This Day in Film: “Boyz n the Hood”

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 9:30 am.

(Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Today marks the anniversary of the groundbreaking urban-drama Boyz n the Hood.  While Matty Rich’s Straight Out of Brooklyn was released only a month before and dealt with many of the same issues, Boyz n the Hood captured the nation.

Directed and written by John Singleton, the story was based in South Central, Los Angeles and dealt with themes of drug abuse, violence, Black masculinity and fatherhood. The powerhouse cast included Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Ice Cube. The movie was also a big break for a flock of new actors — Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Regina King and Cuba Gooding, Jr., who eventually won an Oscar for 1996’s Jerry Maguire.

Boyz N the Hood received two Oscar nominations — Best Director and Original Screenplay. Singleton was the youngest person to be nominated for Best Director and the first African-American.

What is your favorite moment from Boyz n the Hood?

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