Janet Jackson's Touching Tribute to John Singleton

Claudine Varela
May 06, 2019
06:55 A.M.

Janet Jackson credits late director John Singleton for her first Oscar nomination in a touching tribute she pens on her Instagram. She also shares a series of throwback photos from their days working together.


Janet Jackson is grateful to the late filmmaker John Singleton as she mourns his death on social media. The powerhouse performer took to her Instagram to pen a touching tribute to her “Poetic Justice” director following news of his demise.



Jackson was only in her teens when Singleton tapped her for the lead role in the 1993 film, “Poetic Justice.” It was her first acting role which also earned the 52-year-old her first Oscar nomination. She starred opposite Tupac Shakur, Regina King, and Joe Torry.

“You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more."

In a touching post featuring throwback photos from their days doing the film, Jackson credited Singleton for his contributions not just to her career but to the Black community.

“You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more,” she wrote. “Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers.”


The seasoned performer ended her message by saying she would miss him and keep him and his family in her prayers.


“He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker,”


Singleton was only 51 when his family decided to cut his life support on April 29 following days of being in a coma after suffering a stroke. In the heels of his death, many artists paid tribute to the famous filmmaker who became the first African American director to be nominated for an Oscar for his 1991 debut film, “Boyz N’ The Hood.” Ice Cube, who starred in the movie credited Singleton for discovering him.

“He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker,” he tweeted. “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.”


Meanwhile, Oscar winner Regina King, who starred in both "Poetic Justice" and "Boyz N' The Hood" tweeted,

"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…"

Other stars who shared heartfelt messages include Ludacris, Samuel Jackson, Snoop Dogg, QTip, Angela Bassett, Jordan Peele, and Common.



Singleton’s death came days after another actor in his Oscar-nominated film passed away. Jessie Lawrence who portrayed the dirty cop in the movie died of natural causes on April 26. His son, Jace confirmed his death after discovering him lifeless in his home in Palmdale, California. Lawrence was 76.

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