John Daniel Singleton was born on January 6, 1968, in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles and his work as a film director, producer and screenwriter depicted these turbulent, often violent roots.
Singleton studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, winning three writing awards from the university, which led to a contract with Creative Artists Agency during his sophomore year.
In 1991, Columbia Pictures bought his script for Boyz n the Hood and budgeted it at $7 million. The film portrayed life in crime-ridden South Central L.A. and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director in 1991, making Singleton the first African-American and the youngest person ever nominated for the award. The film also garnered a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Singleton followed the win with Poetic Justice in 1993 and Higher Learning in 1995. Both films examined modern race relations, and while they enjoyed success at the box office, they were not as highly praised by critics as his debut effort.
Subsequent works include 1997’s historical drama Rosewood, 2000’s Shaft remake starring Samuel L. Jackson and 2001’s Baby Boy. In 2005, he produced the critically acclaimed indie film Hustle & Flow and directed the box office hit Four Brothers.
Singleton was married to Ghanaian princess and actress Akosua Gyamama Busia from 1996 to 1997; they had one daughter together.
In April 2019, Singleton suffered a stroke and was placed in a medically induced coma at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He passed away on April 29, 2019.
It’s that time of year again. Bridal shower invitations, Save-the-date cards and wedding invites are starting to make their way into my mailbox.
Sometimes I’m able to bring a date to the wedding (I usually don’t though) but because I am single, I’m usually not given the option of bringing a date. I’m okay with that but a lot of women aren’t. Most women don’t like going to weddings by themselves because it can be a very lonely experience. A lot of women like to have an “automatic” dance partner, it’s better to take pictures with someone than by yourself & overall it’s a happy occasion so why not share it with somebody that you like (at least somebody you like at that time).
I, on the other hand, feel the complete opposite. I like to go to weddings alone & here’s why:
1. You never know who you might meet at a wedding. The groom always has some single friends who show up by themselves too.
2. Who wants to feel tied down to one person for an entire night? Without a date, I’m free to mingle or “flirt” with whomever I want.
3. It sucks to have to look at a bunch of photos with somebody that you’ve broken up with. It would be horrible to take a date to a friend’s wedding only for our relationship to end shortly thereafter. Then I would be stuck looking at photos reminiscing about memories created with someone who is no longer in my life.
4. I know I’m helping out on the bride & groom’s budget. We all know that weddings can be quite costly. By not adding an additional person to the total head count, I could be saving them anywhere from $50-$100. That’s just like giving them an extra wedding present!
5. There’s always plenty of single women to dance with at a wedding. As a single woman, there will always be other single women wherever I go so if I’m just dying to have a dance partner, I know I’ll be covered.
So, why do you or why don’t you enjoy going to weddings alone?!