At its heart, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ is a coming-of-age story — Ultimate Movie Year

Morris Chestnut (left) and Cuba Gooding Jr. debut with career-defining performances in 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood.” (Columbia Pictures/MovieStillsDB.com)

Singleton humanized the experiences of young blacks in America and made growing up in an urban environment as necessary and consequential in the telling of our nation’s history