Dream Hampton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Detroit. Her most recent work, Surviving R. Kelly, broke record ratings with wide and far-reaching impact.
This week’s episode 34 of Real Black News features filmmaker dream hampton, executive producer of "Surviving R. Kelly," discussing her next 6-part documentary "Finding Justice, secondary trauma, and hip hop journalism. Journalist Ronda Racha Penrice joins “The Screen Grab” to discuss Bad Boys 3 and post-Oscar winner projects. Virginia’s Kerwyn Phillip discusses The Children’s Business Fair in Richmond. While former investment banker and CEO of Kids Who Bank, Jatali B, discusses investing in black communities overseas.
R. Kelly was charged on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims. In an interview recorded Wednesday, Feb. 13, activist, filmmaker and writer dream hampton tells Terry Gross about her six-part docuseries 'Surviving R. Kelly,' which chronicles sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 1960s live recordings featuring singer Jeanne Lee and pianist Ran Blake. Finally, former 'MythBusters' co-host Adam Savage spoke with 'Fresh Air' about working with kids in 'MythBusters Jr.' and a near-death experience he had in a car underwater.
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!” Cobb and hampton discuss the complicated dynamics of accusing R. Kelly. “It’s a deep shame black women have, handing over black men to this system we know to be unjust and that targets them,” she says. “At the same time, black women are black people, and we too are targeted . . . . Most sexual-violence survivors don’t find justice in this system, regardless of race.”   Update: After our program went to air, RCA Records dropped R. Kelly from its roster. 
Dream Hampton executive produced Surviving R. Kelly because she believes the best way to shed light on his predatory history is through visually documenting and explaining that history
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Detroit, MI, USA
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