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Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad, in 1984,[1] and is of Indian, African and Trinidadian descent.[5] She lived in Trinidad with her grandmother until age 5 when she moved to the Queens, New York.[1] According to Minaj, her father drank alcohol, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.[6] She has stated that life was difficult growing up, but that “music helped her through it”.[citation needed] She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210 and graduated from LaGuardia High School.[1][7] At LaGuardia, a school specializing in music and the visual and performing arts, Minaj participated in the drama program.[1] She once worked at a Red Lobster restaurant in the Bronx.[1]

Edited by odell16 on 9 Sep 2010, 01:33

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