Variety's 2019 Power of Women New York Impact List
'Finding Justice' On BET: A Conversation With Executive Producer Dream Hampton
'Surviving R. Kelly' docuseries followed by 20 percent surge sexual-assault hotline calls
"We often see the types of callers we get" follow a news cycle, the hotline network's head said. With the R. Kelly show, more people called "about childhood abuse."
dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of Chaos
And the price of being a critical woman of color.She was tight with Biggie and has the ear of some of today’s biggest musicians, but writer, filmmaker, and social justice activist dream hampton prefers to stay out of the limelight – if she can. Known as “your favorite rapper’s favorite writer,” hampton has become an influencer who doesn’t shy away from dialogue, both supporting the movements she cares about most while continuing to question them from within.
An Interview With Legendary Writer and Activist dream hampton
dream is a legendary writer, filmmaker, organizer and, in my opinion, one of the greatest and most humble celebrity-activist whisperers around. (Side note: I don’t just throw around the word legendary. See photos of dream with her close friend, the late Notorious B.I.G., for proof of just how long she’s been organizing, making art and pushing cultural influencers to do what’s right and grow creatively and politically.)
'Surviving R. Kelly' Documentary Details Decades Of Sexual Abuse Accusations
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with filmmaker dream hampton about her new six-part docuseries on Lifetime.
Black women led the charge against R. Kelly. They’re part of a long tradition.
"Surviving R. Kelly" Producer dream hampton's Next Project Is An HBO Documentary Directed By Incarcerated Men In A Maximum Security Prison
How R. Kelly Built an "Ecosystem Around his Predation"
For years in the music and entertainment industry, there’s been an open secret.
Everyone knows, but no one wants to talk about it.
"For nearly three decades R. Kelly has been preying on young and vulnerable women — black women mostly — and he has built an ecosystem around his predation," dream hampton told The Takeaway.
dream hamptonis a filmmaker, activist, and executive producer of the new docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly. It documents decades of alleged abuse by the R & B star, from charges of child pornography in the 90s, to current allegations of holding young black girls in a kind of sex cult. The series aired last week on Lifetime, and reveals details about his alleged crimesthrough dozens of interviews with people from Kelly’s life.
Friday, January 11, 2019: dream hampton, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and more
Filmmaker dream hampton, executive producer of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly
q This music panel with Tabassum Siddiqui and Lisa Christiansen
Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
The Producer dream hampton Talks with Jelani Cobb about “Surviving R. Kelly”
For decades, it’s been an open secret that R. Kelly has allegedly kept young women trapped in abusive relationships through psychological manipulation, fear, and intimidation. His domestic situation has been compared to a sex cult. He was acquitted of child-pornography charges even though a video that appears to show him with a fourteen-year-old girl was circulated around the country. It was described only as the “R. Kelly sex tape.” Why has it taken so long for the reckonings of the #MeToo movement to catch up to him? Lifetime just aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-part documentary by the producer dream hampton that airs the full breadth of the accusations against Kelly. (He continues to deny all charges of illegal behavior.) One young woman featured in the documentary left a relationship with Kelly, whom she met when she was a teen-age supporter outside the Chicago courtroom where he was being tried. “He was cruising eleventh graders on that trial,” hampton tells the New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb. “I mean, the hubris!”
‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Executive Producer and Detroiter dream hampton Joins Detroit Today
R&B singer R. Kelly was the king of his genre in the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Chicago singer was considered grimier or more authentic than most crooners — a smooth voice with a rapper’s sensibility of the streets.
The songs were unvarnished tales of love and sex, delivered in a polished package of coolness or realness.
After the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary, #MeToo Has Finally Returned to Black Girls
“I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women,” Chance the Rapper said in the final episode of Lifetime’s six-part documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired last week.
A few hours before the show, Chance wrote on Twitter: “Any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly stories, or ever believed he was being set up/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls.”
The Lonely, and Often Risky, Pursuit of R. Kelly: ‘Where Was Everybody Else?’
dream hampton profiled in the New York Times
“What Jim helped us to understand,” she said, “is that it was indeed a pattern, and that it is still happening.” Their respect is mutual. Praising the documentary’s visceral interview format, Mr. DeRogatis said, “What Dream Hampton did is introduce you to these women.”
— New York Times - January 29, 2019
In "Surviving R. Kelly", the Artist's Alleged Abuse and Music Are Undeniably Intertwined
Surviving R. Kelly premiere breaks Lifetime record with 1.9 million viewers
The buzzed-about R. Kelly docuseries is officially out in the world and already making an impact.
Surviving R. Kelly, which chronicles years of abuse and pedophilia claims against the R&B singer, broke ratings records for Lifetime when the first episode premiered on Jan. 3. The debut garnered 1.9 million total viewers, marking the network’s best performance in more than two years in all key demos.
Among adults 18-49, Nielsen Media Research counts 1.1 million tuned in. Among the 25-54 demographic, 1.2 million viewers watched. The total number also includes 837,000 women between the ages of 25 and 54, as well as 767,000 women between the ages of 18 and 49.
