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If Hip Hop were A Movie: Boyz n The Hood



Boyz in The Hood

What circumstances created Boyz n the Hood?

African American film producer John Singleton was born in Los Angeles, California, on January 6, 1968. Singleton grew up in black neighborhoods, going to majority-black schools until finally, he went to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. before graduating from USC in 1990. USC’s Film Writing program under Margaret Mehring was designed as a school-to-Hollywood pipeline that would send its scholars directly into Hollywood as prepared directors/writers Star Wars and Steven Spielberg were his strongest influences and inspirations. Oddly enough, both the director of Star Wars (George Lucas) and Steven Spielberg were married to African American women at the time. 

Why was Boyz n The Hood Important

Singleton fulfilled his childhood dream of wanting to see cinema that reflected him on the big screen. Complex African American characters who weren’t just heartless hapless societal rejects but characters with a reason, with a cause, rather than rebels without a cause as they are still so often portrayed in Hollywood. The star-studded cast Cuba Gooding Jr., Larry Fishburne, IceCube, Nia Long, and Morris Chestnut together tell a tale of love, hope, and tragedy common to the African American narrative in a 1990’s South Central Los Angeles. Mexicans and other ethnic groups native to “every ’hood USA” felt seen and heard by the movie and its characters as well. 

Why Boyz in the Hood is Representative of Hip Hop Culture

The movie won an NAACP Image Award for Oustanding Motion picture. One of the most inspirational parts of the film is when the Pro-Black character played by Laurence Fishburne (Jason “Furious” Styles) is when he taught his son, the youth, and the elderly at the corner of a city block what gentrification was and still is. 

Boyz n the Hood… For the Culture

The Boyz n the Hood movie soundtrack could have had any rapper at the time on it. Not because the movie is random, all-inclusive, or aimless, but because it embodies Hip Hop. Everything about the culture, its roots, and how it emerged was squeezed into these 2 hours. On April 28, at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles, California, Director John Singleton would suffer a fatal stroke. What he did with Boyz n the Hood he did again with Higher Learning, Baby Boy, Poetic Justice, Four Brothers, et. al.

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