Analysis Of Boyz N The Hood

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John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood is an American teen drama film released in 1991 that focuses on three black teens who live in the dangerous neighbourhood of Crenshaw, Los Angeles. The main characters Doughboy, his half-brother Ricky, and their friend Tre grow up together but meet drastically different fates as young adults. As Swanson (2011) points out, it is important to understand the tension within black communities in Los Angeles at the time of the film’s release; the Rodney King beating had taken place only months before and LA’s gang wars were reaching a peak. As a Los Angeles native, Singleton’s goal with the film was to alert people about the situation around them, as he said: “I couldn’t rhyme. I wasn’t a rapper. So I made this movie” (Swanson 2011). To reflect the environment as accurately as possible, the film was shot on the streets of South Los Angeles, so the crew was just as on edge as their characters would be; there were even threats of gun violence from local gang members. Throughout the film, common tragedies of a black community plagued with gangs are shown, such as violence, police brutality, poverty, and racism. Because of this, Boyz N the Hood initially appears to just be another typical film about the perils of black communities and a character’s mission to escape. However, it is seen through the main characters that Singleton places an importance on the role of fathers and the lack thereof within black families; this is still relevant today as

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