dream hampton

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dream hampton (right) in conversation with Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Pop Conference at EMP Museum, 2013.

dream hampton (she writes her name in lower case letters, in emulation of feminist author bell hooks, who was an early influence) is a cultural critic,[1] and filmmaker.[2]

Life and career[edit]

dream hampton is a writer, award winning filmmaker, and organizer.

A 2014 Film/Theatre Kresge Fellow, hampton's film credits include: Director: "Treasure: From Tragedy to Transjustice, Mapping a Detroit Story"/ Director: “Black August (2010)”/ Director: “I AM ALI (2003)”/ Co-Executive Producer: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”/ Co-Producer: “BET Black Girls Rock (2010-2013)”/ Writer: “BET Honors Awards (2010-2013)”/ Associate Producer: “The Russian Winter (2012)”/ and Co-Producer: “Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G.” (1999, Emmy). She directed the music video “QueenS” for TheeSatisfaction which NPR named one of the most stylish music videos of 2012.

hampton has written about music, culture and politics since 1990. She was a contributor to Vibe Magazine for its first 15 years. Her articles have been published in The Village Voice, Spin, The Detroit News, Harper’s Bazaar, NPR, The Source, Essence, Life + Times, and Ebony. hampton's essays have also been included in more than a dozen anthologies, including “Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic”, 2009 (edited by Michael Eric Dyson) and “Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness”, 2012 (edited by Rebecca Walker). hampton collaborated with Jay-Z on the New York Times bestselling book, “Decoded”.

She is a consultant at MomsRising, and a board member for the National Civil Rights Organization Color of Change. hampton serves on the boards of Young Nation, Detroit Summer and Write A House, all in her hometown, Detroit, MI.

hampton is currently the 2015 Visiting Artist at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she teaches "From Moments to Movements" a course on 21st century activism, new media and new narratives.




  • "Justice for Renisha McBride: From No Arrest To A Guilty Verdict", Ebony/News & Views, 2014
  • "Love To Love You, Donna Summer", Life + Times, 2012
  • "Things I Lost In The Fire", Detroit Anthology: Belt Magazine, 2012
  • "Esperanza Spalding Took on Bieber, Now Takes On Jazz", Smithsonian Magazine, 2012
  • "Thank You Frank Ocean", Life + Times, 2012
  • "Reclining Nude", Life + Times, 2012
  • "Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts: Dust Track On A Road", Life + Times, 2012
  • "Whitney Elizabeth Houston 1963-2012", Ebony/Entertainment & Culture, 2012
  • "Rap's Delight: The Legacy of Sylvia Robinson", Life + Times, 2011
  • "It's Your World: Gil Scott Heron", Life + Times, 2011
  • "Lock My Body, Can't Trap My Mind: Mumia Abu Jamal", Life + Times, 2011
  • "D'Angelo: Soul Man", Vibe Magazine, April 2000[4]
  • "Parable of the Writer: Octavia E. Butler, science fiction visionary, 1947–2006", The Village Voice[5]
  • "Dreaming America: Hip Hop Culture", Spin Magazine, Nov 1993[6]


  • "Bad Boy", in The Vibe History of Hip Hop, Three Rivers Press[7]
  • "Born Alone, Die Alone", in Born to use mics: reading Nas's Illmatic By Michael Eric Dyson, Sohail Daulatzai[8]
  • "Audacity", in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Edited by Rebecca Walker (Soft Skull Press, February 1, 2012)[9]


  • "TheeSatisfaction, QueenS", Director, 2012. Music video for SubPop artists, ![10]
  • "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty", 2012, Co-Executive Producer[11]
  • "The Russian Winter", Associate Producer, 2012
  • "Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert", Director, 2010
  • "Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life", Executive Producer, 2007
  • "I Am Ali", Director, 2002
  • "Behind The Music: The Notorious B.I.G.", Associate Producer, 1997


  1. ^ Yo' mama's disfunktional!: fighting the culture wars in urban America by Robin D. G. Kelley. Beacon Press, 1998
  2. ^ Jurgensen, John. "Just Asking: Decoding Jay-Z". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Decoded, Jay-Z, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6892-0
  4. ^ Vibe Magazine, April 2000
  5. ^ of the Writer, The Village Voice, Tuesday, Feb 28 2006
  6. ^ Dreaming America: Hip Hop Culture, Spin Magazine, Nov 1993
  7. ^ The Vibe History of Hip Hop, 2010: Three Rivers Press, 432 pages, ISBN 0-609-80503-7
  8. ^ Born to use mics: reading Nas's Illmatic By Michael Eric Dyson, Sohail Daulatzai. Basic Civitas Books (December 29, 2009). ISBN 0-465-00211-0
  9. ^ Staff (December 12, 2011). "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Edited by Rebecca Walker.", Publishers Weekly.
  10. ^ http://vimeo.com/39716443
  11. ^ [1]

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