John Singelton’s public celebration of life to be announced soon

John Singleton (Photo credit: Steed Media Service)

A public celebration of life for Oscar-nominated film director John Singleton will be announced soon.

According to TMZ, a private service will take place Monday, May 6, 2019, and a larger public service will be announced in the weeks to come.

On Singleton died on April 29 after suffering complications from a stroke. During his film career, Singelton created stories that provided a vivid depiction of Black life. Some of his standout films included Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy, and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

During a keynote speech at rolling out’s RIDECON 2017, Singelton talked to the audience about the importance of storytellers.

“Storytellers are the most powerful people. It’s already been reflected in our music from slave hymns, to rock ‘n’ roll, to the blues, to the late, great Dick Gregory,” he said. “Our storytellers have upheld us. It’s phenomenal that whatever we do is co-opted. Everything that I have ever done has been about defending our narrative. If we don’t defend our narrative, they co-opt it. That has happened throughout the course of our journey.”

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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