Nicki Minaji Gets Her Own TV Show on ABC

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Rapper Nicki Minaj has her own television comedy series coming to ABC — the same network that brought you Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Minaj will produce and star in the comedy TV series that will begin shooting in Queens, NY this winter.

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Nicki Minaj is set to executive produce and appear in a scripted comedy series for ABC Family based on the rap star’s life growing up in Queens, New York. The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will film a pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown this winter, with the intention to continue to series. The half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on Minaj’s family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ’90s.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on Minaj’s family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ’90s. The untitled series will center on her childhood in Queens with her vibrant family and how her evolution led to her eventual rise to international fame. The project will shoot in Minaj’s hometown of Queens, New York starting this winter.

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”

“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj. “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 studied acting at Manhattan’s prestigious LaGuardia High School and originally pursued acting before launching a successful music career. Minaj, who is in the midst of her worldwide “Pinkprint” tour, is the first solo female artist to have seven singles charting simultaneously on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third full-length album, The Pinkprint, became the second highest-selling female debut of 2014 and arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.

Bungi Garlin Invades Atlanta

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On March 27, Trends Concept in junction with DJ Kash (V103 Atlanta), held a ground breaking one on one discussion with Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin, at Thrive Lounge, downtown Atlanta. Garlin whose real name is Antonio Alvarez was accompanied with his wife Fay-Ann Lyons, both have been breaking music records in the Soca genre over the past decade.

The event was attended by over 200 invited guests from the Atlanta metro area. Garlin also performed a melody of his latest hits, after his Q&A segment, where he discussed a variety of topics, such as the future of Soca in the mainstream music industry. He commented on his recent success with his hit song “Differentology”, which was the first Soca song to win a Soul Train Award in 2013. Garlin also shared the importance of Caribbean community  purchasing his genres music. To date,I-Tunes, do not see the importance of hosting the Soca genre in its catalog, due to limited sales in the past.

Bungi Garlin and CMN associate Tameka Winchester
Bungi Garlin and CMN Associate Tameka Winchester
The atmosphere was welcoming and inviting, as guests enjoyed drinks, while mingling with friends and colleagues. Bunji Garlin and his wife, toke pictures with his fans and various media outlets. The couple was engaging to their Atlanta hosts, and also mentioned that they have never been to a sit down interview Soca event such as this one. The guests laughed as Bungi and Fay-Ann shared their personal commentary on past Trinidad Carnival Soca Monarch competitions, and their journey throughout their careers.
“I was surprise to see chairs, I thought someone was getting married- Joked Fay-Ann Lyons” 
The Atlanta Caribbean American community was excited to have Bunji and his wife in town for this special event. He will be back in town Memorial Day weekend, during the Atlanta Carnival, hosted at Underground Atlanta on May 24, 2014. The 10th Annual Jouvert will take place on May 23, 2014 at the Atrium, where Garlin and his wife Fay-ann, will be alongside reggae artist Beenie Man, hosted by Krushmore Entertainment.

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