On April 17, 2019, Legendary Director, John Singleton suffered a stroke and it has been reported that he has fallen into a coma. This news has come to a shock for many fans and celebrities alike. Many has come to show their love and prayer for the director including, Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson, Snoop Dogg, and many more. John Singleton, born and raised in Los Angeles, Singleton shook up the Hollywood scene with his debut directorial film, Boyz In The Hood. Since then he has blessed us with classic films like Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Rosewood, Baby Boy, and has inspired a whole generation of black filmmakers. Singleton has helped shape black culture with a fresh and innovative outlook. Here are 5 ways John Singleton has shaped the culture:
- Boyz In The Hood
Although there have been films that have centered around the inner-city in the 80’s, none of them came were as pioneering and ground-breaking like Singleton’s debut, coming-to-age film Boyz In The Hood. Not only did the film introduce the world to Regina King, Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nia Long, and the debut acting performance by former N.W.A member Ice Cube; but it helped pioneer the sub-genre of Urban films as well as influence the creation of later hood classics like Menace to Society, South Central, and Fresh, just to name a few. We can not also forget that Singleton became the first African- American director to be nominated for an Oscar at only 21 years old.
2. Poetic Justice
After blessing the world with Boyz In The Hood, Singleton did not slow down at all. The director ended up creating another classic with Poetic Justice. Tapping two of the biggest stars at the time, Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, this film as become a symbol of black love and even provided classic 90’s fashion with the “Poetic Justice Braids” that Jackson donned in the film. Lets not also forget the classic line that Shakur’s character, Lucky, provided in the film when the actor and his friends crashed a black family reunion , “Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnn”
3. Remember The Time
John Singleton was responsible for directing Michael Jackson’s classic music video fr his single, “Remember The Time.” the video was an elaborate production and became one of Jackson’s longest videos at over nine minutes. It was set in ancient Egypt and featured groundbreaking visual effects and appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson. The music video has also been praised for being one of the first production to show black people as the original Egyptians.
4. Baby Boy
We cannot talk about John Singleton without talking about the classic film Baby Boy. Not only did the film heighten the careers of both Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson, but it has become a staple in the homes of black families due to the films relatability, it’s strong coming to age theme, and its unintentional humor.
5. Rappers Turn Actors
Since Ice Cube’s casting in Singleton’s first film Boyz In The Hood, the director has made it a point to always cast rappers in his film. From the late Tupac Shakur in Poetic Justice, Busta Rhymes in Higher Learning, and Snoop Dogg in Baby Boy; it would not be far fetch to say that John Singleton helped open doors for rappers to expose their acting chops