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JOHN SINGLETON (Director) has the distinct honor of being the youngest person (at age 24) and first ever African American nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director. His first feature film, 1991's "Boyz N the Hood,” brought the struggles of South Central Los Angeles to mainstream audiences, and was a critical and box office success, landing him Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Original Screenplay. Other films as a writer/director/producer include: "Poetic Justice,” "Higher Learning,” "Shaft” and "Baby Boy.” He also directed "Rosewood,” "2 Fast 2 Furious” and "Four Brothers.” Through his New Deal Productions, he produced the independent films "Hustle & Flow,” "Black Snake Moan” and "Illegal Tender.” Singleton is an alum of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.


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