John Singleton

John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968) is an American movie executive, screenwriter, and maker best known for directing Boyz n the Hood (1991). For the movie, he was assigned for the Academy Award for Best Director, turning into the first African American and most youthful individual to have at any point been designated for the honor.

Singleton is a local of South Los Angeles and a significant number of his initial movies, such as Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), and Baby Boy (2001), consider the ramifications of internal city violence. Some of his different movies incorporate dramatizations such as Rosewood (1997) notwithstanding activity movies such as Shaft (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005). He recently co-created the wrongdoing drama Snowfall.

Early life

Singleton was conceived in Los Angeles, the child of Sheila Ward-Johnson, a pharmaceutical organization deals official, and Danny Singleton, a land operator, contract dealer, and monetary planner. He attended Blair High School, Pasadena City College and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He graduated from USCin 1990, and is a part of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

John Singleton
John Singleton

Singleton had considered pursuing computer science, however joined up with USC’s Filmic Writing program under Margaret Mehring. The program was intended to take understudies straightforwardly into the Hollywood framework as capable essayist/executives. He has refered to the original Star Wars film as one of his most grounded impacts, and the work of Steven Spielberg as a wellspring of inspiration.


Singleton’s 1991 film debut Boyz n the Hood, an internal city show starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Angela Bassett, Ice Cube, and Laurence Fishburne, was both a basic and business achievement. For his endeavors, Singleton got Academy Award assignments for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. At age 24 he was the most youthful individual at any point named for Best Director, and the primary African-American to be selected for the honor (Four others, Lee Daniels, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, have been designated since). The film has since accomplished great status and, in 2002, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “socially critical” and chose it for safeguarding in the National Film Registry.

His guiding capacity prompted the VFX-driven “Recall the Time” music video for Michael Jackson, which featured Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson. His next movies were Poetic Justice (1993) and Higher Learning (1995), which were correspondingly socially cognizant and gotten blended to positive audits.

John Singleton
John Singleton

In 1997, his film Rosewood, a recorded dramatization about racial savagery, was gone into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival. Both this and his 2001 film Baby Boy received positive surveys and built up Singleton’s basic notoriety. Also, his adjustment of Shaft (2000), starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title job, was effective basically and economically.

Singleton has since swung to coordinating activity films, such as 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Four Brothers (2005), which have gotten blended audits. In 2005, Singleton joined with Craig Brewer and financed the independent film Hustle and Flow, when plainly most other real supporters would not clear it for discharge.

In 2013, it was declared that Singleton was appended as chief of the Tupac Shakur biography film. On April 3, 2015, Singleton revealed that generation was put on hold. Four days after the fact, it was declared that following imaginative contrasts with Morgan Creek Productions, Singleton had ventured down as executive, and was supplanted by Carl Franklin. Singleton additionally expressed he was anticipating making a contending film about Tupac.

In the wake of coordinating scenes of the widely praised TV shows Empire and American Crime Story, he filled in as an official maker of the wrongdoing dramatization series Rebel for BET and co-created Snowfall for FX.

Individual life

He has five kids. John has a girl named Justice Maya Singleton (conceived on October 17, 1992) with previous spouse Tosha Lewis, just as a child, Maasai Mohandas Singleton (conceived April 3, 1994).

John Singleton
John Singleton

On October 12, 1996, John wedded Ghanaian actress Akosua Gyamama Busia, who is the girl of Ghana’s second Prime Minister Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia. They have a girl named Hadar Singleton, conceived on April 3, 1997, who showed up in Tears of the Sun (2003) and different movies. Singleton and Busia separated in June 1997. Singleton likewise has a girl, Cleopatra Singleton, who was conceived in 1998. Singleton additionally has a little girl, Isis (conceived in 2010) with Mitzi Andrews, an entertainer/model situated in Toronto, Canada.


On August 23, 2007, Singleton was associated with a car crash in which he struck a jaywalking pedestrian, Constance Russell, 57, of Los Angeles.Staying on the scene until police arrived, Singleton was not affected by liquor or different substances, and was discharged subsequent to being addressed. Russell kicked the bucket later in the emergency clinic. The case was swung over to the District Attorney however no charges were filed.

Analysis of Hollywood

On March 19, 2014, Singleton censured well known studios for “declining to give African-Americans a chance to coordinate dark themed films”. Singleton told a group of people of understudies at Loyola Marymount University “They ain’t giving the dark individuals a chance to recount to the tales.” He additionally included, “They need dark individuals [to be] what they need them to be. What’s more, no one is man enough to proceed to state that. They need dark individuals to be who they need them to be, rather than what they may be.

The dark movies presently—alleged dark movies currently—they’re incredible. They’re incredible movies. Be that as it may, they’re simply item. They’re not pushing the bar ahead imaginatively. …When you endeavor to make it homogenized, when you attempt to make it offer to everyone, at that point you don’t have whatever’s special.”

Inappropriate behavior claim

In 2017, Singleton was blamed for inappropriate behavior by a columnist who met him.


On April 17, 2019, Singleton endured a stroke and was put under escalated care at an undisclosed hospital. He allegedly started to encounter shortcoming in his legs upon as of late coming back to the United States after a trek to Costa Rica. On April 25, it was accounted for that he was in a coma. Disputed reports of his death emerged on April 29 However, it was later affirmed that his family chose to remove him from life support.



Boyz n the Hood (1991) (Nominated—Academy Award for Best Director)

Wonderful Justice (1993)

Higher Learning (1995)

Rosewood (1997)

Shaft (2000)

Child Boy (2001)

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Four Brothers (2005)

Abduction (2011)

Empire (2015) (TV arrangement; one scene)

American Crime Story (2016) (TV arrangement; one scene)

Rebel (2016) (TV arrangement; chief and maker)

Snowfall (2017) (TV arrangement; maker and official maker)


Higher Learning (1995)

Shaft (2000)

Child Boy (2001)

Hustle and Flow (2005)

Dark Snake Moan (2006)

Illicit Tender (2007)


Boyz n the Hood (1991) (Nominated –  Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay)

Wonderful Justice (1993)

Higher Learning (1995)

Shaft (2000)

Child Boy (2001)

On-screen character

Baadasssss! (2003) … Detroit J

The Game (2013) (TV arrangement) … John Singleton

Coordinated efforts

Singleton has cast certain on-screen characters in more than one of his movies:

Boyz n the Hood (1991) Poetic Justice (1993) Higher Learning(1995) Rosewood(1997) Shaft(2000) Baby Boy(2001) 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Four Brothers(2005) Abduction(2011)

Lloyd Avery II

Imprint Boone Junior

Morris Chestnut

John Cothran, Jr.

Ice Cube

Tyra Ferrell

Laurence Fishburne

Tyrese Gibson

Dedrick D. Gobert

Tim Griffin

Cole Hauser

Taraji P. Henson

Catherine Kellner

Regina King

Marc Macaulay

Michael Rapaport

Ving Rhames

Busta Rhymes

Roger Guenveur Smith