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Nicki Minaj Comes to TV in New Comedy for ABC Family

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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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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.