Colin Kaepernick is joining with Ava DuVernay, an Emmy-winning filmmaker, for a Netflix drama series about the teenage roots of the former NFL footballer’s activism.
Netflix will soon produce a six-episode series on Football player Colin Kaepernick’s activism and early days.
The series will be titled as ‘Colin in Black & White‘ and written by Michael Starrbury.
The athlete will serve as an executive producer for the Netflix original and will also lend his voice to narrate the episodes that will take us back to his high school years.
According to the press release, the series will be “lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today.”
The series is set to lead fans into an introspective look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity.
Kaepernick said in the press release: “Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”
DuVernay also added, “With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally.”
“Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix,” the director said further.
Kaepernick had been subjected to criticism during his sixth and last season playing for San Francisco as he knelt during the national anthem as a show of protest against racism and police brutality.