After he suffered a major stroke on April 17, Oscar-nominated director John Singleton has passed away at the age of 51. During his lifetime, Singleton was known as one of the most prolific writers, directors, and producers to ever make a movie.
At the age of 24, Singleton became the first African-American- and the youngest person too, if we might add- to be nominated for the Best Director category at the Academy Awards, scooping the nod at the 1192 edition of the awards for his work on Boyz n’ the Hood.
Since then, it’s been one television credit after another for the Los Angeles native, with popular shows such as American Crime Story, Empire, Billions, Snowfall, and much more in his catalog.
Quickly, here’s a recap of some of his most iconic works.
Boyz n’ the Hood (1991)
Singleton’s first directorial debut was a humanization of gang culture, drug violence, and crime. The movie remains relevant today, marking a jumpstart for the careers of actors such as Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, and Regina King.
Poetic Justice (1993)
Poetic Justice was a romantic drama that celebrates black love. It followed the tor of a poet who fell in love with an aspiring rap artist and post office worker, while on a trip to Oakland, California. Starring Tupac Shakur, Maya Angelou, Regina King, and Janet Jackson, the movie will live on as a classic for sure.
Higher Learning (1995)
Higher Learning is a classic flick, set in the ‘90s, that demonstrates the fact that sometimes, you learn best through experience. It showcases the stereotypes faced by a group of college students, all of whom were enrolled in a predominantly white institution. The star-studded cast included Ice Cube, Michael Rapaport, Omar Epps, and Tyra Banks.
Rosewood was a movie based on real-life events that occurred in the little town of Rosewood, near Florida in the 1920s. Here, Singleton paints a portrait of how an African-American town was all but decimated by a false rape accusation and racism. Its stars included Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, and Jon Voight.
Baby Boy (2001)
Baby Boy was Taraji P. Henson’s first major film debut, and in it, Singleton marked a major deviation in the way he reported the dynamic between two black American lovers. In this movie, we see a relationship that is complicated by immaturity, infidelity, and a mentality problem. Along with Henson, other stars included Snoop Dogg, Omar Gooding, Ving Rhames, and Tyrese Gibson.
2 Fast, 2 Furious (2003)
Singleton also got behind the wheel, trying his directorial skill at the fast lane. The popular movie depicts the dynamic between a former police officer and his former friend, as they got on the wheels of high-speed racing cars and ended a drug lord’s reign of terror.
It starred Paul Walker, Eva Mendez, Ludacris, Michael Ealy, and Tyrese Gibson.