John Singleton, the first black filmmaker ever nominated for the Best Director Oscar, has reportedly suffered a “mild” stroke, according to Deadline. He has been hospitalized, and his condition is unknown.
Singleton burst onto the scene with 1991’s Boyz N The Hood, a moving, heartbreaking portrait of young people struggling to get by in the low-income South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles. The drama helped make a star out of Cuba Gooding Jr., who played college-bound protagonist Tre, and marked the first acting credit for Ice Cube, who received accolades for his turn as tough but secretly sensitive gang member Doughboy. At the following year’s Academy Awards, Singleton was nominated for both Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Singleton went on to helm such thoughtful fare as Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Rosewood, and Baby Boy, as well as the more popcorn-oriented likes of the remake of Shaft from the year 2000, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers. He co-created FX’s cocaine drama Snowfall, which was recently renewed for a third season, and has directed episodes of Billions, Empire, and The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.
The news was met with kind words from colleagues, co-workers, and fans, all hoping, as we do, for a speedy recovery.
Praying for John Singleton! https://t.co/XzvC4P4UHx
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 20, 2019
My prayers for the great John Singleton—
Come back to the hood John—you’re the man
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) April 20, 2019
To all my brothers and sisters who love brave filmmaking and all the people of Memphis who experienced his true love and respect, please keep my big brother John Singleton in your thoughts. We want him healthy, happy, and raising hell like he always has.
— CRAIG BREWER (@MyBrewTube) April 20, 2019
Wishing Director John Singleton (age 51) a speedy recovery from his stroke.
An occasion, perhaps, for the rest of us to be amazed that human physiology works at all. pic.twitter.com/x4H1iFjvZG
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) April 20, 2019
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) April 20, 2019
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 20, 2019
Prayers up to director John Singleton @SHAFT6816 . He suffered a stroke last night. This photo is from 2016 when I interviewed him at the @ABFF. John is a strong, influential voice and it matters. He is 51. Add him to your prayer list! #RolandMartinUnfiltered pic.twitter.com/YJsswPf06v
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 20, 2019