The Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton has died

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He was especially known for Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and 2 Fast 2 Furious movies. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors” his family said in a statement, Monday. At age 24, he was the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director of the Boyz n the Hood movie. Many of his films consider the implications of inner-city violence. After directing episodes of the critically acclaimed TV shows Empire and American Crime Story, he served as an executive producer of the crime drama series Rebel for BET. He also co-created the television crime drama Snowfall. His directing ability led to the VFX-driven “Remember the Time” music video for Michael Jackson, which featured Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson.

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Singleton criticized Hollywood for “refusing to let African-Americans direct black-themed films”. Many celebrities expressed their thoughts giving tribute to John Singleton, on Monday. Between others, Janet Jackson, who starred in Poetic Justice said: „You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more. Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers.”

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