“As a storyteller, when you see somebody who is the character you envisioned, you feel this energy in the room.” — John Singleton, Writer and Director of “Boyz N The Hood” (1991)
Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton, known for his character-driven dramas, passed away on April 29 at the age of 51. Singleton wrote and directed the 1991 hit “Boyz N The Hood” — the Academy-Award nominated movie starring rapper Ice Cube created an entire sub-genre of urban filmmaking and was selected in 2002 for preservation in the National Film Registry as a culturally significant piece of art. Released when Singleton was just 24-years-old, BNTH was Singleton’s first feature film, earning him 2 Academy Award firsts: As the youngest filmmaker and the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director. Singleton often made the unusual directorial choice of casting musical artists in his films, a gamble that often played in his favor — Singleton’s 1993 box-office smash “Poetic Justice” starred Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, and his 2001 hit “Baby Boy” starred R&B singer Tyrese Gibson. RIP Mr. Singleton, gone far too soon.