Detroit Today: dream hampton talks hip-hop’s evolution, its misogyny problem + more

The Detroit native spoke to Stephen Henderson about hip-hop’s rise as a global cultural force.

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Detroit has produced many critically-acclaimed artists and creators — including filmmaker, writer and producer dream hampton.

In 2019, she was named TIME’s 100 Most Influential People; she received numerous awards for her documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” and she’s constantly looking for stories that are important to Americans but so often go untold.

hampton joined Detroit Today to discuss her short film, “Freshwater,” where she explores themes like water and memory in her hometown of Detroit. She also provides details on new projects she’s working on related to hip hop, a culture she’s been covering for decades.

She will be moderating an event on feminism and abolition on March 21 at 7 p.m. You can find a Zoom link for the event here.

Listen: Detroit’s dream hampton discusses her new short film, future projects


dream hampton is a filmmaker, activist and writer from Detroit. She says hip-hop has become a global phenomenon, resulting in less innovation for the genre.

“By the ’90s, the ubiquity of hip-hop is already happening, the global takeover is happening. Now it’s just a little neutered to me,” says hampton.

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