch will kick-off with a private VIP celebration on May 11th, 2011 at an undisclosed location. Guests will include Let’s Talk! hosts, previous show guests, celebrity friends and sponsors. “We are thrilled to bring our show to the small screen and very excited to celebrate this achievement with everyone that has worked so hard on this project and share this experience with all our friends and supporters,” said Bel Hernandez, Executive Producer of Let’s Talk!.

The Let’s Talk! TV talk show is a celebrity driven talk-fest featuring some of Hollywood’s hottest talent. The Let’s Talk! broadcast premiere episode will feature actor Benito Martinez (The Shield) who shares his career achievements, current and upcoming ...


LET'S TALK! HOST KIKEY CASTILLO TO MC THE MALDEF GALA AWARDS 

Los Angeles, CA - On Thursday, November 4, 2010, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, MALDEF hosted the 2010 Los Angeles Awards Gala to pay tribute to the work and achievements of three pioneering individuals for their service and contributions to our community through their lifetime commitment to public service, civil rights and Latin American music respectively. Award winning actress, entertainment journalist and co-host of Let’s Talk!, Kikey Castillo served as the mistress of ceremonies presiding over the evening’s festivities......(Read More)


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