Obit John Singleton

FILE - This July 20, 2005 file photo shows John Singleton, left, a producer for the film "Hustle & Flow," with actress Regina King at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton has died at 51, according to statement from his family, Monday, April 29, 2019. He died Monday after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Much has been made about how John Singleton brought the issues gripping Black youth in South Central Los Angeles to mainstream audiences with his 1991 classic "Boyz N the Hood."

But the themes of that film, and his others about African Americans in Southern California, also resonated with other young people of color, from Native Americans living on isolated reservations to Latino communities in Texas and New Mexico.

The 51-year-old Singleton died Monday following a stroke earlier this month.

Native American attorney and writer Ruth Hopkins says the movie was her first exposure to the urban Black experience, and she was surprised how much she could relate to the issues of poverty, racism and police violence. — (AP)

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