Smoke Fan Club - November 2018


The year’s almost coming to a close but we’ve still got plenty of favourites to share in this month’s Smoke Fan Club!

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Greggs seems to be making a habit out of causing a stir at Christmas. This year they reversed the logo on one of its branches in Newcastle, meaning it reflects in Fenwick’s celebrated Christmas window displays across the street. Well played.

When they go low, SOME go lower

All of us are guilty of being a little bit petty sometimes but the incidents in Topic’s Petty Hall of Fame are on another level. Take a hilarious yet kind of sad journey through their top 60 pettiest feuds of all time.

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Low-tech Magazine have created a solar-powered website to cut down on energy use. The magazine is all about the potential of past technology and sustainability so they decided to practice what they preach. Being solar-powered means the website does go down from time to time during cloudy periods and there’s a battery percentage in the bottom corner to let users know how they’re doing. They’re based in Barcelona though, so it’s not the worst place in the world for a solar-powered site.


A cool piece of content about, well, other cool pieces of content. The Ringer’s list of the 100 best TV episodes of the century so far is not only a fun read but a great example of interactive web content. As you scroll down the list, a video player autoplays a clip from the episode you’re reading about so you can relive those iconic moments. Some of our favourites may not have made the list but we’re willing to forgive them.

Guardians’ Inferno

In honour of Stan Lee, we wanted to throwback to this video made alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Starring ‘Zardu Hasselfrau’ (Gamora’s mistaken name for David Hasselhoff), the video was made really just for the fun of it and it may have been one of the greatest things Stan Lee made a cameo in.


Smoke Fan Club - Black History Month Edition

Smoke Fan Club

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.

Issa Rae

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.

Charlotte Edey

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. 

Kara-Jessica Mallett

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.

Tracee Ellis Ross

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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

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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.

Cobbie Yates

Cobbie Yates is a stylist and sportswear fashion editor at Asos. His work has been in the likes of L’uomo Vogue, GQ, Tank,, and

Bridget Minamore


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


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.


Smoke Fan Club - September 2018


September’s almost up which means another round of Smoke Fan Club and you’ve only got a few days left to dance to that Earth, Wind & Fire song.


Teen Vogue’s September Issue was all about the new faces of fashion with a cover story featuring models with disabilities. Chelsea Warner, Mama Cax, and Jillian Mercado each graced a solo cover of the digital magazine and were profiled in a piece written by disabled activist Keah Brown. Representation in fashion still has a long way to go especially when it comes to people with disabilities but Teen Vogue is making steps in the right direction.

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Walk a mile in her shoes

A video of a demonstrators in Uganda has recently drawn attention after being shared by several journalists and celebrities. Protesting violence against women, several men took part in the march whilst carrying babies, pots, and firewood to put themselves in the shoes of women. A powerful way to make a stand against misogyny.

It’s cool to be Kindr

Grindr has launched a campaign to combat the discriminatory behaviour many of its users face on the app and in real life. The new initiative, called Kindr, includes a new set of stricter community guidelines and a video of users sharing their experiences and reminding us there’s a person on the other side of the screen. As Grindr put it: ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion. Their type. Their tastes. But nobody is entitled to tear someone else down because of their race, size, gender, HIV status, age, or – quite simply – being who they are.’

‘If you don’t speak out, things don’t change’

Online magazine Topic centres each issue around a different theme and this September’s is Labor Days (it’s an American publication). There are stories, photo essays, illustrations, and videos on a range of topics from visas and immigrants to night shifts and noodles. Among them is an interview with labour activist Dolores Huerta talking about her work accompanied by an animated piece directed by Hannah McNally. From putting a stop to cases of sexual harassment to making a note every time a sexist comment is made in a meeting and announced the number at the end, there’s a lot we can take from Huerta.


Smoke Fan Club - August 2018


Welcome back to our Fan Club! We’ve got plenty of favourites to share this month so grab a cuppa and settle in.


Fight Stereotypes

Photographer Conor Clinch takes on the world of Mixed Martial Arts in his recent project. Titled ‘FIGHTER’, Clinch goes behind the sport’s tough surface to explore some of the athlete’s vulnerabilities through a series of photos and short films, challenging ideas of masculinity and stereotypes of the men in the sport. The project is supported by CALM, a charity working to prevent male suicide in the UK.


Dialogue in the Dark

Taking place in multiple cities around the world, Dialogue in the Dark is an exhibition that gives you a chance to experience what it’s like living as a blind person. You’re taken into total darkness, guided by a blind person through a park, a city, and a cafe, learning how to cope with the unknown, use your other senses and rely on others. The project hopes to raise awareness of inclusion for people with disabilities and create a little bit more empathy in place of ignorance.


Updating Stories

The New York Public Library is bringing actual stories to Instagram stories. Starting with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the library is bringing classic tales to life with animation and illustrations. A smart way to appeal to a younger generation of readers and make the classics more accessible.








MQ, a mental health research charity, has been campaigning to raise awareness and their adverts definitely stand out. The black and white photos of celebrities yelling with captions like ‘it’s time to give a _____ about mental health in young people’ are impactful and attention grabbing. It’s a refreshing approach from a mental health charity, especially since the field is plagued by dubious head in hands, curled up in a corner imagery. To break stigma, mental health needs a fairer representation and MQ’s way of going about it is certainly in the right direction.


Oat the Goat

Oat the Goat is an interactive online storybook, and possibly the most charming thing on the internet, created as part of an anti-bullying initiative from New Zealand’s Ministry of Education. The story follows Oat as he journeys up a mountain and comes across some creatures being picked on by others. Kids (or adults) can choose which action Oat takes in response which affects the outcome of the story and teaches them about the consequences of their behaviour. As well as being a great lesson for kids (or adults), it’s beautifully animated and scored which makes the experience all the better.