Not Just One of The Boyz: JOHN SINGLETON

Whoever takes the Oscar for Best Director, JOHN SINGLETON, the first black and the youngest person ever nominated, is already a winner

The Today show calls to schedule an interview. The White House phones about its invitation to dinner. Director Francis Ford Coppola's office rings to discuss a date for a visit to his Napa Valley ranch.

In the movie business, they say the calls you receive are a barometer of your importance. If so, it would probably be wise to declare a storm watch around John Singleton. What's keeping his phone line sizzling is the phenomenal success of his debut feature film, Boyz N the Hood. When it opened last July, Boyz's commercial survival seemed threatened by sporadic violence at theaters across...