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John Daniel Singleton born January 6, 1968 was nominated as Best Director for Boyz in the Hood, becoming the first African American and youngest person to have ever been nominated for the award. A native of South Los Angeles, many of his early films included Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, and Shaft 2000. In 1997, his film Rosewood, a historical drama about racial violence, was entered into the 47th Berlin International Fewstival.

Happy Birthday John “Baby Boy” Singleton