Out of Nowhere: Ice Cube is celebrating five months early historic film, ‘Boyz N The Hood,’ which was shown in theaters on July 12, 1991.
The film, was groundbreaking in its unflinching, which follows three friends as they grow up in South Central Los Angeles, highlights gang culture and parental issues in the hood.
30-years later, still holds a deep cultural relevance:
The 1991 Oscar nominated film Boyz n the Hood. Writer/director John Singleton’s portrayal of social problems in inner-city Los Angeles takes the form of a tale of three friends growing up together ‘in the ‘hood.’ Half-brothers Doughboy and Ricky Baker are foils for each other’s personality, presenting very different approaches to the adversity they face. Ricky is the ‘All-American’ athlete, looking to win a football scholarship to USC and seeks salvation through sports, while ‘Dough’ folds into the life and culture of violence, alcohol, and crime surrounding him in his environment. Both maintains a strong sense of pride and an iron clad code of honor. Between Doughboy and Ricky is Tre, whose father, ‘Furious’ Styles, teaches Tre to question the ‘choices’ that face him and to do what is right in his life.
Singleton’s Oscar nomination for Boyz n the Hood made him the first African American to ever receive the recognition. Boyz n the Hood is both a film that is evocative and real but is also an important contribution to the canon of American Cinema.