By: Kayla Reyes

Photo Credit: Lupita Nyong'o Instagram

Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and film director. Born in Mexico but raised in Kenya, Lupita attended college in the United States where she received her bachelor's degree in film and theater studies.

Lupita started off as a production assistant in Hollywood, but soon made her acting debut in the short film East River. She wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes early on in her career. In 2012, Lupita completed her masters degree in acting and soon after her graduation received her first feature film as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. She was commended on her performance and won several awards including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award!

Now, Lupita is most known for her roles in Black Panther, Star Wars and US. She also has recently written a book called Sulwe which will be released in October this year! She stated, “I wrote Sulwe to encourage children to love the skin they are in and see the beauty in radiates from within.”

Lupita Nyong’o has made history and is breaking down barriers for women of color in the film industry! We continue to wish Lupita success and will follow her on her career journey!

Updated: Mar 27, 2019

Next Jeneration photographer/videographer- Marin Hamataj

Are you an aspiring film expert? Do you have an interest in video, editing, photography or all three? If yes, this is for you:

As you know, Next Jeneration is all about inspiring the youth. We’ve reached out to our 'Next Jen film team,' to provide you with all the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to be success in filming.

Marin Hamataj is not only our photo and video guy, he also is a published photographer. Marin is based in New York City, and works as a photographer, videographer, and a creative director. His work focuses on fashion, print, and landscaping. He attended the New York Film Academy in 2012. It wasn’t until a few years later, in 2014, that Marin decided to pursue his passion in creative directing and film.

You can see Marin’s work in Cliché Magazine, as well as most of Next Jeneration/ Jen From BK projects.

Marin has provided you with all the tips on shooting in low light locations below!

TIPS on Right Camera Settings when shooting in Low Light Locations:

· Camera Mode: Aperture Priority.

· Aperture: f/5.6 (or the widest possible for your lens)

· ISO: 800.

· Shutter Speed (target): 1/160 sec.

· If you do have to use a flash, try to avoid the on-camera pop-up, it tends to flatten the appearance of the image due to the light hitting the subject directly, invest in an off- camera flash, and make sure to angel light so it is not directly in front of subject.

· Large Apertures let in more light

Updated: Oct 24, 2018

Girls Impact World Film Festival

Out of 55 countries, Next Jeneration, won 'Best Film Production' at the 2018 Girls Impact The World Film Festival in Texas.

In addition, they also placed Top 20 Overall from submissions around the world. Judges included women who work in the TV and Film industry.

Next Jeneration featured a film entitled "Who is JenBKLYN" in the festival, which ultimately led us to our win. During the film you can see our very own Jen, who is a media personality, take us through her childhood experience, and her navigating through such a big industry. She also shares with viewers how she made the decision to go against the grain and form her own company, Next Jeneration. The video was shoot and produced by our very own creative director, Roxanne Lim.

For more pictures from the festival, click the portfolio tab.

Check out the award winning documentary below.