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JOHN SINGLETON (director) exploded onto the scene with his first film, "Boyz N the Hood,” a tough, intelligent, plain-speaking look at friends in gang-ridden South Central L. A. that earned him two Oscars nominations, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. Singleton became the first African-American (and the youngest filmmaker ever) to achieve both honors.

Singleton recently directed the successful "2 Fast 2 Furious” and wrote, pro¬duced, and directed "Baby Boy,” starring R&B singer (and "Four Brothers” star) Tyrese Gibson, Ving Rhames, Snoop Dogg, and newcomer Taraji P. Henson. "Baby Boy” received four NAACP nominations. He also wrote, produced, and directed "Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, for Paramount Pictures. Before that, he directed "Rosewood,” starring Jon Voight and Ving Rhames. Prior to that, he wrote, produced and directed "Higher Learning” starring Ice Cube and Laurence Fishburne, and wrote, produced, and directed "Poetic Justice” starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. Most recently, Singleton produced the 2005 Sundance Film Festival hit "Hustle & Flow.”

While Singleton was attending the Filmic Writing Program at USC, he won three writing awards from the university, which led to representation with Creative Artists Agency during his senior year. He was also a two-time recipient of the John Nicholson Screenwriting Award and won the Robert Riskin Award in 1989.

Singleton has won numerous awards, including the LAFCA New Generation Award in 1991, the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker 1992, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director ("Boyz N the Hood”) 1991, and finally the ShoWest Award for Screenwriter of the Year, and the Special Award for Directorial Debut of the Year, 1992.

He has also directed television commercials for Coca-Cola and AT&T.


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