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John Singleton


“Cinema was my rite of passage.”



Becoming, at the age of 24, the youngest individual and the first African American ever to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award, John Singleton made movie history with Boyz ‘N the Hood, his astonishing 1991 directorial debut. An intensely personal portrait of life and death in South Central L.A. that was inspired by the director’s own experiences, the film earned Singleton comparisons to past wunderkind Orson Welles and heralded him as one of Hollywood’s most important new directors.

Born January 6, 1968, in the South Central L.A. neighborhood he would later immortalize on celluloid, Singleton was the son of a mortgage broker father and a company sales executive mother. Raised jointly by his divorced parents, he went on to attend the University of Southern California, where he majored in film writing. While a student at U.S.C., Singleton won a number of writing awards that led to a deal with the Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year. At the age of 23, he… read more


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Singha Song


I wish he could start making films as great as Boyz, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning again instead of all this 2 Fast rubbish. The films that actually made highlight to interesting things.

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Marcus WP


from boyz n the hood & rosewood to a fast & the furious sequel. lol.

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I think it's a shame these are the only four films on his profile. Only two of which he directed. Tsk tsk. Looks like I've got some submitting to do.