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2013-01-01T00:00:00Z 2013-06-15T16:15:11Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
January 01, 2013 12:00 am

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian expecting first child

A kid for Kimye: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child. The rapper announced at a concert Sunday night that his girlfriend is pregnant. Kardashian was in the crowd at Revel Resort's Ovation Hall with her mother, Kris Jenner, and West's mentor and best friend, Jay-Z. West told the crowd of more than 5,000 in song form: "Now you having my baby." The crowd roared. And so did people on the Internet. The news instantly went viral on Twitter and Facebook, with thousands posting and commenting on the expecting couple. Most of the Kardashian clan also tweeted about the news, including Kim's sisters. Kourtney Kardashian wrote: "Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!" West, 35, also told concertgoers to congratulate his "baby mom" and that this was the "most amazing thing." Representatives for West and Kardashian, 32, didn't immediately respond to emails about the pregnancy. The rapper and reality TV star went public in March. Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 and their divorce is not finalized. West's Sunday-night show was his third consecutive performance at Revel. He took the stage for nearly two hours, performing hits like "Good Life," ''Jesus Walks" and "Clique" in an all-white ensemble with two bandmates.

Review: Novel draws on jazz legend's music 

- "Tiger Rag" (The Dial Press), by Nicholas Christopher

Buddy Bolden is a jazz legend whose powerful, original sound at the turn of the last century was so enthralling that some now call him the first big star of that lively American art form. But his own star died quickly. Increasingly erratic, even violent, he was institutionalized in Louisiana in 1907 when he was still in his late 20s and before the word "jazz" had even entered the musical lexicon. He died without ever performing in a rocking, smoke-filled club again. Nicholas Christopher, in his new novel, "Tiger Rag," brings Bolden back to life, full of outsize charm and drive, a virtuoso on his beloved cornet, but quickly losing his mental grip — and ending at the center of a full-blown mystery. To this day, no recording of Bolden has been found. Historical accounts indicate at least one session was captured on an Edison cylinder, the clunky recording equipment of the time. And as "Tiger Rag" opens, Christopher recreates that session and sets spinning a moving, page turner of a story that spans a century and a hunt for the lost Bolden cylinder. It also spans four generations of Dr. Ruby Cardillo's family. AP

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