John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood, originally released on July 12th, 1991, celebrated 30 years of being a movie that has been seen by young and old for decades. It became a tale of what 90’s culture would provide to the cinematic world. It stars a who’s who of Hollywood with Cuba Gooding Jr. Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, and Angela Bassett.What made the movie so impactful is that it was released four months after the infamous Rodney King beating incident with Los Angeles police officers. Less than a year later, L.A. exploded into one of the biggest riots ever in the country. For those who were unfamiliar to the trials and tribulations of blacks in the city in other parts of United States and the world, they got a thematic masterpiece into a world that was everyday life for many.

The hip-hop world was also impacted with the film because Ice Cube who was formerly of L.A. gangsta rap group, N.W.A., was a major character in the movie. During the time Ice Cube was in his prime dropping classic songs and made headlines for his battle with is own group. He definitely helped to bring attention to the film from hip hop culture

It was also a time when groundbreaking filmmakers of African-American descent were making their mark in the industry such as Spike Lee with “Jungle Fever” and “Malcolm X“. John Singleton became a household name with “Boyz N The Hood” by earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, making him not only the youngest nominee at the time but also the first Black man to receive the nod.

“Boyz N The Hood” loss to none other than the timeless classic The Silence Of The Lambs.  Singleton’s Best Director nomination showed a change by Hollywood in terms of paying attention to the stories in impoverished neighborhoods in the United States and the rising hip hop culture . The movie brought a new level of emotion and characteristics that would help catapult other films around the time with the same theme such as “Juice” that starred Tupac Shakur and Menace II Society with the future wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith in a unforgettable role.

Have you seen the classic film? If not take a look at what was groundbreaking at the time. If you have seen it, go down memory lane and see it again. Happy anniversary to Boyz N The Hood! Ice Cube paid tribute to his star making role for Hollywood on social media.

 

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