Pitchfork writes a fitting tribute to John Singleton the director who brought us Baby Boy. And Boyz N The Hood. I am not from that generation and I am yet to watch Boyz.
This is a fitting testament to the power of film. With his movies Singleton was able to paint a picture of the occupants of the American West’s ghetto that was beyond the perception most of mainstream America had. The pimps and gangbangers? There was more to them thank you think.Singleton brought the story of the Black American existence to the millions, just as hip-hop had before him.
Fun fact: Tupac Shakur was supposed to start in Baby Boy before he died. Singleton then had settle for Tyrese Gibson. Who delivered a stellar performance.
Singleton had previously worked with Shakur on Poetic Justice.