Barack Obama took to Twitter to pay tribute to John Singleton following the famed director’s tragic death this week.

Obama remembered Singleton’s breakout film, Boyz n the Hood, and the doors that he opened for other filmmakers of color.

He wrote,

“Condolences to the family of John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.”