John Singleton, 51 –John Daniel Singleton passed away last year from complications resulting from a stroke. He was an American director, producer, actor, and screenwriter. Singleton was praised for his writing and directing of Boyz N the Hood in 1991, which was a coming of age hood drama film that starred Ice Cube, Nia Long, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Morris Chestnut. At the age of 24, Singleton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. John was the first and youngest African American to ever been nominated by the Academy.
Singleton was a native from the south side of Los Angeles. He often depicted the themes of cultural and societal issues that he grew up experiencing in his life and to which urban populations all over the U.S. could resonate and connect with. From 1993 to 2001, John directed some of the most critically acclaimed films in Black American history including Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001).