Hollywood lost a great American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor when John Singleton passed away almost two years ago. Even if you don’t immediately recognize his name, you’ve probably heard of his “Boyz n the Hood” work from the ’90s. He touched many lives, including the life of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Danielle Moné Truitt who just took to Instagram to share an emotional tribute to her “big bro” on his Heavenly birthday.
You can see the photo she posted of the two of them here:
The “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star then penned the late director a heartfelt letter. It reads as follows:
“Happy Heavenly Birthday Big Bro @johnsingleton… I can’t help but still wish you were here in the physical. There’s so much I’d love to talk to you about and laugh with you about. Projects I’d love to work on with you. Nevertheless, I feel your guidance. I imagine your grin and that elbow shove you’d give me when I made you proud. You changed my life. You are beyond missed John, but I know you’re enjoying your eternal rest. It’s ghetto here anyway.”
The ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Remembers Their Projects Together
Before his passing, John Singleton actually earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his “Boyz n the Hood.” Singleton was actually the first African American and the youngest person ever to have been nominated for the award. He was only 24 at the time.
Singleton then went on to produce several major projects, including one that starred Danielle Moné Truitt.
“Rebel” was a crime drama that called the BET network its home. In the past, Danielle Moné Truitt spoke very highly about the role. In one interview, she revealed:
“As a black woman in entertainment and acting, there’s not a lot of roles for us. And sometimes with the roles, they’re not multi-layered. They don’t have depth. They don’t allow us to show different sides of our personalities as black women and different aspects of our talent as black artists,” she started.
“So I just feel like this role was like a dream. I get to do action, and kick butt,” she continued. “I get to be vulnerable and sexy. I get to be emotional and loving. There’s just so many different aspects to the character and a lot of that is explored as the series continues.”
Singleton echoed this sentiment in the past saying:
“We haven’t seen a heroic black woman [on television] in a very long time. And I just felt like, let me just try to make it real, but at the same time make it a heroic film character, but make it real. There’s a whole other thing to Rebel when you talk about what the experience of black women in America is.”