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Wil Haygood: Colorization
In collaboration with Elliott Bay Book Company, we are delighted to host a 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.

Educator and media producer, Michelle Flowers-Taylor, Ed.D. joins Wil for an enlightening conversation followed by an audience Q&A.

To purchase your copy of Colorization, visit the EBBC website: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9780525656876

Dec 2, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Wil Haygood
WIL HAYGOOD is a former Boston Globe (where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Washington Post reporter. Haygood has received writing fellowships from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Alicia Patterson Foundations. His biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall have been widely acclaimed. Haygood also wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Butler: A Witness to History, which was adapted into an award-winning movie. Haygood is currently serving an appointment as Boadway Visiting Distinguished Scholar at his alma mater, Miami University, Ohio.
Michelle Flowers-Taylor
Michelle Flowers-Taylor, Ed.D., is an educator and media producer who has produced high-impact media and interactive educational game-based content for universities and the U.S. and U.K. military forces. Her work has garnered the U.S. Distance Learning Award for the Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainer, which is currently used to train military forces in over 20 countries around the world. Dr. Flowers-Taylor is currently working on producing a documentary on urban redevelopment in San Francisco and its impact on a once-vibrant African American community in the historic Fillmore district. The documentary follows the efforts that one dedicated community group is leading to reclaim and restore the economic vibrancy of its residents and neighbors.