Jake Walker-Charles


The rise of the Y2K aesthetic

The phrase ‘Y2K aesthetic’ refers to all things 2000s nostalgia and, at present, it’s enjoying a bit of a renaissance, resonating in particular with young adults who grew up watching shows like Lizzie McGuire and The Powerpuff Girls on TV. Fashion brands have been quick to notice this trend and incorporate nods to it in…


Galleries in lockdown: visiting virtual exhibits

Coronavirus has certainly had a devastating impact on the art scenes worldwide, with galleries having to close their doors for months at a time. The world has had to quickly adapt, and one way that art can still be communicated is virtually. Many museums worldwide have online galleries which are free to view. They enable…


A Brief History of the Zelda Empire

The Legend of Zelda games have become something of a household staple. Zelda, having been around for over thirty-four years, is one of the most popular franchises in Nintendo’s history. Since its initial release in February 1986, Zelda videogames have reportedly sold over 125 million copies, across more than twenty-five games.  The games follow three…


A Brief History of the Super Mario Empire

Mario was created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who joined the Nintendo company at the age of twenty-four after graduating from university. Nintendo’s flagship character Mario first graced the screens of arcade machines back in 1981, starting off as a supporting character called ‘Jumpman’ in the game Donkey Kong.  ‘Jumpman’ was rebranded as Mario…


‘Western media should employ African reporters who understand their issues, and understand their countries’: Multi-Award Winning Journalist Gloria Aradi speaks on the state of international news coverage

Gloria Aradi is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan journalist. In 2020, she became a finalist in the prestigious Fetisov Journalism Awards in the category: “Contribution to Civil Rights”. She also won a MERCK Recognition Award in 2019 for her work in journalism.  The problems surrounding Western media coverage of international issues are widely known. When the…


Tracy Reese: female fashion pioneer

Tracy Reese is an African American designer who has had an incomparable influence on contemporary female fashion. Educated at the prestigious Parsons School of Design,  graduating in 1984, she soon began working for French fashion designer Martine Sitbon at the small firm, Arlequin. Reese went on to work in multiple notable fashion houses, including Perry…


SOPHIE: The legacy of the pop pioneer

On the 30th of January, the world lit up in tributes for the pop producer known mononymously as SOPHIE, who died after a tragic fall from a balcony while staying up to watch the full moon in Athens.  The artist is hailed as a visionary in pop music, famously playing an intrinsic role in the…


Leading U.K. journalists Lucy Knight and Helen Meriel Thomas discuss LGBTQ+ visibility in the British media

As a part of LGBTQ+ history month, Concrete hosted a panel discussion titled ‘LGBTQ+ voices in Journalism’, featuring prominent U.K. based journalists Lucy Knight and Helen Meriel Thomas.  Lucy Knight is a national award-winning journalist, who currently works as the Assistant Books Editor at The Sunday Times. In addition to her journalistic work, she has…

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