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Hood slang for neighborhood or black arealife Before 1991 this concept of hood life was never before portrayed or looked into until John Singleton produced the black social drama Boyz N the Hood This is the first film by a black director that actually goes deep inside the ghetto or inner city Singleton carefully directs this film so that it appears to mirror the real world having value as a kind of anthropological study of an unfamiliar way of life Thompson 2 Set in lower-middle-class predominately black south central Los Angeles a neighborhood where constant gunshots regularly interrupt study time and the sound of police helicopters flying above is a familiar tune Boyz N the Hood is basically the story of three teenage friends coming of age in black urban America It is their story of street life where friendship pain danger and love combine to form their harsh reality Unlike previous films Singleton addresses issues that relate more to the younger generation of that time Tre the main character is obviously the one who is on the right track toward adulthood He has a job plans to go to college and most important as writer-director Singleton sees it at any rate he lives with his father Tornquist 1 Brothers Doughboy and Ricky on the other hand live with their mother and are not good role models Doughboy drives a fancy car but doesnt appear to have a job and has been in and out of prison Ricky does a little better being a talented football player who hopes to go to USC on a scholarship but who is already a father while in High school at the age of seventeen Singleton also portrays issues dealing with premarital sex family crime single parent homes drugs and violence From this powerful drama several other films have mirrored its plot and themes Since
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