Arts and Entertainment Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007

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

Amy Jenkins: Bankers must have a death wish

Born in the mid-Sixties to lefty London parents, I am a fully paid-up member of Generation X. We've been called the slacker generation and, until 9/11 at least, we were pretty apolitical.

Album: Rihanna, Rated R (Mercury)

In no other field of music does the autobiographical imperative wield as much power as it does in R&B.

World's biggest cruise ship goes on display

The world's biggest cruise ship - boasting its own open air park and amphitheatre - was officially unveiled today.

Pop star Rihanna describes assault horror

Chart star Rihanna has described the horror she felt as her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown was biting and punching her during a violent argument, saying she saw "no soul in his eyes".

Exclusive preview: Rihanna's new single 'Russian Roulette'

For one day only: preview Rihanna's new single "Russian Roulette"

Album: Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3 (Atlantic)

His main subject may still be himself, but Jay-Z tackles it here with a renewed vigour and freshness.

Chris Brown gets probation and community service

US singer Chris Brown was sentenced to probation and community work for beating his former girlfriend pop star Rihanna.

Chris Brown says sorry for Rihanna attack

R'n'B star Chris Brown issued a public apology for beating up his former girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

Chris Brown sentenced to community service

Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna and the two were ordered to stay away from each other, in a deal that keeps the singer out of prison but requires him to clean up graffiti or roadside trash.

Rihanna set to give US its latest courtroom fix

As her boyfriend, Chris Brown, goes on trial, America shows there's nothing it enjoys more than a celebrity in the dock, finds Guy Adams in LA

Rihanna ordered to testify against Chris Brown

Singer Rihanna will appear at the June 22 hearing of her former partner Chris Brown, her lawyer has confirmed.

Hit & Run: MPs and Lords pull together

The Annual House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War, sponsored by Macmillan Cancer support, has been part of the English season for 22 years but this time the humorous potential was huge. In the College Garden of Westminster Abbey on Tuesday night, wits speculated about how many of the Commons team would later claim for the rope. Well-heeled charitable type wondered if the Commons Fees Office would allow expense claims for sweat bandanas and accidental hernias.

Nightclub worker sought over toilet sex attack

Detectives released a photograph today of a man accused of raping a woman after jumping on her from the ceiling of a nightclub toilet.

Rihanna returns to red carpet in New York

Rihanna is back — on the red carpet, at least.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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