Antoine Haywood

Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania,, @cratebeats

Antoine Haywood is a Ph.D. Candidate and Penn Presidential Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Before Annenberg, Antoine spent 15 years facilitating community engagement programs for public access cable channels in Atlanta, GA, and Philadelphia, PA. His research broadly evaluates the relevance of community access television channel infrastructure in the digital age. Antoine’s auto-ethnographic dissertation explores the resonance of African American community participation in public access cable television. In addition to being a community media scholar and advocate, he is also a passionate filmmaker, guitar player, deejay, and vinyl record collector. Antoine proudly hails from Palm Beach County, Florida.

What’s Your Favorite Color: A Black Floridian’s Mixtape

What’s Your Favorite Color? is a multimodal autoethnographic project that analyzes memories of my identity formation and coming-of-age experiences I had while growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida. I use popular culture references and material culture to make sense of an adolescent encounter that sparked a deep critical reflection on my lifeworld, family legacy, and African American identity.

Autoethnography Video (10 mins)

Spotify Playlist

Soundtrack and Referenced Music

“ABCD” – Pudge**

“A new piece for Sara” – Smarques

“Check the Rhime” – A Tribe Called Quest*

“Freedom” – Paradoxhiphop

“Scuttle” – Nu Tiel Records**

“The Thrill is Gone” – B.B. King*

“Type” – Living Coloür*

*Songs referenced as cultural material that influenced my adolescent identity formation.

** Songs licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Special thanks to my family for contributing archival photos, my graduate cohort-mate Staci Jones for the voice-over assist, and Waldo Aguirre (Annenberg School for Communication) for archival video transfer.