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Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Taraji P. Henson, and others react to John Singleton's death: "Rest in Power"

Terry Carter

 // Apr 30, 2019

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As the world said goodbye to John Singleton on Monday (April 29), several hip hop stars and celebrities paid tribute to the late filmmaker, thanking him for his countless contributions to the entertainment industry.

As previously reported, Singleton passed away after suffering a stroke earlier this month. The 51-year-old was reportedly non-responsive and on life-support before his family made the decision to take him off. The Oscar-nominated director, who was the first African-American and youngest ever to be nominated for the award, was best known for his films such as Baby Boy, Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers, Rosewood and many more.

Taraji P. Henson took to Instagram to pay tribute to Singleton, writing, "My heart is broken! I am at a loss for words. Can't stop crying." The "Empire" star pointed out that it was Singleton who helped launch her career with 2001's Baby Boy and 2005's Hustle & Flow. "You believed in me when Hollywood did not get me at all! Throughout my career when I needed advice it was YOU I called and you answered EACH AND EVERY TIME with sound advice," she continued.

Taraji also revealed Singleton had nicknamed her "Lucy" after the iconic actress and comedian Lucille Ball. "YOU NOTICED MY FUNNY AND COMEDIC TIMING LONG BEFORE HOLLYWOOD CAUGHT ON," she shared. "Up next for us was the Emmett Till story. I am just broken!" Henson ended her post sending her condolences to Singleton's mother and his children. "Praying for ALL of our strength as we try and move on without you," she wrote.

Tyrese, who starred alongside Henson in Baby Boy, shared a lengthy statement about Singleton of his own. "Of ALL the people in the world he decided to believe in me?" he wrote on Instagram. The actor and singer recalled visiting Singleton in the hospital with Henson shortly before his passing.

"We all went into every emotion imaginable," he stated. "We cried, we were there reminiscing, laughing and storytelling," he added. "One [thing's] for sure, every story that was told all went back to us all saying JOHN built a TRIBE, a fraternity of lifetime of friends, colleagues and loyalty. And we all echoed HE PUT US ON!"

Tyrese continued, "I can't believe I'm [writing] these words..... Rest in Love, Rest in Power Rest in Gods glory... Your Baby Boy aka Baby Brother aka Jody for life!!"

Other stars, including Spike Lee, Ice Cube, Chance the Rapper, Jordan Peele, Samuel L. Jackson, Janet Jackson, Regina King, and Juicy J also shared heartfelt tributes to the legendary director, screenwriter, and producer. Keep reading to see them all ahead.

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This is where it all started. The Genesis - The Genius - The Genre Maker/Star Maker (Taraji P. Henson, Ice Cube, Tyrese Gibson, Lawrence Fishburne, Regina King,Nia Long, Angela Basset, Cuba Gooding, Jr. - in no particular order as these are all great actors/actresses). John Singleton gave me a chance. When I left the audition for "Boyz N' The Hood" as he shook my hand, he gave me a stronger grip than normal and looked me in the eye. I felt he was basically giving me a signal that I had the job without telling me. From there, there was no comprehension of the massive chain of events that was about to follow. People from all over the world literally tell me how they’re affected by Boyz ‘N The Hood. The magnitude and world-wide impact that his ground-breaking film would have for society cannot be measured. Helping to bring awareness of what it takes to come to maturity as a black male in the 'Hood, or die trying... Helping to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced. Dealing with challenges and adversity in life and in general. From that lesson, for anyone who watches Boyz N’ The Hood, we are able to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Hopefully, we are able to grow, evolve and gain a deeper love and understanding of our humanity. John Singleton, thank you for your vision. Thank you for holding my hand a little stronger. Thank you for connecting with me and thank you for connecting me to history. Thank you for connecting and transcending generations, nationalities, nations, races, communities, societies. Thank you, John Singleton, for connecting us all. #RIP #JohnSingleton

