Dream Hampton is an award-inning filmmaker, producer, and writer from Detroit. Her work includes the 2019 Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which she executive produced, and the 2012 An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which she co-executive produced. She co-wrote Jay-Z’s 2010 memoir, Decoded. In 2019, she was named one of TIME magazine’s Most Influential People. Hampton’s work provides a platform for issues related to racial and gender justice.
Detroit activist and impresario Cornelius Harris is the founder of Alter Ego Management and the label manager of Underground Resistance (UR), the legendary techno collective from Detroit. He has produced events in the city, across the country, and overseas, spotlighting artists from Detroit. With his support, the artists of UR have since 1990 promoted a fiercely independent, anti-corporate ethos that has transformed the music industry.
W. Kim Heron
With three decades of experience in journalism and broadcasting, W. Kim Heron’s career has earned him a place in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. In addition to working as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and as editor-in-chief at Detroit’s alternative weekly newspaper, Metro Times, he was the longtime host of a beloved jazz and international music program on WDET-FM Detroit Public Radio. Heron is the senior communications officer at The Kresge Foundation, where he provides strategic communications support to the foundation's Detroit Program.
Joan Kee is a writer and art historian based in Detroit. Her books include Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post Sixties America (University of California Press, 2019). She is currently working on two books; one is an exploration of Asian and Black artistic intersections and another is a short intellectual history of emojis. A contributing editor to Artforum and an editor-at-large for the Brooklyn Rail, her work has appeared in Afterimage, Hyperallergic, e-flux, Frieze, and various exhibition catalogues in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Kee was a Kresge Artist Fellow in 2019-2020.
Tyrone Williams, a former Detroiter, teaches literature and theory at
Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks
and six books of poetry: c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero
Project of the Century (2009), Adventures
of Pi (2011), Howell (2011), and As Iz (2018). A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile
Books in 2017. He and Jeanne Heuving edited the anthology, Inciting Poetics (2019).