On April 28, 2019, the Black film community lost a light with the passing of director John Singleton.
The celebrated filmmaker died after he was taken off of life support following a stroke that left him in a coma. With the one-year anniversary of his passing just days away, Ice Cube took to social media to commemorate his dear friend’s legacy. The West Coast rap icon posted a throwback, black-and-white photo from their time together on the set of Singleton’s 1991 classic debut film, Boyz N Tha Hood.
Alongside Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Morris Chestnut were top-billed for the coming-of-age story set in Los Angeles’ notorious Crenshaw neighborhood.
It would be this film that cemented Singleton in cinema history at the 1992 Academy Awards as both the youngest person and the first African-American to ever be nominated for Best Director.
In the photo Cube shared, he’s seen sitting in the driver’s seat of a car with Gooding Jr. standing next to him while the late director appears to be relaying instructions.
“Rehearsing the Crenshaw scene for Boyz N Tha Hood,” Cube reminisced, seemingly referring to the movie’s iconic drive-by scene.
He continued, “John never told us that it would be real gun fire during the scene. All reactions were real. John was brilliant. I miss him.”
See the photo below:
(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)