Poetic Justice: Filmmaking South Central Style by John SingletonIncludes a foreword by Spike Lee, the screenplay for the film Poetic Justice (starring Janet Jackson), poetry by Maya Angelou, and sixteen pages of photographs from the set
At twenty-four, John Singleton became the youngest filmmaker and only African American to ever be nominated for Best Director (and Best Screenplay) for Boyz N the Hood, his debut feature film. Only a year after receiving such sensational acclaim, Singleton returned to the Hood with Poetic Justice, a movie starring Janet Jackson and featuring the poetry of Maya Angelou.
In this vivid document of moviemaking, Premiere editor Veronica Chambers shadows Singleton from the early days of preproduction through the final editing, moving from the streets of South Central to Oakland to Big Sur and beyond. By recording the daily struggles and triumphs of the cast and crew, she captures the unique voice and vision of a singular American filmmaker.
In Boyz N the Hood, [John Singleton] was able to capture something very real, an element in black American life, maybe all of American life--the duality of our life, the ambiguity, the schizoid nature of our life. And that is that we are loving people who become destroyers; we are destructive people who become love. Quite often, we are portrayed as things with no redeeming qualities or Martin Luther Kings with no chicanery, no cruelty. John had the courage to give life to these falsehoods.--Maya Angelou
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The film starred Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, who were then two of the biggest stars in America. When Poetic Justice was released, Tupac had, months earlier, put out his breakout sophomore album, Strictly 4 My NIGGAZ, and a year earlier had taken over the film Juice from a supporting role, and making the coming-of-age drama his. Jackson had, just months earlier, released her fifth studio abum, janet , which debuted at 1. The two were massive celebrities at a career zenith and they were feeling themselves. John Singleton was too, fresh off the massive success and historic Academy Award nomination of Boyz N Tha Hood , a celebrity director who Black audiences expected a lot from. They thought the world of themselves and it radiated out. The screen is full of young Black people filled with self-esteem and highly positive self-image.
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Switch to the mobile version of this page. The Chicago Reader. Poetic Justice. Though it's not unlikable, John Singleton's second feature Boyz N the Hood was his first is an unholy mess in almost every respect. There's a line in the final credits saying that, for the purposes of copyright, Columbia Pictures is the author of this film, so maybe Columbia and not Singleton should be held accountable for the meandering and badly told if occasionally suggestive love story about a hairdresser-poet Janet Jackson and a postman Tupac Shakur from South Central LA who take a trip up to Oakland in a mail truck with another couple, bringing all their ghetto-bred problems with them.
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