made a searing film debut with "Boyz N the Hood," which brought him
the distinction of being the youngest individual and the first African-American
ever nominated for an Academy AwardÂ® as Best Director. His work also earned him
a separate nomination for Best Screenplay, as well as the New York Film Critics
Circle Award for Best New Director. "Boyz N the Hood" went on to
become one of the highest-grossing films in history to have been directed by an
Singleton followed this remarkable debut by writing and directing the inner-city
drama "Poetic Justice," which starred Janet Jackson and the late Tupac
Shakur. He also wrote and directed the collegiate drama "Higher
Learning," starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube and Michael Rappaport.
Singleton's next film was the acclaimed "Rosewood," based on a true
story of a massacre in a small Florida town in the 1920s. Nominated for a Golden
Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Rosewood"
starred Jon Voight, Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle. He also produced
"Woo," starring Jada Pinkett.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Singleton attended the University of Southern
California and majored in film writing.
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