Filmmaker John Singleton dies at 51

30 April, 2019, 07:18 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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Friends, fans and critics posted tributes to the director, remembering his work, including the 1993 film "Poetic Justice", which starred Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, the 2000 remake of "Shaft" and "2 Fast 2 Furious" in 2003.

John Singleton loved film, sailing and his family.

John Singleton was a keynote speaker for the inaugural Rolling Out Innovation and Digital Entertainment conference (RIDECon) in 2017. Within months of his graduation, Singleton returned to the South Central LA of his youth to make Boyz N The Hood, which launched at Cannes and saw Singleton become the youngest - and the first -African-American filmmaker nominated for Academy Awards in both writing and direction. Highlighting the crack epidemic plaguing Los Angeles, the show have proven to be a hit for the network, and was renewed for a third season last fall. They're great films, but they're just product. Singleton's remarkable career launched with the critically acclaimed 1991 film "Boyz N the Hood", about three teens growing up amid Los Angeles violence and gang culture.

A dispute has ensued between Singleton's mother, Shelia Ward, who has sought conservatorship over his estate, and other family members.

Singleton was outspoken about issues of race in the Hollywood system, telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that studios weren't "letting the black people tell the stories" when it came to films depicting the African American experience.

The website claims Ward has asked a judge to be appointed the temporary conservator of his business affairs but his daughter Cleopatra is allegedly trying to block it so that she and her siblings aren't "freezed out".

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"John is now in the ICU and under great medical care". One of them was Jordan Peele, who on Monday tweeted: "John was a courageous artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything", echoed writer-director Jordan Peele.

The director's family had provided few details about Singleton's medical crisis, but said he has long suffered from hypertension.

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"Like many of us when I heard the news I wished it wasn't true. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this hard time." - via statement.

Singleton has more recently focused on TV projects, directing episodes of Empire and American Crime Story, as well as acting as creator and executive producer on 2017's Snowfall.



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