Colin Kaepernick fans will shortly understand a great deal additional about the activist and football participant — many thanks to a new six-episode scripted collection centering close to his adolescent lifestyle. Netflix on Monday announced that renowned filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Kaepernick have produced a minimal sequence, titled “Colin in Black & White.”
“The sequence will target on Kaepernick’s formative substantial school many years, lending significant perception into the functions and activities that led him to turn into the activist he is nowadays,” the organization stated in a information launch. The present aims to deliver an “introspective seem” at Kaepernick’s early lifestyle as a Black little one developing up in his White adoptive household and his highway to becoming a proficient NFL quarterback when “defining his id.”
Kaepernick will seem as himself in the series as its narrator.
“Too usually we see race and Black tales portrayed via a White lens,” Kaepernick claimed in a assertion. “We search for to give new viewpoint to the differing realities that Black folks deal with. We investigate the racial conflicts I confronted as an adopted Black gentleman in a White neighborhood, for the duration of my superior college yrs. It really is an honor to bring these tales to life in collaboration with Ava for the earth to see.”
Netflix has not however launched a premiere day for the series, which was developed in 2019, the launch explained. Writing for the show recently done in May well.
Michael Starrbury, an Emmy nominated author, served as the govt producer and wrote for the collection together with DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury and DuVernay worked together on the acclaimed Netflix collection “When They See Us,” which informed the tale of the males at the time regarded as the Central Park Five — and now identified as the Exonerated Five.
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a countrywide conversation about race and justice with considerably-achieving penalties for soccer, tradition and for him, individually,” DuVernay stated in the information launch. “Colin’s story has significantly to say about identification, sporting activities and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience.”
Kaepernick famously led kneeling proteststhroughout performances of the national anthem in 2016 to deliver awareness to police violence and racial injustice. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has not played for a football crew due to the fact 2016 immediately after he was not signed by a staff. Hefiled a grievancefrom the NFL in 2017, alleging he was not signed owing to his protests. He afterwards settled for an undisclosed amount of money.
Chris Brito contributed to this report.