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2014 Against Me! release the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since lead singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender. The album began as a concept piece about a transexual prostitute back when Grace was still presenting as a man (Tom Gabel). The personal implications became clear when she came out and her bandmates figured out what was going on. Two of the four members of the band - drummer Jay Weinberg and bass player Andrew Seward - quit before it is completed, but the album earns strong reviews and Grace becomes a leader in the fight for transgender rights.

2010 Robert "Squirrel" Lester (of The Moonglows, The Flamingos, The Chi-Lites) dies at age 67 after a long battle with liver cancer.

2004 The warts-and-all Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster makes its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.More

2002 Peggy Lee dies of complications from diabetes and a heart attack at age 81.

1999 Blues singer/pianist Charles Brown, known for "Driftin' Blues" and "Merry Christmas Baby," dies of congestive heart failure at age 76.

1998 James Brown is released from a South Carolina hospital after undergoing treatment for an addiction to painkillers.

1997 Elvis Presley's controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker dies at age 87.

1996 Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia (of Cannibal and the Headhunters) dies of an AIDS-related illness at age 49.

1993 French singer Noël Rota aka Helno (of Les Negresses Vertes) dies of a heroin overdose at age 29.

1989 Kid 'N Play's soon-to-be-gold debut album, 2 Hype, which was released three months earlier, debuts at #96 on the Billboard 200 chart.

1984 Jackie Wilson dies at 49. He has been incapacitated since suffering a heart attack on stage in 1975.

1983 Lamar Williams (the bassist who replaced Berry Oakley in The Allman Brothers Band) dies of lung cancer, possibly from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War, at age 34.

1982 B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis' WDIA in the '50s.

1979 Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash that killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of "Free Bird" alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.

1979 Nokio the N-Tity (of the R&B group Dru Hill) is born Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Dolly Parton Inspires Meme Challenge

2020

Ever the trendsetter, Dolly Parton creates a viral meme that shows off four sides of her personality, as represented by LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Tinder. Celebrities like Oprah, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Garner, and Miley Cyrus join in on the fun with their own versions.


The 74-year-old singer and actress has been around the block a few times in the entertainment industry and has plenty of photos to choose from to represent the different facets of her personality. For the business-oriented LinkedIn photo, she gets serious in a checkered blazer with a pencil tucked into her immaculate coif. For family-friendly Facebook, she dons a "Holly Dolly Christmas" reindeer sweater. She shows her fun-loving side for Instagram in a throwback photo of her days as a guitar-toting country ingénue. For the dating app Tinder, she wiggles into a sexy bunny suit courtesy of her 1978 Playboy shoot. Parton captions the four-panel meme with "Get you a woman who can do it all." The #DollyPartonChallenge sweeps social media. Within the next three days, the meme is shared 30,000 times on Twitter and garners more than 639,000 likes on Instagram. Fellow celebrities keep the meme going with their own versions, including fellow singers like Reba McEntire, Janet Jackson, and Kelly Clarkson. Miley Cyrus, Parton's goddaughter, posted two scenarios: one featuring the different sides of her Disney alter ego Hannah Montana and the other as herself (although the latter looks more like Tinder, Tinder, Tinder, Tinder). MTV explores a deeper meaning behind the meme, arguing that it highlights the difficulty of being our authentic selves in the digital age; we're forced to wear different masks to fit in on different social media platforms, whether we need a job (LinkedIn), a friend (Facebook), a supporter (Instagram) or a date (Tinder).

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