Director John Singleton dead at 51. He taught us that vision was possible.. so His Legacy Lives!
John Singleton, a versatile director who made it big with "Boyz n the Hood," and went on to a variety of projects including "2 Fast 2 Furious," died Monday April 29, 2019 after suffering from a stroke many days ago.... He was 51.
Singleton was just 23 years old when he wrote and directed "Boyz n the Hood," becoming the first African American, and the youngest person ever to receive an Oscar nomination for best director.
In 2002, "Boyz N the Hood" was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which called it "an innovative look at life and the tough choices present for kids growing up in South Central Los Angeles. The groundbreaking nature of this film took a deep personal look into the reality of the urban struggle. Yet Singleton's career highlights not only the significance of that movie, but his progress since.
Like many who achieve early success, Singleton was destined to be most closely identified with his debut accomplishment. Despite directing movies in different genres through the 1990s and 2000s, he eventually expressed frustration with the studio system, and funneled his efforts into television. Singleton love showcasing diverse voices on TV, I'm talking the kind of intimate storytelling that "Boyz in the Hood" represented.
None of Singleton's subsequent movies received the acclaim of "Boyz N the Hood," and he was criticized at times for turning characters into mouthpieces for political and social messages.
Notably.. Singleton's latest project, the FX series "Snowfall," deals with many of the same themes that "Boyz" explored nearly three decades ago, chronicling the onset of the crack cocaine epidemic. The format has allowed that story to unfold gradually from multiple perspectives, without the pressures that have prompted the major studios to focus their resources on theatrical blockbusters.
In addition to films like "Baby Boy" and "Poetic Justice," Singleton also directed mass entertainment, including the first sequel to "The Fast and the Furious" and the "Shaft" remake, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Few projects, however, can rival the mix of cultural influence, commercial success and artistic merit that "Boyz n the Hood" combined, a story that Singleton always said he had "lived" before making it.
John Singleton was married twice and leaves behind five children. Besides his career in movies, Singleton also directed the video for Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time," which included Eddie Murphy and Magic Johnson. He cast hip-hop artists and other musicians in many of his films, including Ice Cube in "Boyz N the Hood," Janet Jackson and Shakur in "Poetic Justice" and Tyrese Gibson in "Baby Boy."
In the outpouring of tributes to Singleton, many are saddened by his death, and miss him dearly. Singleton had been in a coma following a stroke 12 days earlier. His family had previously revealed the medical episode, but few details had been made available about the seriousness of his condition until he passed today.
Singleton Once said..
"There's hardly any precedent for a guy like me to have the career that I've had. Because I grew up the way I grew up, I'm an in-your-face kind of guy. I developed that as a defense mechanism to survive in the streets. I do that in Hollywood in the service of my passion." RIP Mr. John Singleton .. you most definitely did!
Jillianne Harris (Author) #JustATouchof_J