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This is me & @johnsingleton on text in 2017 talking about doing a three six mafia biopic If this would had happened we would have won another Oscar for Best Picture @johnsingleton is a genius he knew the culture he helped us all , rappers actors actress producers & directors it didn’t matter if you where rich , broke , a celebrity, race or religion he gave everybody a chance I’ll never forget all the great times we had filming the movie hustle & flow in Memphis TN I’m soaking in tears right now this is heavy I just saw on tmz that John is gonna be taken off life support today I’m lost for words we was just texting a month ago about hanging with our family’s on your boat I didn’t wanna have to type this R.I.P. @johnsingleton I love you you will be missed but never forgotten prayers up for his family 🙏🏿

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My heart is broken!!! I am at a loss for words. Can’t stop crying. I WILL MISS YOU MY DEAR FRIEND JOHN SINGLETON!!! You gave me my first big break in #BabyBoy and again in #HustleandFlow you believed in me when Hollywood did not get me at all!!!Throughout my career when I needed advice it was YOU I called and you answered EACH AND EVERY TIME with sound advice. YOU NOTICED MY FUNNY AND COMEDIC TIMING LOOOONG BEFORE HOLLYWOOD CAUGHT ON and you named me Lucy (after Lucille Ball)!!! MY GOD!!! Up next for us was the Emmett Till story.................I am just broken!!! God bless your mom and your beautiful babies and family. Praying for ALL of our strength as we try and move on without you. MY GOD MY GOD!!! #RIHJohnSingleton 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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Laying in bed, I’m confused my soul feels drained.. For the last 2 days I was in the presence of my HERO a man who literally changed my life and my families life forever.. Of ALL the people in the world he decided to believe in me?.. a young impressionable ghetto little black boy from Watts who had hopes and dreams praying everyday that God would figure out a way to get me out of the hood and see some shit... Like many of my nighas I grew up with I just didn’t wanna end up in jail, or dead.. I woke up after crying myself to sleep with a heavy heart, Yesterday I took a shower and while standing there.. Just started balling crying I got out of the shower and went back to lay down and the tears wouldn’t stop, I told my wife these exact words.. “Baby I know today is my last day in town and we made family plans but I need to get back to John and pray over him. I feel like tomorrow or next week might not be promised, I’m leaving to go back to London and I got this feeling deep in my chest, my heart is fluttering... And although I have complete faith in God and his miracles I feel like he might not be here when I get back”. Without even blinking my wife said ok let’s go. I went to see John and I as soon as I stepped off the elevator I was greeted and in the presence of SO much of John’s history. So many beautiful and warm souls people who I’ve known and grew to love over the last 27 years of knowing John we all went into every emotion imaginable, we cried, we were there reminiscing, laughing and storytelling. One things for sure, every story that was told all went back to us all saying JOHN built a TRIBE, a fraternity of lifetime of friends, colleagues and loyalty. And we all echoed HE PUT US ON!! Everyone that was in that room yesterday has known John all the way back to his first movie Boyz In The Hood to now.. I think we all felt like we needed to spend as much time as we could cause Ive learned after losing Paul and countless others.. it’s arrogant to think or believe that next seconds of life or next week is promised. I can’t believe I’m write these words..... Rest in Love, Rest in Power Rest in Gods glory... Your Baby Boy aka Baby Brother aka Jody for life!!

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I really didnt want to believe I'd to have to write something like this about John. I am a believer of miracles. Alas...I met John when my older sister Kelly enrolled at USC in 1986 & quickly became friends with a group of fun loving, black, creative masterminds. They called themselves the "Black Pack" I was 13 then and in awe of how loud and proud they were. Each friend contributing a different vibe and talent. By the time I turned 18 they chaperoned (yeah right 🤗) my birthday party. When I transferred to UCLA they promised my family they would look out for me & they did. The entire time I've been in Hollywood I knew I had big brothers who had my back & that knowledge gave me wings. While they all accomplished so much, there was John breaking barrier after barrier making dreams into reality and never losing that loud and proud, by any means necessary mentality. Flash forward decades and I'd run into him in the islands or Miami and we'd laugh in awe and glee at how far we'd both come. I will forever be grateful to the Black Pack & John Singleton. You showed me exactly what we can do when we stick together. Love & Light to all his loved ones and fans. Hold onto one another, we are greater together. Rest in eternal peace 🙏🏾🙏🏾

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