John Singleton has left a lasting impact in the film industry, with tremendous love being shown to the legendary director following his passing. Singleton passed away at the age of 51 after suffering from a stroke early last month.
Having directed many classic films throughout his career, John Singleton’s directorial career started with Boyz n the Hood. The critically-acclaimed film showcased a young boy coming up in the city of South Central Los Angeles while going through the challenges of growing up in the hood. The film led Singleton to become the youngest and first African-American to get nominated for Best Director. Having left a major impact on those that knew him, former President Barack Obama wrote a meaningful message on Twitter.
Singleton’s film contributions helped open doors for people of color in Hollywood. Obama made sure to note that, thanking him for helping filmmakers and generations that followed.
Some of Singleton’s works also include Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and many more.
Rest In Peace, John Singleton.
Condolences to the family of John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 30, 2019