Ice Cube, Taraji P. Henson, Samuel L. Jackson Pay Tribute to John Singleton
The 'Boyz n the Hood' director died this week
Amongst those to publicly mourn Singleton are Ice Cube (whose debut film role was in Boyz n the Hood), Taraji P. Henson (whose debut film role was in 2001's Baby Boy) and Samuel L. Jackson (who starred in Shaft).
Plenty of others from across the film, TV, music, literary, sport and political world have also offered messages of condolence to Singleton, including Maya Angelou, Regina King, Halle Berry, Lebron James and more.
See some of the social media tributes to Singleton below.
As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke earlier this month, and was taken off life support yesterday.
I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes '90 pic.twitter.com/CaRKjZtjgB— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019
My heart is broken!!! I am at a loss for words. Can't stop crying. I WILL MISS YOU MY DEAR FRIEND JOHN SINGLETON!!! You gave me my first big break in #BabyBoy and again in #HustleandFlow you believed in me when Hollywood did not get me at all!!!Throughout my career when I needed advice it was YOU I called and you answered EACH AND EVERY TIME with sound advice. YOU NOTICED MY FUNNY AND COMEDIC TIMING LOOOONG BEFORE HOLLYWOOD CAUGHT ON and you named me Lucy (after Lucille Ball)!!! MY GOD!!! Up next for us was the Emmett Till story.................I am just broken!!! God bless your mom and your beautiful babies and family. Praying for ALL of our strength as we try and move on without you. MY GOD MY GOD!!! #RIHJohnSingleton 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 29, 2019
"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning." Maya Angelou. We celebrate #JohnSingleton's life and works he created by using the human voice and his vision to impact and challenge our human family. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/Xq4e7okYjJ— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) April 30, 2019
Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright💜
Today my heart breaks. #JohnSingleton was an innovator - he came to us with so much drive and clear creative vision in a time when people of color didn't have the visibility in cinema that we do today. He is and will always remain a beacon of light in our community, and today we celebrate the incredible legacy he left and the cultural contributions he has made. Rest well my friend, we've lost one of the good guys.❤️🙏🏽
John Singleton made sure to tell our stories on the big screen in an authentic way that only someone from where he's from could tell, all the while ensuring that our community benefitted. By doing so, he changed Hollywood forever, as well as South L.A.— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) April 30, 2019
We'll miss you, John. pic.twitter.com/AoRXDkQFru
John Singleton's passing is such a loss. At 51. Rosewood is a movie I felt, still feel in my marrow. He is so talented.— roxane gay (@rgay) April 30, 2019
Rest in power John Singleton. Thank you. You paved the way for so many careers behind and in front of the camera. Condolences to the Singleton family.🙏🏾— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) April 30, 2019
John Singleton looked me in the eye while the whole time I was looking up to him. Rip my brother.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) April 30, 2019
I'm shocked to hear that John Singleton is gone. I was so pleased that he asked me to sign for him to get into the Directors Guild. I was honored to do so. RIP John.— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 30, 2019
John Singleton put diverse stories of the African American experience on the big screen. He believed in us & saw our worth. Today, I wept for his family. My father also passed after being taken off of life support following a stroke. It's always hard, but it does get better.— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) April 30, 2019
Sending love to John Singleton's family. So much respect for him as a person and filmmaker.— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) April 30, 2019
Laying in bed, I'm confused my soul feels drained.. For the last 2 days I was in the presence of my HERO a man who literally changed my life and my families life forever.. Of ALL the people in the world he decided to believe in me?.. a young impressionable ghetto little black boy from Watts who had hopes and dreams praying everyday that God would figure out a way to get me out of the hood and see some shit... Like many of my nighas I grew up with I just didn't wanna end up in jail, or dead.. I woke up after crying myself to sleep with a heavy heart, Yesterday I took a shower and while standing there.. Just started balling crying I got out of the shower and went back to lay down and the tears wouldn't stop, I told my wife these exact words.. "Baby I know today is my last day in town and we made family plans but I need to get back to John and pray over him. I feel like tomorrow or next week might not be promised, I'm leaving to go back to London and I got this feeling deep in my chest, my heart is fluttering... And although I have complete faith in God and his miracles I feel like he might not be here when I get back". Without even blinking my wife said ok let's go. I went to see John and I as soon as I stepped off the elevator I was greeted and in the presence of SO much of John's history. So many beautiful and warm souls people who I've known and grew to love over the last 27 years of knowing John we all went into every emotion imaginable, we cried, we were there reminiscing, laughing and storytelling. One things for sure, every story that was told all went back to us all saying JOHN built a TRIBE, a fraternity of lifetime of friends, colleagues and loyalty. And we all echoed HE PUT US ON!! Everyone that was in that room yesterday has known John all the way back to his first movie Boyz In The Hood to now.. I think we all felt like we needed to spend as much time as we could cause Ive learned after losing Paul and countless others.. it's arrogant to think or believe that next seconds of life or next week is promised. I can't believe I'm write these words..... Rest in Love, Rest in Power Rest in Gods glory... Your Baby Boy aka Baby Brother aka Jody for life!!
John Singleton. Thank you for your brilliance, your vision, and for showing us that we can own our narratives and tell our own stories because our lens matters. This is a true loss for the culture. May love and light surround his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/9VGSTAMJ9n— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) April 30, 2019
Rest up John Singleton. We never met, but Remember The Time literally changed my life. Thank you so much. God Bless you— Chance The Rapper Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 29, 2019
RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) April 29, 2019