Colin Kaepernick buffs will soon learn far more about the activist and football player — thanks to a new six-episode scripted series revolved round his adolescent life. Netflix on Monday announced that celebrated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Kaepernick have created a restricted series, titled”Colin in Black & White.”
“The series will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight to the actions and experiences that led him to develop into the activist he is today,” the company said in a news release. The series aims to supply an”introspective look” in Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up within his White adoptive family and his road to becoming a gifted NFL quarterback while”defining his identity.”
Kaepernick will appear as himself in the show because of its narrator.
“Too frequently we see Black and race tales portrayed through a White lens,” Kaepernick stated in a statement. “We seek to offer new perspective to the differing realities that Black men and women face. We explore the racial conflicts I confronted as a adopted Black man in a White community, throughout my high school years. It is an honor to bring these tales to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”
Michael Starrbury, an Emmy nominated author, served as the executive producer and wrote to the show alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury and DuVernay worked together on the acclaimed Netflix series”When They See Us,” which told the story of the men once referred to as the Central Park Five — and today called the Exonerated Five.
“Together with his action of protest, Colin Kaepernick sparked a nationwide discussion about race and justice together with far-reaching implications for football, culture and for him, personally,” DuVernay said in the news release. “Colin’s story has much to say regarding identity, sports and the enduring spirit of demonstration and endurance.”
Kaepernick famously led kneeling protests throughout performances of their national anthem in 2016 to draw focus on police violence and racial correlation. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has not played for a football team since 2016 after he wasn’t signed by a team. He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, alleging he was not signed because of his protests. He later settled for an undisclosed amount.
Chris Brito contributed to this report.