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dream hampton is a writer, award winning filmmaker, and organizer. hampton’s articles and essays have been published in more than a dozen anthologies and in The Village Voice, The Detroit News, Spin, Essence, NPR and Harper’s Bazaar. She collaborated with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter on the 2010 New York Times bestseller, “Decoded”.

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" (2010-2015); Writer: "BET Honors Awards" (2010-2015); 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 is a board member of online civil rights organization Color of Change, Detroit’s Young Nation and Grace Lee Bogg’s youth arts collective Detroit Summer. She consults for, Drug Policy Alliance and JusticeLA.

hampton was the 2015 Visiting Artist at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts where she taught "From Moments to Movements; New Media, New Narratives” a course on 21st century activism and organizing.



An Interview With Legendary Writer and Activist dream hampton 
The Call with Erica Williams Simon on Man Repeller (2017)

Vision & Justice Online: dream hampton in Conversation with Geena Rocero
aperture (2016)

dream hampton: We Have The Right To Sell Weed
The Root (2016)

dream hampton on Black Liberation in the Hour of Chaos
Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu (2016)

'Treasure' looks at life of Detroit transgender woman
Detroit Free Press (2015)

LAFF Review: dream hampton's Devastating 'Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice; Mapping a Detroit Story'
Indie Wire (2015)

Social Justice at the Forefront of LA Film Fest's June 11 #BlackLifeBlackProtest Event
Huffington Post (2015)

Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.
NPR (2015)

How California’s Prison Reform Law Will Fight Overincarceration of Women
The Nation (2014)

Chokwe Lumumba: From 'Radical' To 'Revolutionary'
NPR (2014)

Jay Z Joins Dream Hampton, Co-Signs Proposition 47 At 'On The Run' Show
Music Times (2014)

Remembering Biggie Smalls And 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later
NPR (2014)

Jay Z Co-Signs Proposition 47 At ‘OTR’ Show
VIBE (2014)

Hip-Hop Journalist and Culture Critic dream hampton
The Craig Fahle Show (2013)

"Criminalizing Black Corpses": No Charges Filed After White Man Kills Detroit Teen Renisha McBride
Democracy Now! (2013)

The Most Stylish Music Videos Of 2012
NPR (2012)

My American Dream Sounds Like The White Stripes
NPR (2012)

Left of Center with dream hampton and Elaine Richardson (VIDEO)
Left of Black with Mark Anthony Neal (2012)

“Brag Like That”
Barnes & Noble (2011)

“Just Asking: Decoding Jay-Z”    
Wall Street Journal (2010)

“Jay-Z Deconstructs Himself”
New York Times (2010)

‘Black August’ Screening Draws Chris Rock, Talib Kweli, More
MTV (2010)

'Black August': New film puts spotlight on 'political prisoners' in US
the Grio (2010)