ABC and the world’s reigning rap queen are teaming up! Nicki Minaj will produce and appear on an ABC comedy series based on her childhood. The 32-year-old was born in Trinidad and Tobago but moved to Queens when she was a kid. The show will chronicle her growing up in 1990s New York.
“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,” said Minaj.
While they hope to film the pilot this winter, they first need to find a young Nicki around 11 or 12-years-old.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) September 29, 2015
“Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is,” said ABC Family’s executive VP Karey Burke.
We don’t know a lot, but over the years we’ve heard of some funny stories that are definitely sitcom worthy. For instance, her first job at 13-years-old was selling fire extinguishers over the phone, and she was told she was “animated” when studying drama at LaGuardia High School (see for yourself below).
While we don’t know the capacity in which Minaj will appear on the show, we do know she has acting chops. She starred in The Other Woman opposite Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz and was the voice behind Steffie in Ice Age: Continental Drift.
We also can’t wait to see how she deals with race issues on the show. Minaj is an outspoken critic of the music industry’s race problem and never shies away from putting people in their place. We’re glad ABC is progressive enough to give her a show, and it’s evident from their lineup that they are at least trying to be more advanced than other networks.
On Once Upon a Time there is Swan Queen (although non-canon) and they basically revealed that Mulan is bisexual. The network also produces Blackish and Fresh off the Boat, sitcoms based on racialized families. They are also hiring minority actors to play lead roles such as Kerry Washington in Scandal, Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder, The Hangover’s Ken Jeong in Dr. Ken, and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra in Quantico .
However, what we really want to see from ABC is a racialized or queer Bachelor or Bachelorette. Juan Pablo Galavis has been the only main suitor who was non-Caucasian.
So while we praise ABC for their efforts, we are only cautiously optimistic about their intentions.