The city of Los Angeles is slated to honor the memory of late filmmaker John Singleton. On Tuesday, Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. will declare May 21, 2019, “John Singleton Day.”
The announcement will take place at a celebration of the veteran director’s life at Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California, where Singleton studied film and graduated from the university’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1990.
In a statement obtained by EBONY, Wesson said, “There is not enough that can be said about John Singleton and the profound impact he made in his 51 years of life.”
Explaining Singleton’s impact on the film industry, Wesson added,”In a time and in an industry where all the odds were stacked against him, John overcame and became the best at his craft. And more than maybe anyone, he opened people’s eyes to a reality and an experience of South Los Angeles that had been overlooked by society. Now in Los Angeles this day is a time to celebrate John and his legacy. It’s far sooner than we should have to, but there is so much to celebrate.”
Honoring the director’s dedication to telling authentic Black stories, the statement continued, “Singleton’s work spanned genres and showcased his curiosity and creativity: the remake of Shaft, paying homage to his mentor, Gordon Parks; his historical adaptation of Rosewood and action film 2 Fast 2 Furious; to his return to films highlighting the life of men and the crisis in American masculinity like Baby Boy and Four Brothers. He also lent his talents to television on shows such as Billions, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Empire, and Snowfall, which he co-created and executive produced.”
Singleton sought medical treatment after experiencing pain in his legs on April 17. He suffered a massive stroke and was later placed on life support. His family announced their decision to take him off life support in a statement released April 29.
Jordan Peele, Spike Lee and others took to social media to mourn the loss of the trailblazing filmmaker.