Regina King, Jordan Peele, Samuel L. Jackson Remember John Singleton: ‘A True Inspiration’

Written by on April 29, 2019

Hollywood is reeling after news broke on Monday that John Singleton has died at the age of 51. The Oscar-nominated director of “Boyz n the Hood” and “Shaft” suffered a debilitating stroke two weeks ago.

On social media, filmmakers and actors such as Jordan PeeleRegina King, and Robert Townsend responded to reports that Singleton had died, praising the director’s work and reflecting on his many kindnesses. His career took off with “Boyz N the Hood,” a drama set in South Central L.A. that received critical raves and was a major commercial success. Singleton became the first African American and youngest person to ever be nominated for best director, earning his invite to the Oscars at age 24.

Singleton joined the Directors Guild of America in 1990, served three terms as a member of the Western Directors Council and was the co-chair of the African American Steering Committee. DGA president Thomas Schlamme released a statement following Singleton’s death.

“John didn’t just make his feature film debut in 1991 with ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ he exploded into Hollywood, our culture and our consciousness with such a powerful cinematic depiction of life in the inner city. The groundbreaking film would go on to make him the youngest person and the first African American ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. For the next three decades, John’s career as a film director flourished with such culturally resonant films ranging from ‘Poetic Justice’ and ‘Rosewood’ to ‘Shaft’ and ‘2 Fast 2 Furious.’ His expansion into television was no less powerful, with his direction of ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ earning him a DGA Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series in 2016. I was so fortunate to be a collaborator with John on the show ‘Snowfall,’ and witnessed first-hand the enormous impact he had on so many.”

“Despite such a busy and successful career, John prioritized his service at the Guild on the Western Directors Council, as former co-chair of the African-American Steering Committee, and as an alternate on our National Board – showing up to support his fellow members every chance that he got. Our hearts are heavier today at the DGA, as we mourn this tremendous loss.”

Regina King, who worked with Singleton on “Boyz n The Hood,” “Higher Power” and “Poetic Justice,” said he was “one of the greatest to ever do it.”

Regina King@ReginaKing

Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just… https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw2RxZ2BdDh/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=3e3i51pxydlj …1,41710:37 AM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy283 people are talking about this

“Shaft” star Samuel L. Jackson remembered his “collaborator and true friend.”

Samuel L. Jackson@SamuelLJackson

Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!9,5021:43 PM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,607 people are talking about this

Other celebrities shared their reactions to the director’s death.

Jordan Peele@JordanPeele

RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.27.8K10:57 AM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy6,893 people are talking about this

John Carpenter@TheHorrorMaster

John Singleton was a talented director and a kind man. He died too young. He will be missed.1,4581:43 PM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy298 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter

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Larry Karaszewski@Karaszewski

John Singleton lived every minute of his 51 years. I’m going to miss laughing, talking movies, watching movies, making movies with this amazing human being. Love you buddy. Condolences to Justice and his whole family.70812:25 PM – Apr 29, 2019113 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

juicy j@therealjuicyj

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R.I.P John Singleton thank you for helpling me if It wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be a Academy award Winner I gonna miss you bro I love you my prayers for your family we will never forget! YOU ARE LEGENDARY 1,2341:36 PM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy298 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter

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The Black List@theblcklst

RIP John Singleton.

Singleton was the first black filmmaker ever nominated for Best Director and remains the youngest ever nominee – he was only 23 years old while making BOYZ N THE HOOD.

Thank you for the powerful stories you shared with us, John – you will be dearly missed.6,28711:25 AM – Apr 29, 20193,153 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

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Robert Townsend@Robert_Townsend

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My prayers go out today to John Singleton and his family. May God bless the young cinematic king who gave us images that will stay with us forever.2,3947:39 AM – Apr 29, 2019701 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacyView image on Twitter

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Lena Waithe@LenaWaithe

This one cuts deep. You’ll never be forgotten. Cause your work will live on.1,30811:00 AM – Apr 29, 2019269 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

yvette nicole brown@YNB

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Today teaches us anew that nothing is promised. Not long life. Not another second. If there is something in your to do, do it! Something to say, say it! Build a bridge. Burn one down. Stand up. Walk away. Whatever is calling to you, heed it NOW! Time waits for no one! #Live3581:02 PM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy71 people are talking about this

Chance The Rapper Owbum @chancetherapper

Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you6,62611:46 AM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy885 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter

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Matthew A. Cherry @MatthewACherry

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Thank you John Singleton. We will make you proud. 6261:31 PM – Apr 29, 2019111 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Neil deGrasse Tyson@neiltyson

Stars in the universe that burn the brightest, live shorter lives than others. And with their high-energy light, they transform all that basks in their luminosity. Farewell John Singleton (1968-2019).10.2K1:53 PM – Apr 29, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,786 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter

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Mayim Bialik@missmayim

RIP John Singleton. He was the first African American AND the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Incredible talent. He will be missed.69311:19 AM – Apr 29, 2019137 people are talking about this


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