Nicki Minaj revealed the cast for her ABC Family sitcom on Instagram Friday, the new place for sending out press releases. Model Selita Ebanks, along with a few unfamiliar faces, make up the leads.

The story is based on Nickiā€™s upbringing as the child of a Trinidadian immigrant raised in Queens. The adorable young actress playing Nicki is Ariana Neal, whoā€™s appeared in Fruitvale Station and Get Hardā€”watch video of her covering Bruno Marsā€™ ā€œGrenadeā€ here.

Ebanks will play Nickiā€™s mom on the show, which means sheā€™ll have an accent? But the best part of this casting is Whoopi Goldberg in a cameo as Nickiā€™s (probably nosy, chatty) neighbor Martha.

Nicki writes on IG: ā€œI am honored and excited to announce that Iā€™ve literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series ā€œNickiā€ ~ #ABCFamily #Freeform ~ Iā€™ve been going to the auditions falling in love with some incredible people. Looking forward to unveiling this groundbreaking new show for you guys in 2016! šŸ˜˜šŸ˜˜šŸ˜˜šŸ˜˜ā€


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