Friday, June 10, 2016
It's Been Almost 25 Years Since BOYZ N THE HOOD
And you know what I'm going to say, damn, we're old. Seriously, where has the time gone?
Director John Singleton's drama, BOYZ N THE HOOD, a classic coming-of-age story about three young black men living in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, marked a time in Hollywood history when modern black characters were actually drawn as three-dimensional, many with college dreams, intelligence, and flaws. They were human, imagine that.
The movie, which opened in theaters on July 21, 1991, was really Black Lives Matter before it became a popular trending topic. And its key characters were played by three of the biggest stars in Hollywood to this day: Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, and Ice Cube (along with Laurence Fishburne, Regina King, Nia Long, and Angela Bassett in vital supporting roles).
Now, 25 years later, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and SVA Theatre will present the film on a big screen again on June 12, followed by what it sure to be an captivating conversation between Singleton and bestselling author Walter Mosley (who can certainly offer a few thoughts on writing compelling black male characters lifted from his popular Easy Rawlins series alone).
Purchase tickets for the screening and post-film discussion here.