Today marks the anniversary of the groundbreaking urban-drama Boyz n the Hood
. While Matty Rich
's Straight Out of Brooklyn
was released only a month before and dealt with many of the same issues, Boyz n the Hood
captured the nation.
Directed and written by John Singleton
, the story was based in South Central, Los Angeles and dealt with themes of drug abuse, violence, Black masculinity and fatherhood. The powerhouse cast included Angela Bassett
, Laurence Fishburne
and Ice Cube
. The movie was also a big break for a flock of new actors — Morris Chestnut
, Nia Long
, Regina King
and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
, who eventually won an Oscar for 1996's Jerry Maguire
Boyz N the Hood
received two Oscar nominations — Best Director and Original Screenplay. Singleton was the youngest person to be nominated for Best Director and the first African-American.
What is your favorite moment from Boyz n the Hood?