Sonovah Hillman Jr., daughter of late rapper DMX, is looking to raise awareness about fentanyl and addiction by producing a four-part docuseries.
The 10-year-old came home from school one day and mentioned to her mother, also named Sonovah Hillman, that she was taking a 10-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program at school. She was heavily influenced by what she learned during the program.
Around the same time, she came across a TikTok video of Master P having a conversation with his daughter about her drug addiction. Her mother said it made Sonovah Jr. take a look at her father’s own addiction struggles.
Sonovah Jr. began watching interviews with her father, where he talked about addiction and rehab. DMX was very open about his battle with drugs throughout his career. Seeing the interviews made Sonovah Jr. want to visit a rehab facility, and her mother agreed to take her.
“I was kind of shocked,” Hillman told FOX23. ”She immediately started to talk to the people there and ask them questions about their experiences. The way they reacted to her was really, really beautiful.”
After leaving the facility, an old friend of DMX’s called Hillman, and when she explained where they were, he asked if she had filmed the experience. When she explained that she hadn’t, he encouraged her to start documenting.
Hillman asked Sonovah Jr. if she would be interested in filming the interactions, and she said she would. Now the two are crowdsourcing to film a four-part documentary.
“I want to talk to other kids whose parents have died of an overdose or are still currently using,” Sonovah Jr. says in a sizzle reel on Instagram. In addition to her father, who died of a drug-induced heart attack, she lost her aunt and uncle to fentanyl overdoses.
She adds, “I’m ready to have the conversation that some adults aren’t ready to have.”
Now, she aims to “educate, spread awareness, and save lives.” Sonovah Jr. started using the hashtag #fentanaw, and she and her mother created a GoFundMe to help produce the independent docuseries.
Hillman fully supports her daughter’s vision for the project.
“I think she just wants to get more information out there and maybe get some closure along the way and make sure the kids don’t feel left out or abandoned while they’re going through, dealing with parents and loved ones on drugs,” she said.