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After making a huge splash with his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), writer-director John Singleton was hailed as being a bright new talent and perhaps even the next Martin Scorsese. "Boyz" put Singleton on the map when he became both the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Full of promise and endless possibilities for his next feature, Singleton's next two films were "Poetic Justice" (1993) and "Higher Learning" (1995), both well-acted and critically praised. Hired for the first time for a studio film, he directed the racially charged "Rosewood" (1997), which also resonated with critics and audiences. Singleton drew a fine performance out of Samuel L. Jackson for the remake of "Shaft" (2000), before returning to South Central for the "Boyz" companion piece, "Baby Boy" (2001). He continued to make critically-acclaimed movies that also spoke to audiences.
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Became the first black director and the youngest filmmaker to receive Academy Award nomination for Best Direction
Wrote and directed first feature, "Boyz N the Hood"
Directed the Michael Jackson music video "Remember the Time"
Helmed second feature "Poetic Justice," starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur
Made a cameo as a firefighter in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
Signed two-year, first-look deal with Universal; disolved partnership after eight months in July 1996
Produced, wrote and directed the race-relations drama "Higher Learning"
Signed exclusive eighteen month development deal with Warner Bros. TV; co-created and directed pilot for proposed series "Crash"
Directed loose remake of "Shaft" with Samuel L Jackson in the title role
Helmed "Baby Boy,"a coming-of-age story of a 20-year-old street hustler with two children by two different women
Directed the sequel "2 Fast and 2 Furious"
Produced the indie film "Hustle & Flow," which centers on a pimp-hustler with a mid-life crisis who wants to rap
Directed Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese, Garrett Hedlund and André 3000 as brothers out to avenge their mother's murder in the drama "Four Brothers"
Produced the drama feature "Black Snake Moan," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci
Directed first feature film in six years, the action drama "Abduction"; starred Taylor Lautner
Created and helmed the series "Snowfall," about the cocaine epidemic of the mid 1980s