Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
Wrote, directed, and produced cop drama "End of Watch"
Helmed crime thriller "Street Kings"
Made directorial debut with "Harsh Times," a drama set on the streets of South Central Los Angeles
Wrote screenplay for corrupt cop drama "Dark Blue"
Created a new draft of the screenplay for "S.W.A.T."
First penned script "Training Day" released, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua
Collaborated on the script for "The Fast and the Furious"
First produced screenplay, "U-571"
Scripted first screenplay "Training Day"; script earned him an agent and writing assignments
Met screenwriter Wesley Strick, who became his mentor
Honorably discharged; returned to Los Angeles
Dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy; became a sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine
Moved to South Central Los Angeles as a teenager
Spent two years serving in the U.S. Navy's Submarine Corps.