John Singleton has lots to say about Hollywood studio executives, and he expressed his views previously in an op-ed piece for “The Hollywood Reporter” and again last week during an interview segment of “The Hollywood Masters” on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

“They ain’t letting the black people tell the stories,” said the Oscar-nominated director-writer whose film credits include Boyz N the Hood, Hustle & Flow, and Shaft.

While he isn’t explicitly saying no one else can direct or even tackle our stories, as Steven Spielberg successfully did for The Color Purple, Singleton is saying we need to be actively included in the process to make the story authentic.

“If you’re doing a story that has, that is African-American themed, you have to have black people on that could give you advice that are not insecure, that are not just there to show their damn face. That actually can challenge and say, listen maybe you should think about this, in the development process. That kind of thing,” he said.

Singleton points out that all of his movies – specifically Boyz N the Hood – weren’t written for all audiences; it was made for young, Black hip hop fans.

“When you try to make it homogenized, when you try to make it appeal to everybody, then you don’t have anything that’s special,” he said.

Read more of Singleton’s interview.

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  • Ivory

    Are blacks a culture of beggars?

    • vintage3000

      Are caucasians a race of culture vultures?

  • Jay

    I get where he’s coming from, but I can’t be too concerned with what white people do anymore(unless they are infringing on our rights–which they frequently do. I mean, last time I checked white people aren’t the least bit concerned about us. They do what’s best for them and we need to do what’s best for us. More of us need to make our own movies/TV shows and leave them to their own devices. We can include each other, we don’t need to be on their team.

  • ArabellaMichaela

    Man up! Why should they “let” you do anything. I’m sick of the begging mentality.

  • sweetli30

    Okay, maybe you people are projecting when it comes to the begging thing…..at what point did he ask for anything?

    Clearly many black filmmakers are no longer looking to Hollywood for favors when it comes to telling our stories. If you read Singleton’s entire op-ed, he firmly makes this point.

    The Butler, 12 Years, Fruitvale all came about OUTSIDE of the regular Hollywood machinations.

    He’s criticizing the lack of inclusiveness in the traditional Hollywood process in regards to the “black” films they put out and critiquing the resulting films which lose something because of this lack of diversity.

    He’s not begging anyone for anything.

    Do schools still teach reading comprehension and critical thinking? Because people seem to be jumping to conclusions without any evidence to support their statements…..