The problem I have with Singleton is he makes "black films." Films that try to make you feel sorry for black people, because of how the white man has oppressed him; films with unrealistic characters who act in unrealistic ways. And any film that fades in to a Stop sign after reeling off statistics on violence you know is going to be a horrible, pretentious one.
have u even seen boyz in the hood? i think ur missing the point, for the film is less about how the white community has oppressed the black ppl rather about how black ppl are oppressing themselves. it's about this civil war that takes place in the black ghettos. remember, in the movie all the harassment the blacks get from the police is from other black cops. one scene in particular, the white cop is more passive and the black cop is more aggressive towards them. i believe its the scene with larence fishburne after his house gets broken into, i forgot cuz i haven't seen the movie in a while.
and please explain to me how that stop sign fade-in is pretentious, a term that is so loosely thrown around on this board that it has lost all meaning whatsoever. maybe its not subtle, which i'm guessing is why u have a problem with it. who cares about being subtle though, sometimes a lack of subtlety can provide for a more powerful moment.