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People: Alicia Keys, husband, welcome second child

From Wire Reports

Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It’s baby number two for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt Daoud.

The 33-year-old singer shared the news on her Instagram account Sunday with a photo of Genesis’ footprints. The image also details that the baby was born at 1:52 a.m. and weighs 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

Keys expressed excitement in her social media captions, saying that “the joy of joy is joy” and that she is grateful.

Opry’s Little Jimmy hospitalized

Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.

Jessie Schmidt, a publicist for the Opry, said in a news release Sunday that Dickens was admitted to a Nashville-area hospital on Dec. 25 and that he’s in “critical care.”

His last performance at the Opry was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He turned 94 a day earlier.

Dickens, who is 4-foot-11, has performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. He became an Opry member in 1948 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

His hits include “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “Country Boy,” “Out Behind The Barn,” and “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.”

Chris Rock files for divorce

Chris Rock filed for divorce from his wife Malaak Compton-Rock, a statement from his representative confirmed Sunday.

The statement went on to specify that Rock and his family request privacy as they go through this process because it is a personal matter.

The comedian and his philanthropist wife had been married for 19 years and have two daughters, Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.

The birthday bunch

Actress Dina Merrill is 91. Actress Inga Swenson is 82. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 78. Actress Barbara Steele is 77. Actor Jon Voight is 76. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 68. Actor Ted Danson is 67. Actor Jon Polito is 64. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 63. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 55. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 55. Actor Jason Gould is 48. Actor Jude Law is 42. Actress Maria Dizzia (TV: “Orange is the New Black”) is 40. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 31. Actress Jane Levy is 25.

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