Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton.
Singleton named the film Poetic Justice because the main character, Justice, writes beautiful poems which she recites throughout the movie. The poems are in fact from Maya Angelou. Angelou also appears in the movie as one of three elderly sisters, May, June and April (called the "Calendar Sisters") that the characters meet at a road side family reunion. The Last Poets make an appearance toward the end of the film.
Poetic Justice reached #1 in the box office for one week; it made $11,728,455 its opening weekend. It grossed a total of $27,515,786.
Jackson received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with the Billboard Hot 100 number one song, "Again".