R. Kelly’s Victims Were Ignored for 30 Years. It Has ‘Everything to Do With the Fact That They Are Black Women.’
For nearly three decades R. Kelly’s alleged abuse of young Black women has gone largely ignored—by the legal system that has ruled in his favor; by the media that either sensationalized or diminished these allegations; by Kelly facilitators, who aided and abetted criminal and immoral behavior; and by the Black community which has protected this villain and devalued its girls.
Today, the Lifetime network will air the third chapter of Surviving R. Kelly, a docu-series that centers Kelly survivors and their journey from victimhood. The six-hour series aims to pivot the narrative around the sexual abuse experienced by Kelly’s wife and several of his victims, exposing just how methodical Kelly’s predation is.
A Surviving R. Kelly Screening Was Evacuated Due To Gun Threats, But These Women Aren't Backing Down
A New York screening of Lifetime's upcoming docuseries Surviving R. Kelly was evacuated Tuesday night after several anonymous threats were called in at the venue, according to CNN. A NYPD spokesperson told the network that one unknown caller warned that if the film continued to play, someone inside the theater would start shooting the attendees. "As a precaution, the network chose to evacuate the building. The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime," the network said in a statement obtained by Bustle. Bustle reached out to a representative of R. Kelly about the incident, but had yet to hear back at the time of publication.
TV Review: "Surviving R. Kelly"
dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of Chaos
And the price of being a critical woman of color. She was tight with Biggie and has the ear of some of today’s biggest musicians, but writer, filmmaker, and social justice activist dream hampton prefers to stay out of the limelight – if she can. Known as “your favorite rapper’s favorite writer,” hampton has become an influencer who doesn’t shy away from dialogue, both supporting the movements she cares about most while continuing to question them from within. In this name- and mic-dropping episode, hampton and the Politically Re-Active hosts talk about the promise and pitfalls of young activists today, the cost of being a critical woman of color on Twitter, and the power of celebrity involvement in political issues (remember when Jay Z rapped for Prop 47? That was all hampton.).
‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary on Lifetime Details Sex Abuse Accusations
For more than two decades, the R&B singer Robert Kelly, who performs as R. Kelly, has faced accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse.
This week, a six-part documentary on Lifetime is taking an expansive look at the allegations against Mr. Kelly, a chart-topping artist whose history has invited extra scrutiny in recent years.
The series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” includes testimony from several women who accuse the singer of abuse, as well as commentary from Mr. Kelly’s critics, including the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, and the singer John Legend.
R. Kelly Dropped by RCA Records After Documentary Furor
Surviving R. Kelly’: Accusers Share Stories in Harrowing Trailer for Docuseries
John Legend, R&B singer Sparkle, talk show host Wendy Williams, civil rights activist Tarana Burke participated in three-part Lifetime project
Complicit Police, Staged Rescues, and Other Revelations from the Final Night of Surviving R. Kelly
After six hours of footage spread out across three nights, Lifetime’s docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” reached its dramatic conclusion Saturday night with it’s final two episodes “All The Missing Girls” and “Black Girls Matter.”
Executive producer dream hampton warned us that these final two episodes would be the most powerful and they definitely gave us a lot to absorb and process.
Here’s what we learned during the final night:
As of 2011, he was still in contact with the underage girl from the infamous sex tape
Vision & Justice Online: dream hampton in Conversation with Geena Rocero
How has the death of a transgender African American teenager changed the debate around justice in the United States?
'Treasure' looks at life of Detroit transgender woman
In the film "Treasure," Brandie Brown describes seeing her sibling, Shelly, as a transgender woman. "She had a little black short hairstyle. She was dressed all in black. Nails long. She was looking good," says Brown, smiling at the memory.
Such love and acceptance seems in tune with what a current Entertainment Weekly banner headline describes as "America's Transformation."
dream hampton on Renisha McBride and 'Criminalizing Black Corpses'
'Surviving R. Kelly's' dream hampton: "There Are Women Who Aren't Afraid"
dream hampton told Noisey about the six-hour Lifetime docuseries, which is an uncomfortably close look at the sexual assault allegations that have surrounded the singer since the 90s.
'Black August': New film puts spotlight on 'political prisoners' in US
In this day and age, the thought of anyone being a political prisoner might seem antithetical and outside the realm of possibility in a country like the United States, which is supposed to value freedom and liberty. However, in the new documentary, Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert, noted hip-hop journalist and filmmaker Dream Hampton offers a look at black Americans who consider themselves to be political prisoners inside the U.S and political exiles in countries such as Cuba.
Jay-Z Deconstructs Himself
In the summer of 1978, when he was 9 years old and growing up in the Marcy housing projects in Brooklyn, Shawn Carter — a k a Jay-Z — saw a circle of people gathered around a kid named Slate, who was “rhyming, throwing out couplet after couplet like he was in a trance, for a crazy long time — 30 minutes straight off the top of his head, never losing the beat, riding the handclaps” of the folks around him, transformed “like the church ladies touched by the spirit.” Young Shawn felt gravity working on him, “like a planet pulled into orbit by a star”: he went home that night and started writing his own rhymes in a notebook and studying the dictionary.
