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John Singleton, director of Boys N the Hood, Poetic Justice, Baby Boy & more, has passed away after having a stroke about 12 days ago. He was put in a medically-induced coma, being non-responsive and was not getting any better. His family has released a statement, “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
Adding that John “quietly struggled with hypertensions. More than 40% of African-American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.”
John checked himself into the hospital 12 days ago because of a pain in one of his legs, and had a stroke while at the medical center.
Singleton was nominated for 2 Oscars with Boys in the Hood, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The youngest filmmaker to get nominated in these 2 categories. And the first african american for best Director. He directed & screenwrote for Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac, Baby Boy he directed, produced, and wrote. He directed Shaft, Fast & Furious 2, Four Brothers, and more. He also directed music videos including Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”. John Singleton has also been teaching a course titled, film & culture, at his alma mater, USC.
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I really didnt want to believe I'd to have to write something like this about John. I am a believer of miracles. Alas…I met John when my older sister Kelly enrolled at USC in 1986 & quickly became friends with a group of fun loving, black, creative masterminds. They called themselves the "Black Pack" I was 13 then and in awe of how loud and proud they were. Each friend contributing a different vibe and talent. By the time I turned 18 they chaperoned (yeah right 🤗) my birthday party. When I transferred to UCLA they promised my family they would look out for me & they did. The entire time I've been in Hollywood I knew I had big brothers who had my back & that knowledge gave me wings. While they all accomplished so much, there was John breaking barrier after barrier making dreams into reality and never losing that loud and proud, by any means necessary mentality. Flash forward decades and I'd run into him in the islands or Miami and we'd laugh in awe and glee at how far we'd both come. I will forever be grateful to the Black Pack & John Singleton. You showed me exactly what we can do when we stick together. Love & Light to all his loved ones and fans. Hold onto one another, we are greater together. Rest in eternal peace 🙏🏾🙏🏾
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I Will Forever Miss My Brother John Singleton. We Met While He Was A Film Student At USC. Over Many Years People Have Told Me “I’m Going To Be A Filmmaker”, When John Said That To Me The 1st Time We Met, I Believed Him Right Away. It Was No Surprise. With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen, And He Did. From Day One, We Have Remained Close Over The Decades, Cheering Each Other On In This Industry That Is Not Set Up For Us To Win. John Singleton’s Films Will Live On Forever. Blessings And Prayers For His Family. May John Rest In Power. Amen.
Written by Clarke Jones