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Nicki Minaj to produce ABC Family comedy series based on childhood

ABC Family announced Tuesday that Nicki Minaj will be entering the world of television. Minaj is on board to executive produce and appear in a comedy based on her family’s move from Trinidad to the U.S. in the early 1990s.

The comedy will focus on her upbringing in Queens and her road to fame. Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago, so the show will also chronicle her “vibrant immigrant family,” which contributed to “the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom.”

“Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is,” Karey Burke, ABC Family’s executive vice president of programming and development, said in a statement.

Minaj will executive produce alongside Aaron Kaplan, Stella Bulochnikov, Gee Roberson, Brian Sher and Will & Grace’s Kate Angelo, according to Entertainment Weekly. Angelo, who wrote The Back-Up Plan and Sex Tape, will also be writing the currently untitled half-hour series.

Minaj, who has openly discussed her troubled past and her abusive drug-addict father, is excited about the new comedy series. “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 said in a statement, Variety reports.

It doesn’t look like Minaj will be playing her younger self in the series. After ABC Family’s announcement, the Anaconda singer tweeted that she is “launching a nationwide search” for her younger self, according to IB Times. But maybe the world will see her take on another role, or provide voiceover narration like Chris Rock in Everybody Hates Chris.

The network has yet to announce a start date for the show. However, shooting will begin this winter in the Queens borough of New York.

Minaj teased her fans Monday Instagramming and tweeting that there was a big “surprise” on the way, which led to the #NickiSurpise trend. On Tuesday, she retweeted ABC Family’s announcement.

This will not be Minaj’s first go around in the world of acting. She appeared as Lydia in The Other Woman, she did the voice of Steffie in Ice Age: Continental Drift and will star alongside Ice Cube in Barbershop 3, according to IMdb. 

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