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Nicki Minaj to produce and appear in a comedy based on her childhood

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Deadline reports that Nicki Minaj is getting in on the autobiographical-series game with a new show on ABC Family. The half-hour single-camera comedy will follow Minaj’s upbringing in Queens, New York in the ’90s. Minaj will executive produce along with Aaron Kaplan (The Mysteries Of Laura, the American Inbetweeners) and Kate Angelo (Will & Grace, The Bernie Mac Show). Angelo will also pen the as-yet-untitled series; her writing credits include Sex Tape, The Back-Up Plan, as well as some episodes of the shows she produced (oh, and Becker).

The rapper was born in Trinidad and Tobago, so the show will also tell the story of “her vibrant immigrant family,” which is part of “the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom.” Minaj probably won’t be able to portray her younger self, despite having studied acting at the prestigious LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, but she will appear in some capacity. Maybe she’ll provide a voiceover narration ala Chris Rock on Everybody Hates Chris, or maybe she’ll play herself in the present as some form of inspiration for her preteen self. She is a highly-successful performer after all.


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