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.