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Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007.

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Music bosses are to extend their "explicit content" labelling to downloads and online streaming - to protect children from inappropriate songs.

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Raunchy Rihanna video sparks new guidance

Music TV channels will be issued with new guidance after an unedited version of Rihanna's controversial S&M video was broadcast before the watershed.

Ofcom attacks 'Mail' for giving Rihanna the XXX Factor

The broadcasting regulator Ofcom yesterday issued an unprecedented rebuke to the Daily Mail for its coverage of the raunchy dance routines by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera on ITV's X Factor final in December.

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Rihanna thought Russell Brand was an "idiot" when she first met him.

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Rihanna feels betrayed by her father

Rihanna feels betrayed by her father.

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Rihanna has been named as spokesmodel for Nivea.

Kanye West video an 'epilepsy risk'

The latest video from hip-hop star Kanye West could cause epileptic seizures, experts have warned.

Rihanna text flirts with Colin Farrell

Rihanna has been exchanging saucy texts with Colin Farrell.

Farah leaves Rupp trailing on his way to record show

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