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Haygood's newest book, Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World, is an unprecedented history of Black cinema. He examines 100 years of Black movies---from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther--using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America. He traces how Black films reflect the history of Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America.
Haygood is the acclaimed author of Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America. He is perhaps best known for his article "A Butler Well Served by This Election," which appeared in the Washington Post in 2008, and was the basis for the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Haygood followed the article with a biography of White House butler Eugene Allen, The Butler: A Witness to History).
Pamela Williams produced multi-award nominated feature film Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The United States vs. Billie Holiday, for which Andra Day was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.