For most young people, getting slapped in the face by the harsh realities of adulthood is part of the college experience. Guess that's even true if your dad is a famous film director.
Maasai Mohandas Singleton, son of acclaimed director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood), recently launched a GoFundMe page to finance his education after it appears his dad cut him off. Maasai is a senior in the University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television program.
On the crowd-sourcing platform, Maasai explains that his dad recently told him that he would not be paying for his tuition despite the fact that he's a senior and has only 20 units left to graduate. "The timing of this information is such that I'm not able to apply for many financial aid options that would otherwise be available," Maasai explains.
"I've met with the financial aid office, and even with loans, I simply won't be able to make up for the nearly $30,000 due this semester to cover the final 20 units that I need to graduate. Tuition is due in just three weeks," he continued.
In an update for the page, Maasai writes that he was denied for a Sallie Mae student loan because he doesn’t have an established credit history of his own, meaning he had to apply without a co-signer. Dang, sounds like he really got cut off.
Clearly there's more going on here than just a tuition check. Hopefully this is just a show of tough love on Singleton's part and not a rift between father and son. In the meantime, if you want to support Maasai, you can do so here.
Watch a BET Exclusive interview with John Singleton about his own rough earlier days in Hollywood, below:
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