INTRODUCING: #HeySTAR! & WELCOME 1st Guest Actress/TV Host/Filmmaker Ricki Lake

Building Blazing a trail to new idea’s is always an adventure. Country Music’s #CMchat was born from a desire to help promote Musicians/Music Industry Professionals and my love of social media. I wanted to create a platform that would give fans “backstage” access to artists as well as give artists a meet and greet opportunity with fans that could be done from the comfort of their own couch. Additionally it was meant to give artists and fans, as well as artist to artist and fan to fan, a platform to get to know each other online…true SOCIAL media, different from the usual broadcasting methodology thus equalizing the experience in a casual and fun setting.

We’ve gathered to get to know artists from The Oak Ridge Boys to Florida Georgia Line to Kelsea Ballerini…following many artists from their first song written for another singer, to their first radio tour, first album and many double digit number ones.

So after 4 years, and more than 10 billion impressions…from my mind to your fingertips comes the next generation of online Entertainment: #HeyStar! #HeyStar! is a brand new Hashtag community and Twitterview chat highlighting Celebrities, including your favorite Television and Movie Stars, Athletes, Musicians, High Profile Personalities, hosted by me and Social Media Entertainment Correspondent Tommy Geraci. It is only fitting that our first guest be one of the coolest, kindest, and most thought-provoking personalities of our generation, Ricki Lake.  Join us on Twitter Tuesday June 30 at 6pPT/9pET.

A true pioneer for WOMEN in Entertainment, Ricki Lake is a successful Actor, Producer Emmy winning Talk Show Host, Documentary Filmmaker, Author, Advocate, and Mother. She is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from 1993–2004.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Ricki online over the past couple years, we have very close friendships with mutual friends. After watching her on TV/Movies so many years, I had always thought her and I would be best of friends if we ever met in real life. Thanks to social media, I’ve had the chance to get to know her…and I was right….now you can too!

Sign up to get a Facebook alert here or a Twitter alert to let you know when were getting started on Tuesday June 30.

Click here to tweet me your questions or use @JessicaNorthey #HeyStar #AskRicki or you can always send anything you want me to ask here or leave a message below. Make sure it is 140 character friendly and please include your Twitter handle so I know who to give credit to.

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Some of you may know Ricki Lake from her talk show or from John Water’s “Hairspray” or her first documentary The Business of Being Born. Lake is currently working on films including Weed the People which explores the use of cannabis on children with cancer, as well as a film about hormonal birth control, called Sweetening the Pill along with producer Abby Epstein. The Business of Being Born questioned the one size fits all approach to birth, and they’ve noticed that there is similar approach to contraception.

In the film, she (and Abby) will be interviewing experts, as well as women who speak of their personal experiences.   You can check out her kickstarter for the film here:

Ricki Lake is an American film actress and television host best known for her starring role as Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray and her daytime talk show, Ricki Lake. Her success with Hairspray in 1988 prompted her to move to Los Angeles where she continued her acting career and underwent a tremendous physical transformation. Her talk show debuted in 1993 to phenomenal ratings. It remained on the air for 11 seasons.  Make sure you’re following Ricki Lake on TwitterFacebook and you can get more info about her Kickstarter for documentary “Sweetening the Pill” on her website.

*note will be #heySTAR!’s temporary home, not it’s forever home just while we’re building it.

Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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