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dream hampton      

Cultural Critic, Filmmaker & Executive Producer of "Surviving R.Kelly"

dream hampton is an American cultural critic and filmmaker.

Hampton is a writer, filmmaker, cultural critic and hip-hop journalist. Originally from Detroit, she has spent most of her professional career between her hometown and New York. She is the first female editor of The Source magazine. She also served as editor-in-chief of short-lived Los Angeles-based Rap Pages Magazine and has been a contributor to Vibe for 15 years, beginning with its launch 1993, The Village Voice, and Spin. Her essays have also been included in over a dozen anthologies, including Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic, edited by Michael Eric Dyson, and Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, edited by Rebecca Walker. She was cited as one of the editors and writers of Jay-Z's Decoded. In addition, she also worked with him on The Black Book, which was never published. hampton was the associate producer of Behind the Music: The Notorious B.I.G., which featured footage from a previous documentary she filmed while in attendance at NYU. and co-producer of Bigger than Life, the first feature-length documentary on the rapper, directed by Peter Spier.

Aside from her numerous contributions with the field of hip-hop journalism, she has also produced and written several films. Known for being a social activist, she focuses many of her films on current events and issues primarily within the black community. Her short film I am Ali was an entry at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won "Best Short Film" at Vanity Fair's Newport Film Festival. She was a co-executive producer of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, associate producer of The Russian Winter, director of the music video "QueenS" for SubPop artists TheeSatisfaction! "QueenS" was hampton's music video directorial debut. In 2013, she directed TransParent, a documentary that targeted the 2011 Detroit killing of Shelley Hilliard, a 19-year-old transgender woman.

Hampton was also the creator of We Demand Justice for Ranisha Mcbride, a short documentary film following the protest for Mcbride, which hampton herself organized. Hampton was a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and a sponsor of Black August, a yearly tribute concert benefiting political prisoners. Her film about the event, Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert, debuted at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2010.

Hampton served as executive producer of Surviving R. Kelly, a 2019 documentary series about the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly.

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