The "Boyz N the Hood" director died Monday at age 51, days after suffering a stroke. Singleton became the youngest best director Oscar nominee for the film. He was also nominated for writing its screenplay.
Singleton went on to direct numerous other films, including "Poetic Justice" and an installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, as well as several television episodes. The director has been praised by contemporaries for blazing a trail for black filmmakers.