Stars pay tribute to John Singleton

John Singleton became the first African-American nominated for a best director Oscar. Image: themarysue

Stars from around the world of music, film and beyond have paid tribute to Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, who has died aged 51.

Singleton, best known for 1991’s Boyz N The Hood “passed away peacefully” after being removed from life support in Los Angeles, his family confirmed.

The filmmaker had been in intensive care following a stroke last week.

Janet Jackson praised Singleton for “all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers”.

Jackson, who made the move from music to movies in Singleton’s 1993 film Poetic Justice, posted on Instagram: “You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more.

“I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers.”

Chance the Rapper, pointed to one of Singleton’s memorable music videos for Jackson’s brother, Michael.

He wrote: “Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you.”

Music producer Quincy Jones, added his condolences, posting on Twitter: “RIP to my dear brother, John Singleton. Gone far, far too soon…your storytelling & contributions to our culture will endure forever.”

Rapper-turned-actor, Ice Cube, who made his own acting debut in Singleton’s first film said “he loved [to] bring the black experience to the world.”

Busta Rhymes, who starred in Singleton’s remake of detective movie Shaft, described him as “one of my big brothers in this fraternity of the entertainment industry”.

“Gave me guidance,” he added, “believed in me, and when it came to film he saw greater potential in me that I saw in myself.”

Born in LA, Singleton was considered a trailblazer for African-American directors in the 1990s.

In 1992, he became the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for the best director Oscar with his debut feature Boyz N The Hood.

Fresh out of college, he also became the youngest ever director to be nominated for the accolade.

He received a second nomination for best original screenplay for the film.

‘Agonising decision’

Early on Monday, the director’s family announced they had taken the “agonising decision” to remove him from life-support.

“We are grateful to his fans, friends, and colleagues for the outpour of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time,” they said.

“We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.”

Later, a spokesperson for the family confirmed the father-of-seven had died surrounded by friends and family.

In their statements, the family also took the opportunity to raise awareness around hypertension, or high blood pressure, in the African-American community.

They said the director had “silently struggled” with the condition, and urged people to familiarise themselves with symptoms.


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