The Hustle & Flow and Empire star, 44, will recount her childhood growing up in a rough Washington, D.C. neighbourhood, detail her struggles as a single mum after falling pregnant while at college, and open up about her movie career, working with the likes of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow and Tyrese Gibson in Baby Boy.

The as-yet-untitled project will be released by publishers at Simon & Schuster imprint 37 Ink in 2016, reports the Associated Press.