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.”
I think nothing just pure love when I think about my daddy. He told he spit me out of his own mouth I believed him. He asked who do I look like and I’d say Beyoncé but I knew I looked like him. I knew he had imperfections but he was the man I desired to have faith in forever. I have his chin his eyes his skin his heart sometimes his mind. He told was gonna I.be alright and I believe him. Even though I felt otherwise. 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. I couldn’t write without telling him the stories I was writing or wrote. We are made fun of each other, we comforted each other, we sloppy kissed, we choked each, i was his Bart Simpson. I called Him Homer and when we tickled each other I knew his body was mine. I know I am one of our 7 but I still feel like 1. One woman who doesn’t have her best friend, her half, her Film buddy, her dreamer, sailor, and overall life companion.. I know he had a lot of love and art to give many people and world, but I just want everyone to know that I’ll be I want provide what he can no longer. I am his vessel and he is my captain. 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.
A post shared by Justice Singleton (@darealpoeticjustice) on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:11pm PDT
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.
I Will Forever Miss My Brother John Singleton. We Met While He Was A Film Student At USC. Over Many Years People Have Told Me “I’m Going To Be A Filmmaker”, When John Said That To Me The 1st Time We Met, I Believed Him Right Away. It Was No Surprise. With His Passion, His Heart, The Way He Talked About His Love For Cinema And Black Folks I Could See John Would Make It Happen, And He Did. From Day One, We Have Remained Close Over The Decades, Cheering Each Other On In This Industry That Is Not Set Up For Us To Win. John Singleton’s Films Will Live On Forever. Blessings And Prayers For His Family. May John Rest In Power. Amen.
A post shared by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:50pm PDT
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.