Jordan Peele, Ice Cube, Q-Tip & More Respond to the Death of John Singleton

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Jordan Peele, Nas, Chris Rock & More Respond to the Death of John Singleton


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“You changed a culture with your art… and impacted the world with your vision.”

Legendary filmmaker John Singleton died on Monday (April 29th.) On April 17th, Singleton had a stroke, which led to the director being in a coma for 12 days.

Singleton’s health wasn’t getting better; his family decided to take him off of life support.

READ: Legendary Filmmaker John Singleton Has Died at the Age of 51

Singleton was a legend. At 23, he wrote and directed Boyz N the Hood one of the greatest movies of all time. Singleton would get a Best Director and Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination, becoming the youngest person to ever get an Oscar nomination.

He would go on to have a versatile career, directing cult favorites like Poetic Justice and Higher Learning, as well as big box office hits, like The Fast and the Furious and Four Brothers. In modern days, he’s best known for being the showrunner on FX’ Snowfall. (He also directed Michael Jacksonโ€™s “Remember the Times” video.)

READ: John Singleton Recalls Telling Tupac to Quit Rap and Pivot to Acting

As soon as the news was confirmed, the entertainment community came out in full force to honor the director. Scroll down to see how Chris Rock, Chance The Rapper, Nas, and more responded to the death of John Singleton.

Larry Wilmore

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Spike Lee


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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 โ€œIโ€™m Going To Be A Filmmakerโ€, 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 Singletonโ€™s Films Will Live On Forever. Blessings And Prayers For His Family. May John Rest In Power. Amen.

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Chris Rock

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