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.
I love watching comedy movies at home! Did I say I love watching comedy movies at home?! I can laugh as loud as I want to & rewind all the good parts so I can laugh all over again. There’s usually really good bonus features on the home video release so watching it at home is always the best way to go!
I’m not really into this genre of film, so I can multi-task while I watch these types of movies. There usually isn’t as much in-depth dialogue in science fiction moves, so I can definitely be distracted while I watch (or just listen) to these types of films.
I can be as sad as I want to be because I can watch these films all by myself. Watching a romantic film is best done with a glass of wine with no distractions. I can swoon or just take it all in when I’m all alone.
I get to really focus because I’m comfortable in my own home. I get to absorb every word, every line & every scene when I am on my couch & eating my favorite snacks.
This is the only type of film where I can actually learn something. If I’m watching from home, I can stop the film, rewind & take notes when need be. If I didn’t get something, I can pause until I figure it out. Or, if the documentary is intense I can always stop & pick it up another time when I’ve had some time to digest the parts I’ve already seen.
The only types of movies I prefer to watch in the movie theaters are horror & action films. I love the bigger screen and the sound effects that can only be found in a movie theater. I love being around other people when the superhero kicks the villains butt so we can all cheer together. With the IMAX-sized screen, everything really comes to life and makes the whole movie-going experience even better.
What is your favorite type of movie to watch at home?