This week we lost one of the greats. John Singleton was the first African American, and the youngest person ever, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. In 1991,
This week we lost one of the greats. John Singleton was the first African American, and the youngest person ever, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. In 1991, Boyz n the Hood was like a bomb dropped on a complacent American cultural landscape, an unflinching and preternaturally mature look at growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His first film at the age of 23, Singleton shot it entirely in sequence; he once said in an interview that “[a]s it becomes more intense and comes on to the third act, the camera work is more and more fluid, because I’m getting better and better – and taking more chances.” But it’s more than just the first classic coming-of-age story of the ‘90s, and it’s more than the work of a brilliantly creative Black voice that broke through into the “mainstream” despite overwhelming hurdles put in place against exactly that happening; it’s an exploration of American masculinity and brotherhood that values realism and honesty over easy answers and melodrama. It’s not just still relevant; it’s still an open wound. They still don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care. But Singleton did, and Boyz n the Hood does. Tampa Theatre and REWIND are heartbroken at the passing of John Singleton but proud for this chance to present his incredible achievement, Boyz n the Hood, to our community.
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