Unique Nicole/Getty ImagesBlack Hollywood’s finest are rallying around filmmaker John Singleton, following the latest report that he had slipped into a coma after suffering another major stroke on Wednesday.
Critically-acclaimed director Ava DuVernay asked fans to pray for Singleton, who she noted was a “lovely man.”
“Lifting my highest thoughts + prayers of intercession for John Singleton,” DuVernay tweeted. “His films helped form me. His kindness lifted me up. I remember him coming to the premiere of my indie years ago. Showing love/support for a fellow black director from L.A.. He is a lovely man. Pray with me.”
DuVernay’s fellow creative, Shonda Rhimes shared the same sentiment, adding her own special anecdote of how Singleton inspired her.
“There was a time when I was struggling to pay my bills in film school and not sure this town was for me,” Rhimes recalled. “And one day, not long after Boyz N The Hood exploded on the scene, my phone rang. It was John Singleton.”
She continued, “John did not know me at all. But someone at USC had told him I was talented and he was kindly calling to offer me some words of encouragement. He told me to keep writing. I never forgot it. Praying for him and for his family now.”
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