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John Singleton, Director of ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ Dies at 51

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and buddy, John Daniel Singleton handed away immediately because of problems from a stroke he suffered final Wednesday

This was an agonizing determination, one which our household made, over quite a lot of days, with the cautious counsel of John’s medical doctors. 

 John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who modified the sport and opened doorways in Hollywood, a world that was only a few miles away, but worlds away, from the neighborhood during which he grew up. 

John grew up in South Central L.A with a love of cinema that confirmed itself early on. He went on to change into one of the vital lauded graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Within months of graduating, John returned to South Central to shoot his debut function, Boyz N the Hood. The film, which was unusually shot in sequence, masterfully captured a narrative of friendship, youth and the peril of exhausting decisions in a group marred by gang violence. The movie earned particular honors at its debut at Cannes and Singleton went onto change into the youngest director and first African-American writer-director nominated for the Academy Award.  Two a long time later, the movie was positioned within the Library of Congress, a marker of its cultural and historic significance.

 John cherished nothing greater than giving alternatives to new expertise and his movies got here to be recognized for profession -making roles with actors who the business would come to embrace; skills resembling Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson.

Singleton’s work spanned genres and showcased his curiosity and creativity: the remake of Shaft, was a homage to his mentor, Gordon Parks. He additionally made historic movies resembling Rosewood and motion movies resembling 2 Fast 2 Furious. Films like Baby Boy and Four Brothers have been prescient within the questions they posed about males and the disaster in American masculinity. As streaming platforms created new alternatives in tv, Singleton took his skills to reveals resembling Billions, The People v. O.J. Simpson:  American Crime Story and Empire.  Most not too long ago, he co-created and government produced the present FX hit drama collection Snowfall, during which he engaged such writing skills as Walter Mosley. 

 John was such a supernova in his youth that we overlook that he was solely starting to completely assert his presents as a director. Kurosawa was 52 when he directed High Low. Hitchcock was 56 when he directed To Catch a Thief.   As a lot as we’ll treasure his physique of labor, we have been trying ahead to the movies John would have made within the years forward. 

 In his personal life, John is a loving and supporting father, son, brother, and buddy who believed in greater schooling, black tradition, old-fashioned music and the facility of movie.

 John’s confidence in his place in Hollywood was solely matched for his ardour for the ocean.  John kayaked in Marina Del Rey each morning.  His best pleasure, when not on set, was crusing his boat, J’s Dream, up and down the Pacific Coast. The American author Willa Cather as soon as stated, “There are some stuff you be taught greatest in calm, and a few within the storm.”  We who’ve grown up with John, made motion pictures with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for therefore many.  Now within the wake of his dying, we should navigate the storm with out him.  It is, for us, heartbreaking.

 Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African American women and men have hypertension, which additionally develops earlier in life and is often extra extreme.  His household needs to share the message with all to please acknowledge the signs by going to

 We are grateful to his followers, pals and colleagues for the outpour of affection and prayers throughout this extremely tough time.  We wish to thank all of the medical doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he acquired. 


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