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

Photo:  Kikey (in the orange) with Jose Jose's familly, MALDEF Ex. Director Thomas SLos Angeles, CA - On Thursday, November 4, 2010, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, MALDEF paid 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.


The 2010 honorees included Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who will receive the Excellence in Government Service award; Ramona Ripston will receive the Exellence in Legal Service; and legendary singer Jose Jose wil receive the Leadership Service in the Arts. MALDEF, the Latino legal voice for civil rights in America, recognizes the significant contributions of these outstanding leaders and applauds their dedication to advance the Latino community.

Mistress of Ceremonies Kikey Castillo currently divides her time between working on stage with some of L.A. top theater companies, Company of Angels, LATC and Casa 0101, where she was one of the Imagen award-winning actress in the play 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean It and film (Nick Cassavetes, Alpha Dog, The “S” Word and the short film Chiles. She has become a familiar face hosting for Latin Heat Entertainment and on the internet talk show Let’s Talk! (both can be seen on www.latinheat.com).

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. 

LET'S TALK! RECEIVES AN IMAGEN AWARD NOM FOR BEST INTERNET PROGRAM

August 6, 2010

 Oprah hasn’t done it, Tyra thinks she’s doing it, Cristina doesn’t cut it and The View?…Whose View??? Finally, there is a talk show that addresses issues affecting all women but for the first time provides a Latina perspective…and it’s in English, imagine that!!!


The Imagen Foundation recently announced nominees for the 25th Annual Imagen Awards to be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 15th, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Among the nominees is Let’s Talk! A Latina POV talk show which is being recognized among others, in the Best Internet Program category. 

Let’s Talk! is a 15-minute Internet talk show co-hosted by four dynamic Latinas with a unique perspective on culturally relevant topics with universal appeal. Emmy award winning host Marabina Jaimes, Generation “Y” actress (& Green Gal) Kikey Castillo, comedian/actress Dyana Ortelli, and Latin Heat publisher Bel Hernandez each bring their own distinctive voice, style and experiences to the dialogue that reflect the opinions of first and second generation Latinas from all different back-grounds and walks of life. 

Whether, the hosts are talking about fun and light topics like zumba, fashion or yoga or tackling controversial issues such as gay marriage and immigration reform, these ladies are not afraid to be politically incorrect and are always ready to stir up the conversation with a little humor, sarcasm or sexual innuendos, and not to mention their quick wit and passion for fashion will keep you craving more!

To catch the ladies of Let’s Talk!, please visit:www.latinheat.com 

LETS TALK! LAUNCH PARTY AT MAMA JUANA'S

 March 4, 2010

Los Angeles, CA – Latinas are 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, of that figure, 14.1 million are Latinas. Of this figure, 14.1 million are Latinas, and of these, 65% are bilingual or English-speaking only. The show that taps into this powerful market sector is, Let’s Talk! (produced by Latin Heat Entertainment), the Latina POV talk show which officially makes its debut on Wednesday, March 10th, at Mama Juanas in Studio City. Well known radio personality Josefa Salinas of Hot 92.3 will serve as the evening's MC.

Let’s Talk!, is a ground breaking English-Language talk show featuring four intelligent, opinionated and dynamic ladies who feel it is time Latinas had their say. Emmy-award winning host Marabina Jaimes (Storytime); 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, get together to dish about current social issues and just plain “Chisme” (gossip).

These four Latinas are already bringing cultural relevance to the talk show landscape with their internet talk show. Let’s Talk! is a 15 minute “Anytime” talk show with a unique perspective on culturally relevant topics with universal appeal. “Our target audience is Latinas, but our content is universal which anyone can enjoy,” says Hernandez, who serves as both co-host and executive producer. Current episodes can be seen at: www.latinheat.com and www.letstalkshow.tv.

"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," co-host Jaimes, the Mexi-Rican in the
group says. As for Ortelli, the self-described “Last Angry Chicana”, she is more direct, “I’m tired of being ignored." Castillo, the “Y-generation/Green Gal” 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 launch party is open to the public. To RSVP to attend: rsvp@latinheat.com

Latin Heat Productions, a division of Latin Heat Media, LLC is producing in association with Angel Flight Media. "We felt it was time to give English-speaking Latinas a forum to speak their minds," added Miguel Torres, CEO of Angel Flight Media.

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~February 26, 2009

Let's Talk! Debuts at NATPE

The Latina Perspective in an English-Language Talk Show!

Los Angeles, CA -- The producers of Let's Talk!, a ground breaking English-Language talk show featuring four intelligent, opinionated, hilarious, dynamic Latinas, felt it was time Latinas had their say.  Emmy-award winning host 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 are the co-hosts of this timely talk show,  which made its debut at the NATPE convention this past January.

Latin Heat Productions, a division of Latin Heat Media, LLC is producing in association with Angel Flight Media.  "Our mission is to produce content with universal appeal but with a Latino perspective," says Hernandez, co-host and Executive Producer.  "We felt it was time to give English-speaking Latinas a forum to speak their minds," added Miguel Torres, CEO of Angel Flight Media. 

Latinas are quickly 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 the total Latino population figure, 14.1 million are Latinas, and of these, 65% are bilingual or English-speaking only.  Latinas are more likely to enroll in college than their male counterparts, and are also increasingly choosing careers in politics.

This dynamic sector of the U.S. population saw an increase in Latina-owned businesses of 121.3% 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.  

This is the Let's Talk! target audience. 
 
"The one thing missing in the nation's conversation is the Latin voice and that's where we come in.  We want to be part of the dialogue," says co-host Jaimes, who is the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father and hence considers herself a Mexi-Rican. 
 
Some of the topics covered in the shows include:  Plastic Surgery:  Can We Say Family Rates?; Fashion:  Not afraid to tell you what they really thought of Michelle Obama’s fashion Faux Pas; Prop 8: Gay Latinos can be cured with a limpia?; Credit:  What the FICO are they talking about?

 Let's Talk! will be holding a Meet and Greet at the NATPE Convention on January 27, 2009 at 1:30 PM at booth #1737.  All four co-hosts will be in attendance and to do a live taping of the show.  
 
"For years I've been watching talk shows like The View and I haven't seen a Latina, not even as a guest host and I'm tired of being ignored," says actress/comedienne Ortelli, a self described "Last Angry Chicana". 
 
But Kikey Castillo, who calls herself a "recovering Republican" put it best.  "I am an American, yes I'm Latina, but I'm an American.  I'm today's culture." 

Latin Heat Media, LLC,

Latin Heat Media, LLC (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 to leverage our expertise to the full benefit of our project.  Current projects include the Lets Talk! Talk TV show; the indie film The Last Angry Brown Hat and a theatrical production of Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor

Angel Flight Media

Angel Flight Media is a full service production company that produces original programming for the web and for television. AFM, has a long list of projects that are at various stages of production. AFM also works closely with non-profit organizations to assure their vision. AFM's goal is to develop long term relations with established.

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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!

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“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 

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