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John Singleton: Hollywood Remembers the Groundbreaking Director

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After director John Singleton passed away yesterday, tributes to the trailblazing writer, director and producer have been pouring in from his friends, collaborators and admirers from across Hollywood and the comics industry.

While Singleton is most remembered for being the first African-American to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for his iconic 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, the 51-year-old director leaves behind a varied library of work. In addition to his TV projects like the FX series Snowfall, Singleton wrote and directed 1993's Poetic Justice, 1995's Higher Learning, 2000's Shaft and 2001's Baby Boy. He also directed 1997's Rosewood, 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious and 2005's Four Brothers.

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Yesterday, Singleton's friend and Shaft star Samuel L. Jackson remembered Singleton as a trailblazer who was always true to himself. Several prominent actors, including Taraji P. Henson and Ice Cube, who both made their cinematic debuts inย  Singleton productions and said that he played a pivotal role in their success as they eulogized their friend.

The legendary director Spike Lee, Singleton's friend and contemporary, said that the director's films would live on forever.

Several prominent younger directors, including Edgar Wright and Jordan Peele, called Singleton and his body of work inspirational and truly groundbreaking.

As filmmaker and former Netflix Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coke recalled, Singleton was also "a Jedi level geek," In the 1990s, Singleton even pitched a Wesley Snipes-starring Black Panther movie that ultimately never happened. Director a fellow self-avowed comic book fan Kevin Smith also reminisced about talking about comics with Singleton.

Several comic book icons, including Image Comics co-founders Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane discussed their shared love of comics and recalled the director's early support for their creator-owned comic book publisher.

Singleton is survived by his parents and his seven children. He was 51 years old.

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