Barack Obama hails John Singleton for “opening the doors to filmmakers of colour”

RIP, John.

Former US President Barack Obama has hailed John Singleton’s talent after the trailblazing film director’s death earlier this week.

The acclaimed Oscar-nominated director, writer and producer suffered a stroke on April 17, and was subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His death was confirmed on Monday evening after his family decided to take him off life support.

While tributes flooded in from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Snoop Dogg and Chris Rock, Obama has now hailed Singleton’s talent after his Oscar winning debut Boyz N The Hood was hailed as a landmark moment for African American directors.

The film saw Singleton becoming the youngest person and the first African American to score a Best Director nomination at the Oscars back in 1992.

Obama wrote: “Condolences to the family of John Singleton.

“His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth.

“He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.”

Singleton followed up the film with other seminal movies including 1993’s Poetic Justice, 1995’s Higher Learning and 1997’s Rosewood. 

Confirming Singleton’s death, his family wrote earlier this week: “We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends.

““We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”