Exclusives: Go behind the scenes of the premiere! (3/28/2013)
The Hollywood Black Film Festival was founded in 1998 by Tanya Kersey and has hosted talent such as John Singleton, Spike Lee and Forrest Whittaker. The festival takes place every fall in Los Angeles.
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John Singleton is not only well regarded for his directing skills but often writes the movies he makes. He wrote his first film, Boyz 'n the Hood, as well as Higher Learning, Poetic Justice and Baby Boy.
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John Singleton's gritty portrayal of life in Compton lead to a director nomination for Boyz n the Hood. At just 24 years old, he remains the youngest person and the first Black director to be nominated for directing.
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Rosewood starred Ving Rhames as Mann in John Singleton's tail of a Black town that was burned down by white racists. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Boyz N the Hood director celebrates his 45th birthday.
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