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From Janet Jackson, To Ice Cube.. Celebrities Remember John Singleton

The pioneer filmmaker impacted many careers with his work.

April 30, 2019

Once the news broke that John Singleton had passed away at the age of 51, the famed filmmaker was honored by many in the entertainment world.

We all grew up watching Singleton's work. Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hustle and Flow, and the Oscar nominated classic Boyz In The Hood, are just some of the pieces of his legacy. Singleton took it upon himself to introduce Hollywood to whole new world, and for that many of our favorite Hip Hop artists and actors got a chance to shine in a different light. 

Ice Cube who starred in Boyz In The Hood paid tribute to the writer and director by saying: “There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world.”

Janet Jackson also took to the digital world to express her gratitude to Singleton, as she starred in Poetic Justice alongside Tupac

You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more. Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers. --

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Tyrese, Q-tip, Ludacris, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Common, Jordan Peele, and Regina King are some of the many that honored the filmmaker with kind words.

I honestly can’t even find the words right now. This one Hurts Bad. Signing off social media for while. ------------ @johnsingleton

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Seems like yesterday we just went big celebrating the big 50!!!!!!! On our minds and on our hearts........ Love you big bro!!!!!!! Infinity and beyond!!

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Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright--

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I met @johnsingleton as a recently graduated first time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process. He exuded many things that day... awareness, openness and above all-enthusiasm! Over the years he never lost or left any of that behind. He provided and possessed a clarity of vision that I appreciate from that day till this. He gave a voice and an opportunity to many. Count me in that grateful number.

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