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'It All Started With Singleton's Work:' The Life And Legacy Of Filmmaker John Singleton08:21
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Filmmaker John Singleton, who made the movie "Boyz n the Hood," in Los Angeles in 1991. Singleton died Monday after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago. He was 51. (Bob Galbraith/AP)
Filmmaker John Singleton, who made the movie "Boyz n the Hood," in Los Angeles in 1991. Singleton died Monday after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago. He was 51. (Bob Galbraith/AP)

This week we remember filmmaker John Singleton — who died Monday at the age of 51 after complications from a stroke.

Singleton's movies and television gave voice to the black American experience like few, if none, had done before.

He became the youngest director and first black person nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Director, for his seminal 1991 film "Boyz n the Hood."

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Arielle Grayproducer with the ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team. She tweets @bonitafrobum.

This segment aired on May 3, 2019.

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