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.