dream hampton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Detroit. For two decades her essays and cultural criticism helped shape a generation and appeared in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Vibe and The Source. She collaborated with Shawn Jay-Z Carter to author his bestselling memoir Decoded (2010). Her most recent works include the award-winning short film Freshwater (Mountainfilm 2023, NYT OpDocs/PBS, 2023). Selected works include Treasure (Frameline, 2015), Finding Justice (BET, 2019), It’s A Hard Truth Ain’t It (HBO, 2019) and the Emmy-nominated Surviving R. Kelly (Netflix, 2019), which broke rating records and earned her a Peabody Award. In 2019, hampton was named one of TIME 100's most influential people in the world.