Chicks With Attitude
Dream Hampton (and no that’s not her stripper name, it’s the one her daddy gave her inspired by MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech) is a hip hop writer and filmmaker with rap’s biggest stars as her best friends. Responsible for penning the New York Time’s Bestseller Decoded and countless articles, she has emerged as the queen of music journalism.
“I was the first woman in the [Source] office before they got their receptionist, Stephanie, but I wasn’t the first female editor in chief at The Source,” (like it says on her Wikipedia page,” she adds, “some idiot keeps going back and rewriting my past.”
As a photo intern at the The Source, Dream realized her passion for writing when a copy of Easy E’s Hoes With Attitude arrived in the office. While the rest of her colleagues shunned the album, Hampton decided to take it on. “I took it and wrote the piece. You know, I overreached, throwing in bell hooks and things I’d read.” After that, Hampton started frequently writing one controversial piece after another. “My journalism school was the Village Voice,” Dream says recounting her first days in New York City as a film student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “I didn’t experience real editing and real writing because I was in film school.”
Despite falling in love with hip-hop as a youngster growing up in Detroit, Hampton doesn’t self identify as hip-hop. Sure she ran away at eleven, taking a downtown bus to catch a new group called Run DMC, but Hampton stresses her love for all music. “I also ran away at fifteen to go to a Cure concert. I was just passionate about music. I saw all these concerts. Depeche Mode, Run DMC, The Cure, De La Soul! All those groups before I was 17.” These days, the writer/filmmaker turns to Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Miles Davis when she’s in need of inspiration.
As a hip-hop insider Hampton is no stranger to questions about her relationships with Jay-z and the late Biggie Smalls. Smalls and Hampton shared a close friendship prior to his death. “We use to listen to music and talk on the phone for hours. “I talked to Big everyday from the day I met him ‘til the day he died. I was a talker and he let me talk! He was super quick and super smart, hilarious, fun.” Dream taught Biggie about Zora Neale Hurston and Ntozake Shange, he returned the favor by introducing her to “N***as For Life.” She invited him to film class and made him proof read her articles before she turned them in. To Dream, Biggie was the homie, her boy. To Biggie, Dream was big time since she worked at The Source. A testimony to their friendship, his daughter T’Yanna’s middle name is Dream.
Dream Hampton’s imprint on the world is much larger than her friendships with the hip-hop royalty. From best sellers like Decoded to the dozens of articles she’s written for a who’s who of publications, Dream continues to evolve. Lucky for us, she shares her story along the way.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"