Who Was John Singleton?

May 11, 2019
Canadian Film Centre from Toronto, Canada [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
He was twenty-four years old when he became the first African American to be nominated for an Oscar for best director. Director, producer, and writer, John Singleton, passed away on April 29th at the age of fifty-one after suffering a stroke. While his talents for telling stories were seen throughout his movies, it was the type of stories that he told and his support of the African American community that some would argue was his true legacy. Boyz n the Hood was the first movie he directed and produced. It was a story about the real life struggles of three boys living in a gang-populated Los Angeles neighborhood called South Central (a neighborhood in Los Angeles that is now called South Los Angeles). Singleton was nominated for an Oscar for best director for that movie. Since Boyz n the Hood, Singleton has directed and produced a number of other films, such as Poetic Justice, Hustle & Flow, and 2 Fast 2 Furious, and has been credited for giving now household names, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Regina King, Ice Cube, and a number of other African American actors, their start in Hollywood.