Cuba Gooding Jr. Spent His Night Honoring the Late John Singleton by Singing at New York Night Spots

Cuba Gooding Jr. and John Singleton
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Cuba Gooding Jr. spent Tuesday night musically memorializing his late friend and “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton at a series of New York haunts.

Gooding was seen at West Village piano bar Marie’s Crisis — where, a spy told us, after the star sang “One Day More” from “Les Misérables,” “Cuba quieted the room and said, ‘That was me and John Singleton’s favorite song, so, can we please sing it one more time?’ ” The packed bar obliged.

Gooding then hit rooftop lounge PH-D at the Dream Downtown, where he was seen jumping into the DJ booth and sharing memories of Singleton before playing the Five Stairsteps song “O-o-h Child,” which featured prominently in their 1991 film.

Gooding told us when reached for comment: “I was able to sit with John and whisper in his ear that I loved him, and I thanked him for starting my career. Then I was able to pray with his family . . . They are strong.”

Singleton died on Monday at 51 after being taken off life support.

In mid-April, the director suffered a major stroke.

He was the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, as well as the youngest director nominee in Oscar history, for “Boyz N the Hood.”

SOURCE: Page Six – Mara Siegler