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April 29, 2020

Nia Long, Akosua Busia and Ice Cube Remember John Singleton on His 1-Year Death Anniversary

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A year after he passed, the Black film community remember the legacy of the director, John Singleton.

Before he died in 2019, John Singleton made a name for himself as a film director in Hollywood. Several black actors and actresses recalled that legacy when they paid tribute to the late director via social media.

John Singleton attends FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration at Craft on September 16, 2017 in Century City, California | Photo: Getty Images

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One such stars, was Ghanaian actress, film director, and author, Akosua Busia, who uploaded a series of images of John as she remembered how she left Accra to be by the side of the director who died on her daughter's birthday.

Before his death in April 2019, John managed to make history with his other movies, which include "Rosewood," the 2000's "Shaft" remake, and 2001's "Baby Boy."

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The next celebrity to pay tribute was singer-songwriter and actor, Tyrese Gibson, who also shared several photos of John with a heart-wrenching caption that read:

"My Mr Miyagi... The man who sat me down and poured into me and seen more in me than I seen in myself around acting and movies."

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Nia Long also took to Instagram to state that she was yet to come to terms with the fact that she lost her "dear friend, mentor, culture-changing artist, an icon." For his part, Ice Cube shared three tweets that highlighted his relationship with John.

While the first tweet came with a picture they snapped when they were in the South of France, the second one was to praise John for recognizing people's talents before they knew they even had it. 

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The third was a snap which they posed for in-between takes for the 1991 hit movie, "Boyz N Tha Hood."

Besides Ice Cube, Hollywood heavyweights like Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, and Angela Bassett were top-billed for the coming-of-age story, which was set in Los Angeles' infamous Crenshaw neighborhood, according to a BET report.

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Not only was the film a compelling debut, but it also earned John an Oscar nomination for best director, which was the first distinction for an African-American.

Unfortunately, the iconic filmmaker died after he was taken off of life support after he suffered a stroke that left him in a coma.

However, before his death in April 2019, John managed to make history with his other movies, which include "Rosewood," the 2000's "Shaft" remake, and 2001's "Baby Boy."

During his time making these movies, the 51-year-old built relationships with other black directors who also paid tribute to him, as reported by NY Times.

Directors such as Ernest Dickerson, Darnell Martin, Theodore Witcher, and Julie Dash were part of those who mourned his passing.

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