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Midlands pop star delivers online safety talk at Cradeley Heath school

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A pop star visited secondary school to deliver a an online safety and anti-discriminatory message to youngsters.

Rhianna Emms is a 21-year-old urban and pop singer-songwriter from the Midlands.

She writes all of her own music and has been described by Radio 1 as the next big female singer on the music scene.

Rhianna has also supported Fifth Harmony on tour.

The singer headed to Ormiston Forge Academy, in Cradley Heath, to deliver her message.

During the afternoon in Cradley Heath, Rhianna performed and talked to Forge students.

She delivered important messages about online safety and some personal reflections on bullying and discrimination.

Then Rhianna performed a set of covers that had the 1,000 strong audience of students up on their feet dancing along.

Rhianna said: "The kids were absolutely amazing, they all gave it their all when singing along to my songs. They had no problem answering my questions in relation to cyber bullying and they were very respectful and listened to every word I had to say. All in all, it's a fabulous school, full of fabulous children and members of staff, I had an amazing time."

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Principal at Forge, Andrew Burns, said: "We are really grateful that Rhianna took time out from her busy schedule to come and talk and perform for our students.

"The messages she delivered are incredibly important.

"They are messages we constantly reinforce but having Rhianna engage with the young people so well makes the delivery much more powerful."

The Academy is also welcoming rising pop and R&B duo, Misunderstood, to the academy in January.

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They performed and talked to students about British values.

Misunderstood graduated from the BRIT School of Performing Arts, in London.

The duo first came to fame as part of the dance group Myztikal who reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2010.

Since then they have supported both MOBO award winner Chipmunk as well as Grammy winners Boyz II Men on tour.

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