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Black History Month 2020: Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Join us for a Sunday night installment in our Black History Month series as we screen 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.

Rating: R
Runtime 112 Minutes
Language: English
Format: Digital Print
This is a Capitol produced event

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