dream hampton

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dream hampton
Sandra Jackson-Dumont & Dream Hampton 01.jpg
Alma mater New York University
  • Filmmaker and Producer
  • Essayist
  • Editor of The Source
Website dreamhampton.com

dream hampton (stylized in lowercase letters, in emulation of feminist author bell hooks, who was an early influence) is a cultural critic[1] and filmmaker.[2]

Early life[edit]

hampton was born in Detroit, Michigan.


hampton moved between New York and Detroit for most of her professional career. Her father is African-American; her mother is European-American. She studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she filmed her then neighbor Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace for a documentary class. She has since been involved in a series of film projects. She was an associate producer of VH1's Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G. and co-producer of Bigger than Life, the first feature-length documentary on the rapper, directed by Peter Spier. Her short film "I am Ali" was an entry at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival[3] and won "Best Short Film" at Vanity Fair's Newport Film Festival. She was a co-executive producer of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012),[4] associate producer of The Russian Winter (2012),[5] director of the music video "QueenS" (2012) for SubPop artists TheeSatisfaction![6] "QueenS" was hampton's music video directorial debut.

hampton was the first female editor of The Source magazine. She also served as editor-in-chief of short-lived Los Angeles-based Rap Pages Magazine[7] and has been a contributor to Vibe for 15 years, beginning with its launch 1993,[8] The Village Voice,[9] and Spin.[10] Her essays have also been included in over 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.[11]

hampton collaborated with Jay-Z and served as a ghostwriter on his book Decoded.[12] She was also reportedly hired in 2009 by Sean Combs to work with him on his autobiography.[13]

hampton was a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and a sponsor of Black August, a yearly tribute concert benefiting political prisoners.[14] Her film about the event, Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert, debuted at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2010.[15]

Works and publications[edit]



  • "D'Angelo: Soul Man", Vibe Magazine, April 2000[17]
  • "Parable of the Writer: Octavia E. Butler, science fiction visionary, 1947–2006", The Village Voice[9]
  • "Dreaming America: Hip Hop Culture", Spin Magazine, November 1993.[10]


  • "Bad Boy", in The Vibe History of Hip Hop, Three Rivers Press[18]
  • "Born Alone, Die Alone", in Born to use mics: reading Nas's Illmatic By Michael Eric Dyson, Sohail Daulatzai[19]
  • "Audacity", in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Edited by Rebecca Walker, Soft Skull Press, February 1, 2012[20]



  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. ^ I Am Ali, Sundance Institute Archives
  4. ^ a b "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty".
  5. ^ "Dream Hampton", IMDb.
  6. ^ a b "Thee Satisfaction - 'Queens'". Vimeo.
  7. ^ IT'S THE MONEY NOT THE MUSIC A RAP GALLEY[permanent dead link], New York Daily News. April 4, 1997.
  8. ^ "VIBE Magazine December 2010/January 2011 Issue Hits Newsstands November 30th, EON: Enhanced Online News, November 29, 2010
  9. ^ a b of the Writer, The Village Voice, Tuesday, February 28, 2006.
  10. ^ a b Dreaming America: Hip Hop Culture, Spin Magazine, November 1993..
  11. ^ "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness" (review), Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011.
  12. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (November 23, 2010). "Jay-Z Deconstructs Himself". The New York Times. Books of the Times. 
  13. ^ Jayson Rodriguez, "'Notorious' Gets Seal Of Approval From Biggie Friend Dream Hampton". MTV News, January 16, 2009.
  14. ^ dream hampton’s ‘Black August: A Hip Hop Benefit Concert’ documentary DC screening by Ayan Islam. The Smuggler, Nov 19 2010.
  15. ^ Art + Revolution: Honoring Black August!, Lincoln Center
  16. ^ Decoded, Jay-Z, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6892-0
  17. ^ Vibe Magazine, April 2000.
  18. ^ The Vibe History of Hip Hop, 2010: Three Rivers Press, 432 pages, ISBN 0-609-80503-7
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ Staff (December 12, 2011). "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Edited by Rebecca Walker.", Publishers Weekly.
  21. ^ The Root Interview: dream hampton on Black August Archived December 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. by Lawrence C. Ross Jr. The Root, November 4, 2010
  22. ^ I Am Ali, 2002, IMDB
  23. ^ Jayson Rodriguez, "'Black August' Screening Draws Chris Rock, Talib Kweli, More", MTV News, August 27, 2010.
  24. ^ Wilson, Brandon. "LAFF Review: dream hampton's Devastating 'Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice; Mapping a Detroit Story'". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 

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