John Singleton‘s funeral took place on Monday and while the legendary director will be missed, he was remembered as someone who did a lot for those trying to break into the business.
Over the course of his 51 years of life and nearly 30 years as a Hollywood filmmaker, John Singleton created a remarkable legacy. The award-winning director, who died on April 29, forced generations of black people to reexamine how they viewed their own world and challenged non-black people to confront their biases and expand their perspectives on the black experience. This is exemplified by his most famous film “Boyz N the Hood,” which brought a humanity to black men in South Central Los Angeles at a critical time.
John Singleton‘s funeral was attended by his family and many of his closest friends in Hollywood. Media was not allowed inside the funeral, which lasted about two hours before Singleton’s casket was carried out.
A larger memorial service for Singleton will be held in the coming weeks.
As The Blast previously reported, Singleton‘s mother filed his will with the court last week and it names his eldest daughter Justice the beneficiary.
The legal document says his mom, Shelia Ward, should act as executor and that daughter Justice Singleton should inherit the estate. It was signed in 1993, back when the director had only one of his seven children.
Singleton’s six other children are expected to share in the estate because they were not specifically excluded and California law would have given them equal rights if no will existed. Singleton is survived by his mother, Sheila, and his seven children: daughters Justice, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Issis, and his sons Maasai and Seven.