Oscar® and Emmy® nominated director John Singleton exploded on to the scene with his first film Boyz n the Hood (1991), a tough, intelligent, plain-speaking look at friends in gang-ridden South Central LA. It earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, becoming the first African-American and the youngest filmmaker ever to do so. He directed 2 Fast 2 Furious starring Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris and Four Brothers starring Mark Wahlberg, Gibson and Andre ‘3000’ Benjamin. Baby Boy, a film he wrote, produced and directed starring Gibson, Ving Rhames, Snoop Dogg and newcomer Taraji P. Henson, received four NAACP Award nominations. Singleton wrote, produced and directed the remake of the 70’s classic Shaft starring Samuel Jackson for Paramount Pictures.
Before that, he wrote, produced and directed Higher Learning starring Omar Epps and Laurence Fishburne, and wrote, produced and directed Poetic Justice starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. He also produced and funded the independent film, Hustle and Flow, starring Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Anthony Anderson. The film went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006 for "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp."
In the past two years, Singleton has made a successful transition into the television arena, and was recently nominated for a 2016 Emmy award for his directorial work on the mega hit event series for FX entitled, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Singleton directed the controversial episode 5, “The Race Card” and received a 2016 Emmy nomination for Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. He entered 2017 with two series greenlit to air, Rebel, a female cop drama that premiered on BET in March 2017 to a successful first season, and L.A Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, his documentary for A&E which received an Emmy nomination.
In his spare time, Singleton is privately mentoring emerging filmmakers in areas such as story content (writing) and independent filmmaking. He is also on the Board of the Western Directors Council, Member of University of California SCA Alumni Development Council, and the Academy Film Scholars.