In 1992, John was a presenter at The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards.
In 1994, John was credited with 'special thanks' during the credits of Dumb and Dumber.
In 2005, John was nominated (along with fellow producer Stephanie Allain) for the Black Movie Award at the Black Movie Awards in the category of Outstanding Motion Picture for his co-production of the 2005 film Hustle & Flow.
In 1997, John was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for his direction of the 1997 film Rosewood.
In 2004, John was nominated for a Black Reel Award at the Black Reel Awards in the category of Film: Best Director for his work on the 2003 film 2 Fast 2 Furious.
At the age of 24, John became the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director (for Boys n the Hood), a record he still retains today.
In 1986, John graduated from Blair High School in Pasadena, California.
In 1991, John won the New Generation Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
In 2006, John was nominated for a Black Movie Award at the Black Movie Awards in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Directing for his direction of the 2005 film Four Brothers.
On June 22, 1999, John was sentenced to make a short film about domestic violence after pleading no contest to charges he assaulted the mother of his 6-year-old daughter. He was also placed on three years' probation, fined $300, and ordered to undergo a year of domestic violence counseling.
In Spring 2007, John taught an Advanced Directing Class at USC.
In 2002, John served as a mentor to the director of the short film sIDney.
In 1992, John directed the Michael Jackson music video "Remember the Time".
John once dated Tyra Banks.
John stands at 5'6" or 1.68 m.
In 2006, John won the Image Award at the Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie for his direction of the 2005 film Four Brothers.
In 1992, John was nominated for a WGA Award (Screen) Award at the Writers Guild of America, USA in the category of Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for his work on the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood.
In August, 2007, John was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian. He was not charged, and the police ruled the death as a "very, very unfortunate accident."
John is a comic book fan.
John has one child, a daughter named Hadar, born on April 3, 1997.