Dream Hampton

Dream Hampton (stylized as dream hampton) is an American filmmaker, producer, and writer. Her work includes the 2019 Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which she executive produced, and the 2012 An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which she co-executive produced. She co-wrote Jay-Z's 2010 memoir, Decoded.

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hampton in 2018
Born1972 [1]
Alma materNew York University
  • Filmmaker
  • Writer
  • Producer
Known forSurviving R. Kelly (2019 documentary series)

Early life and educationEdit

Hampton was born in Detroit in 1972 and has said she was named after Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.[1][2][3] She stylizes her name as dream hampton as a nod to bell hooks.[1] She studied filmmaking at New York University.[1]


Hampton has written for Vibe, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, The Village Voice, Detroit News, and Spin.[4] She co-wrote Jay-Z's 2010 memoir, Decoded.[5][6]

As a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an advocacy group inspired by the "Message to the Grass Roots" speech, she co-organized Black August, a benefit concert for political prisoners.[7] Her concert film about it, Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert, debuted at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2010.[8] In 2013, she directed Treasure, a documentary about the 2011 killing of Shelley Hilliard, a 19-year-old transgender woman, in Detroit.[9] She made the short documentary We Demand Justice for Renisha Mcbride after organizing a protest over Mcbride's death.[10]

Hampton was executive producer of Surviving R. Kelly, a 2019 documentary series about the decades of sexual-abuse allegations against R. Kelly.[11] Page six reported that a Homeland Security agent had watched the series and started a federal investigation into the victims' allegations.[12] After its release, Kelly was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and other crimes for an eventual total of 18 federal charges.[12][13][14]

She has been a Visiting Artist with Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts and a Kresge Artist Fellow.[15][16]

Hampton serves on the board of advocacy group Color of Change.[17]


Her short film I am Ali was selected for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival[18] and won "Best Short Film" at the Newport Film Festival.[19]

In 2015 she received a Richard Nichols Luminary award and Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice Mapping a Detroit Story won "Best Documentary" at the BlackStar Film Festival.[20][21]

In 2019 hampton received a Ms. Foundation "Gloria" award and was named to the Time 100.[22][23] She and Brie Miranda Bryant and Tamra Simmons, who worked with her on Surviving R. Kelly, were named to Variety's 2019 Power Women New York list.[24]

Surviving R. Kelly received a Peabody Award.[25][26] It received an MTV Movie Award for "Best Documentary."[27] It received a Rockies Award for "Program of the Year" at the Banff World Media Festival.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

Hampton has a daughter.[3] When she was twelve she was a victim of attempted rape.[3]


  • Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime 2019), executive producer[22]
  • Burial of Kojo (Netflix 2019), co-executive producer[22]
  • Finding Justice (BET 2019), executive producer[29]
  • It's A Hard Truth Ain't It (HBO 2019), executive producer[30]
  • The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail (New York Times 2016)[31]
  • We Demand Justice for Renisha Mcbride[10]
  • Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice Mapping a Detroit Story (2015), executive producer[31][32]
  • The Russian Winter (2012), associate producer[33]
  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012), co-executive producer[22]
  • QueenS (2012 music video)[19]
  • Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert (2010), director[1]
  • Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life (2007), executive producer[1]
  • I Am Ali (2002), director[1]
  • Behind The Music: The Notorious B.I.G. (1997), associate producer[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Andrew J. Rausch, I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and Culture (Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2011), p 83 Archived October 15, 2020, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "D Original: Interview With dream hampton". The Starting Five. January 30, 2009. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Gross, Terry (February 20, 2019). "'Surviving R. Kelly' Producer Dream Hampton Takes On Ecosystem That Supported The Star". NPR. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "The guest list: Dream fresh" Archived October 15, 2020, at the Wayback Machine, Vibe, 1998 Dec–1999 Jan;6(10):44.
  5. ^ Andres Jauregui (May 18, 2015). "Jay-Z And Beyonce Bailed Out Ferguson And Baltimore Protesters, Dream Hampton Says". HuffPost. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "33 Women Music Critics You Need to Read". Flavorwire. May 16, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Ayan Islam, "dream hampton's 'Black August: A hip hop benefit concert' documentary DC screening Archived March 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine", The Smugger, November 19, 2010.
  8. ^ "Art + Revolution: Honoring Black August! Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", Lincoln Center website.
  9. ^ Morgan, Glennisha (June 21, 2013). "'Transparent' Documentary Highlights Shelley Hilliard's Murder". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Tiggett, Jai (June 8, 2015). "Social Justice at the Forefront of LA Film Fest's June 11 #BlackLifeBlackProtest Event". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on December 4, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Fortin, Jacey (January 4, 2019). "'Surviving R. Kelly' Documentary on Lifetime Details Sex Abuse Accusations". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on January 6, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "dream hampton Didn't Expect R. Kelly To Be Charged After 'Surviving R. Kelly'". Essence. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Singer R Kelly 'charged with sexual offences'". BBC. February 22, 2019. Archived from the original on February 23, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Miller, Julie. "The TV Documentaries With the Power to Change Culture". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "About Us – Institute for Diversity in the Arts". Stanford University. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Meet the Kresge Artist Fellows". Kresge Arts in Detroit. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  17. ^ Rao, Sonia (June 8, 2020). "TV shows shape how law enforcement is viewed. Where will they go from here?". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  18. ^ I Am Ali Archived March 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Sundance Institute Archives
  19. ^ a b Hairston, Gail (March 25, 2014). "Writer, Producer dream hampton Shares New Film | Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies". wrd.as.uky.edu. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  20. ^ "Join BlackStar Film Festival July 30 â€" Aug 2 in Philadelphia". Black Enterprise. July 24, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  21. ^ "2015 BlackStar Film Festival Announces Award Winners". Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  22. ^ a b c d "Ms. Foundation Honors dream hampton, Sana Amanat at Gloria Awards". Ms. Foundation for Women. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  23. ^ "The 100 Most Influential People of 2019". TIME. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  24. ^ "Variety's 2019 Power of Women New York Impact List". Variety. April 2, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  25. ^ "Surviving R. Kelly". www.peabodyawards.com. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  26. ^ ""For Sama", "Surviving R. Kelly" among 2020 Peabody Award-winning docs". Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  27. ^ Walsh, Savannah (June 17, 2019). "'Surviving R. Kelly' Won Best Documentary At The MTV Movie & TV Awards & The Twitter Reactions Show There Is A Lot Of Work To Do". Bustle. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  28. ^ "Sheffield Doc/Fest, Banff announce 2019 award winners". TBI Vision. June 12, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  29. ^ West Savali, Kirsten (March 10, 2019). "'Finding Justice' on BET: A Conversation with Executive Producer dream hampton". Essence. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  30. ^ "Dream Hampton to Executive Produce and Direct New Limited Documentary Series from Cineflix Productions". AP NEWS. June 1, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  31. ^ a b "An Interview With Legendary Writer and Activist dream hampton". Repeller. April 11, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  32. ^ Wilson, Brandon. "LAFF Review: dream hampton's Devastating 'Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice; Mapping a Detroit Story'". Shadow and Act. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  33. ^ "The Russian Winter | 2012 Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved October 15, 2020.