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Queens-based Nicki Minaj comedy coming to ABC Family

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International rap superstar Nicki Minaj is set to produce and appear in a scripted television series for ABC Family based on her upbringing in Queens.

The comedy will be based on Minaj’s early life in Jamaica and the musical evolution that made her an iconic female artist. Minaj moved to the “World’s Borough” with her family after their immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s, and she later attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” Minaj said. “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’s on-screen role in the series has not yet been announced. The half-hour comedy is set to be filmed in a single-camera format, and shooting will begin in Queens this winter.

ABC Family Executive Vice President of Programming and Development Karey Burke said that Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches.

“We’re beyond thrilled to bring her one-of-a-kind story to our channel,” Burke said. “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.”

Minaj’s career is white-hot and she is regarded as one of the biggest names in modern rap music. She is currently on a world tour promoting her third full-length album, “The Pinkprint,” which had the second-highest female debut of 2014. Minaj is also set to appear in her first starring movie role in “Barbershop 3″ in the spring of 2016.


P.S. 46’s Lunar New Year show celebrates diversity

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THE COURIER/Photo and videos by Melissa Chan

Students at P.S. 46 in Bayside rang in the Year of The Horse Tuesday with a Lunar New Year celebration.

About 125 scholars, kindergarten through fifth grade, took the stage to perform Chinese and Korean dances and songs, as well as the traditional lion dance and martial arts, during the school’s ninth annual assembly.

“We have such a huge Asian population,” said co-coordinator Caroline Galan, a Response to Intervention teacher at the school. “It’s one of our biggest holidays that we celebrate.”

The show could not go on without the help of some 30 parents who came to practice with the students during lunch for about two months, Galan said.

Co-coordinator Hannah Ree, who teaches special education, said the “inclusive” assembly raises awareness of different cultures and celebrates diversity.

“It’s a great way to share who we are and get other children to celebrate with us,” she said. “It gives everyone an opportunity to be a part of this.”