*If true, this certainly is an interesting plot twist!
It seems that director John Singleton is too broke to pay for the last semester of his son’s studies at the University of Southern California.
Maasai is majoring in screenwriting, just as his father did when he attended the university in the 90’s. Singleton stopped paying for his son’s education in the middle of the school year. He allegedly told Maasai to apply for financial aid or a scholarship, but then refused to sign off as a co-signer, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
Determined to finish school, Maasai, 21, set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money so he can graduate.
“With only one month before my final semester, my father has informed me that he won’t be helping me with tuition,” Maasai wrote on his fundraising page. “The timing of this information is such that I’m not able to apply for many financial aid options that would otherwise be available.”
“I’ve met with the financial aid office, and even with loans, I simply won’t be able to make up for the nearly $30,000 due this semester to cover the final 20 units that I need to graduate,” Maasai added, according to the Go Fund Me page. “Tuition is due in just three weeks.”
The source said that John’s claims of being broke are ridiculous and that he’s simply cutting back on his spending in order to support his lifestyle. Ironically, while Maasai struggles to stay at USC, Singleton is set to begin teaching the course “The Emergence Of Cultural Cinema” next semester at the university.
“I want people to donate so I can get out there and I can get down and dirty and focus on working,” Maasai said.