Director John Singleton’s daughter Justice – and former president Barack Obama – have paid tribute to her ‘hero’ father.
Justice, the eldest of Singleton’s seven children, called the maker of movies like Boyz n the Hood ‘pure love’ in a touching post to Instagram.
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“He told me to listen and not always talk, but I always talked anyway. I learned to listen through him. This man is my hero and I never told him my everything,” she wrote.
“I’ll share as much of his hopes and dreams. I’ll treat those the way he did, with fist bumps and laughter. I sincerely wish he had more time but what he did here — is everlasting and within me. I’ll always be Justice, his little face.”
Singleton’s family made the ‘agonising decision’ to turn off life support on Monday after the director suffered a massive stroke last week.
He was just 51.
President Barack Obama also paid tribute to Singleton, notably movie Boyz n the Hood, which made him the first – and youngest – African American Oscar nominee for Best Director.
“Condolences to the family of John Singleton,” he tweeted.
“His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.”
Condolences to the family of John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 30, 2019
Written from his own experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles, the movie gave both Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut their acting debuts.
Spike Lee also paid tribute to Singleton yesterday, as did the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Jordan Peele.
Singleton also made movies including Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious, the 2000 remake of Shaft and Four Brothers.
He is survived by his mother Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton, and his children, Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.