On April 29, John Singleton, died at age 51. This morning (May 6), the family held a small, private ceremony in Los Angeles, a source close to the family told TMZ. Fans who wish to formally honor Singleton will have to wait until the public memorial on May 21.
Singleton was best known for his stare-into-the-eye-of-the-storm films “Boyz N the Hood” (1991), “Higher Learning” (1995) and “Rosewood” (1997). In 2016, he reunited with Cuba Gooding Jr., for FX’s Emmy-winning series “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” when he directed “The Race Card” episode, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. At the time of his death, Singleton was also an executive producer and a co-creator of FX’s 1980s crack cocaine epidemic series “Snowfall.”
Singleton made history in 1991 when he became the youngest—and first—Black person to be nominated for the Academy Award for directing for “Boyz N the Hood.”