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John Singleton was just 23 years old when he wrote and directed “Boyz n the Hood,” becoming the first African American — and the youngest person ever — to receive an Oscar nomination for best director.

The groundbreaking nature of that film, a deeply personal look at growing up in South Central L.A., is by itself an enduring legacy. Yet Singleton’s career highlights not only the significance of that movie, but the progress since and the work that Hollywood has left to do.

Like many who achieve early success, Singleton — who died Monday, at the age of 51 — is destined to be most closely identified with his debut accomplishment. Despite directing movies in different genres through the 1990s and 2000s, he eventually expressed frustration with the studio system, saying in a 2017 interview, “I could have done more movie
Singleton made that comment in discussing why he had funneled his efforts into television, a medium that — in its recent hunger for content — has become more conducive to showcasing diverse voices and the kind of intimate storytelling that “Boyz in the Hood” represented.
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