In honour of Black History Month, we’re turning the spotlight on black creatives for this edition of Smoke Fan Club. Here are some of the incredible people making waves in their respective fields.
Writer, producer, director, and actress Issa Rae is best known for her HBO series Insecure but she first gained recognition as creator and star of the web series Awkward Black Girl. Rae understands the importance of representation both on- and off-screen; she has a diverse staff working on Insecure and supports implementing inclusive strategies across the industry.
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✨ Open now ✨Quiet tapestry is on show at 'In The Company Of' at @tjboulting curated by @thegreatwomenartists alongside works from Barbara Hepworth, Lee Miller, Alice Neel and more favourite female artists including @junocalypso @maisiecousins @julianacerqueiraleite @jessie_makinson @helena_pritchard_ @boosaville @shoplifter.us @antoniashowering @carolinewalkerartist Private view Thursday 4th October 6-9, open to everyone 🐚 show runs until November 17 🐚
London-based illustrator Charlotte Edey works across print, tapestries, and ceramics. Her work is surreal and feminine, exploring identity and utopia. Her work has been featured in Creative Review, It’s Nice That, Dazed and her clients include BBC News, Miu Miu, and Penguin Random House.
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Last year I had the pleasure of working with three amazing ladies to help bring their publication to life! So much love for these beautiful people for putting something out there that’s needed AND for given me complete creative freedom! . @plantainpapers is a independent bi-annual magazine which expresses stories and cultural experiences of the wider diaspora. From Ghana to Detroit each piece brings together lovers of plantain around the world. . Instagram has a 10 pic limit so if you wanna see more you’ll have to buy the mag 👉🏾👉🏾👉🏾link in the @plantainpapers bio . Editors / creators / make-it-happeners: @lemelp @tamikaka @tahirah__ Cover photo: @tickettonow Art Direction & Design by me 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛 . . #PlantainPapers #plantainlove #graphicdesign #publicationdesign #blackownedbussiness #plantain #collaboration #writing #photography
Kara-Jessica Mallett is a graphic designer with a knack for branding and editorial design. She’s art directed several publications including Smoke favourites Plantain Papers magazine and Signatures magazine.
The Golden Globe-winning actress and producer known for Girlfriends and Black-ish is one of the funniest women in Hollywood. She’s also a Time’s Up ambassador and is outspoken about the pressures on women to fit certain stereotypes.
Clara Amfo is a broadcaster on Radio 1. You can catch her presenting the 10-1 and Live Lounge slot and contributing to Elle magazine.
Bridget Minamore is a poet and writer who writes about race, class feminism, and pop culture. A regular speaker on the radio, she has been a repeat guest on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Her 2017 documentary Lines of Resistance on the poetic history of women of colour was a Radio Times pick of the week. In 2018, she co-founded Critics of Colour, a collective for UK-based people of colour that aims to make writing about theatre, dance, and opera more accessible.
Koby Adom is a film and TV writer/director who graduated from the London Film School in 2016. He’s worked with the likes of Robbie Gee and has had three short films selected for prestigious festivals such as the BFI London Film Festival and Africa International Film Festival. He’s currently working on his first feature film.
Ibrahim Kamara is the Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief of GUAP Magazine, a brilliant online platform launched in 2015 that aims to document young creative talent within music, fashion, the arts & business. The creative entrepreneur is also also a manager, songwriter, and filmmaker.