John Singleton, who died Monday at age 51, left an inheritance that included one of the 1990s most influential films in Boyz N the Hood his debut feature that gave him a couple Oscar nominations. The film, which he made at age 24, not only broke the ground in the film's culture, but also for African Americans – Singleton was the first to ever receive a Best Director nom.
His shocking past after hitting a stroke on April 17 means he was only able to manage nine films in his career and most recently made and produced FX's Snowfall drama series at the start of the crack cocaine epidemic in the Singlet's hometown of Los Angeles (he was born in LA and attended Blair High School, Pasadena City College and the USC School of Cinematic Arts). FX renewed Snowfall for a third season in the fall.
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His film credits by Boyz N Hood & a; included poetic justice (1993) starring Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Regina King, the latter of which, like Cuba Gooding Jr and Ice Cube, became large due to Boyz N the Hood . The image was followed by Higher Learning (1995), Rosewood (1997), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), ] Fire Brothers (2005) and 2011 Abduction .
He later made his mark on television that controlled episodes of Empire, Billions and Emmy-winning Folk Vs. OJ Simpson . His latest producing credits include the 2017 docu L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.
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