Birth Name: John Singleton
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born on Jan. 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, Singleton was raised by his father, Danny, a real estate agent and financial planner, and his mother, Shella, a pharmaceutical sales representative; his parents never wed and later shared custody after he was born. Singleton discovered screenwriting while in high school and later attended the University of Southern California, where he studied film on a Black Alumni Association scholarship. He also won the Robert Riskin Writing Award and twice earned the Jack Nicholson Writing Award. Soon after graduating USC in 1990, Singleton made an assured debut as a writer and director with "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), a richly compelling coming-of-age tale about a youn...
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