Nicki Minaj Comes to TV in New Comedy for ABC Family
It looks like we may soon be getting a more family-friendly Nicki Minaj.
Love her or hate her, there’s no question that Nicki Minaj is one of the most dominant voices in hip-hop. But she also has a really interesting story that is now being adapted by writer Kate Angelo (Sex Tape) for Kapital Entertainment and ABC Family. The untitled series Minaj’s coming to the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago and spending her childhood in Queens in the 1990s with her vibrant immigrant family, and how that led to her eventual musical stardom. From the description, it seems like it’ll be to Minaj what Everybody Hates Chris is to Chris Rock. And yes, Minaj will be starring and serving as an Executive Producer.
You might be surprised by the choice of network, but according to Deadline Hollywood, ABC Family’s Executive VP of Programming and Development Karey Burke says:
Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches. Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.
Meanwhile, Minaj herself seems excited about the project:
This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.
Minaj has an interesting and unusual (for television) upbringing that should make for some great storytelling. She also has acting training, having attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School (the “Fame school”), and pursued acting before she pursued music, so this actually has the potential to be really good.
In any case, I’m always down for female-helmed projects starring women of color, and I’m a fan of Minaj, so I’ll be watching regardless. Will you?
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