John Singleton: A Black Icon

Written by Anthony Grafton

John Singleton is one of the most famous black directors of his time. John Singleton directed Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Poetic Justice, Beverly Hill Cop 3, Michael Jackson Video: Greatest hits, Luke Cage, 8 Mile, and most famously Boyz n the Hood. Boyz n the Hood was John’s first movie to make it big which was surprising because he was only about 23 at the time. With people loving his first work, he continued on making movies with a lot of the more known movies have a prominent black background. John wanted to give opportunities to other black people that had not been available previously like giving rappers acting jobs. John opened up or capitalized on this in Boyz n the Hood with Ice Cube but went on with Tupac in Poetic Justice and the movie about Eminem called 8 Mile. 8 Mile, Poetic Justice, Boyz n the Hood, and Luke Cage all had a different look on the black community that black people in those communities could relate too. John really got his fame from the backing of the black community for representing them so well.

John Singleton died at the age of 51 of May 28, 2019. John had been in a coma from since April 17 from being in a stroke. After his death, John Singleton’s funeral was set for the next Monday, May 6th. His funeral was private unlike most funerals from celebrities. People that were seen at his funeral were Ice Cube from Boyz n the Hood and Ludacris from 2 Fast 2 Furious. All of the people at his funeral had good things to say and John and he will be dearly missed.

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Anthony Grafton