Wil Haygood with Michelle Flowers-Taylor
We are delighted to be collaborating with our friends at LANGSTON for this virtual appearance by acclaimed journalist, author, and scholar (presently a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Miami University of Ohio) Wil Haygood. He chronicles one hundred years of Black filmmaking in his extraordinary new book, Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World (Knopf).
“Starting in 1915 with D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation and spanning all the way to present-day Hollywood with sections on Black Panther and Jordan Peele, the book is an exhaustive look at the way cinema, race, and history have all changed, commingled, and adapted over the past 100 years. At once a film book, a history book, and a civil rights book, Haygood’s tome is a stunning achievement in every possible way: extensively researched, intricately detailed, beautifully written, and massively entertaining. Colorization is, without a doubt, not only the very best film book of 2021, but it is also one of the best books of the year in any genre. An absolutely essential read.” - Shondaland.
Wil Haygood’s other books include Tigerland, Showdown, In Black and White, and The Butler, which was made into a film directed by Lee Daniels.
Co-presented by LANGSTON & Elliott Bay Book Company.