Just Asking: Decoding Jay-Z
With music, clothing, advertising and other ventures already under his belt, rapper Jay-Z is about to release his first book.
"Decoded," co-written with Dream Hampton, looks at his life and the evolution of hip-hop culture through the lens of his lyrics. More than 30 of his songs, parsed and footnoted, frame the chapters on everything from his peers, including Notorious B.I.G., to the crack-dealing he left behind for music.
Brag Like That
In August appeared two albums that qualified as blockbusters by the meager measure of our era. That both were hip-hop was unsurprising—half the blockbusters these days are—and that the rappers involved were very prominent could hardly be a secret. But what struck me was a rarer confluence of events: a moment when commercial and critical anticipation ran parallel. Not only are Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne bestsellers of the first magnitude, they are also major artists-as-artists. In rock, only U2 and Radiohead enjoyed comparable status in the ’00s, and even they didn’t quite match up—artistically in U2’s case, commercially in Radiohead’s.
Left of Black with Dream Hampton and Elaine Richardson
Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Dream Hampton to talk about her writting and filmmaking. Later, Mark is joined by Elaine Richardson to talk about her upcoming conference and book.
“Criminalizing Black Corpses”: No Charges Filed After White Man Kills Detroit Teen Renisha McBride
Anger is growing in the Detroit area over the killing of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African-American woman who was shot dead by a white homeowner on his front porch. Her family says she died as she was seeking help after a car accident. The homeowner told police he believed McBride was trying to break into his home, but he claimed his gun accidentally fired at her. No charges have been filed. An autopsy revealed McBride was shot in the face by a shotgun, but not at close range. We are joined from Detroit by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; and by dream hampton, a writer, activist and filmmaker.
Hip-Hop Journalist and Culture Critic dream hampton
One of the great perks of living in and around Detroit is you find there are incredible innovators and pioneers living -- often unrecognized -- right here in the city. One of those pioneers is dream hampton. She has split her time between Detroit and New York, where she came of age with artists such as the Notorious BIG and Jay-Z. These days dream is primarily an activist, filmmaker and cultural critic. But she is perhaps best known for her work as a Hip-Hop writer and editor for magazines such as "The Source" and "Vibe," beginning in the early ‘90s. She made it possible for women to have a significant and credible voice in Hip-Hop journalism. WDET's Laura Weber-Davis sat down with dream to talk about how she, and her relationship with Hip-Hop, has evolved.
Jay Z Co-Signs Proposition 47 At 'OTR' Show
Jay Z brought political matters to center stage this weekend during his set at the Rose Bowl (Aug. 3). Before kicking off the fan favorite "Hard Knock Life", Hov exclaimed "Prop 47! California! Build more school, less prisons. More schools, less prisons!"
Prop 47, also known as the Safe Neighborhoods and School Act, aims to reduce the penalty for some non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors to result in shorter sentences. The initiative would allow for prisons to be less crowded and funding to be redirected into education, victim services, and mental health and drug treatment.
Chokwe Lumumba: From 'Radical' To 'Revolutionary'
Jackson Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba passed away this week. Host Michel Martin learns more about the civil rights attorney and the activists he mentored.
How California’s Prison Reform Law Will Fight Overincarceration of Women
Prop 47 offers relief to Californians punished for low-level, nonviolent crimes of poverty, which means it could be especially beneficial for women caught up in the criminal justice system.
Social Justice at the Forefront of LA Film Fest’s June 11 #BlackLifeBlackProtest Event
Thursday, June 11 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, #BlackLifeBlackProtest will showcase seven short films exploring issues of police violence, implicit bias, black identity and human rights, followed by a public dialogue on how content creation can be used as a tool for social change.
In anticipation of the event, I spoke with four of the filmmakers in the program about the social significance of their films. Included in the conversation were dream hampton, director of We Demand Justice for Renisha McBride; Pete Chatmon and Dorian Missick of Black Card; and James Lopez, producer of AmeriCAN.
'BLACK AUGUST' SCREENING DRAWS CHRIS ROCK, TALIB KWELI, MORE
VETERAN JOURNALIST DREAM HAMPTON SPOTLIGHTS BENEFIT CONCERT FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS.
NEW YORK — Chris Rock, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez's M-1 were among the attendees of veteran journalist Dream Hampton's screening Thursday night for her documentary "Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert."
Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album, Ready to Die, was released, Microphone Check gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.
The Most Stylish Music Videos Of 2012
Was 2012 the year that the music video format got its groove back? As artists released videos that were previewed with movie theater-style trailers (as well as releasing clips that were as long as mini documentary films), there seemed to be a thread of stylish creativity and fearlessness imagery that hasn't been seen since MTV's heyday in the 1980s. This year's crop of top directors worked with bold colors and trippy imagery that referenced high art and high fashion labels, pop cultural favorites and beautiful locales in order to create these standout videos.
Remembering Biggie Smalls And 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later
Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.