Netflix has announced a 6-episode series on Colin Kaepernick’s high school years including what led him to become an activist which would later gain national attention in 2016.
Kaepernick will be the narrator in ‘Colin in Black & White,’ a scripted drama that will a look at his life as a Black child growing up in Northern California with a white adopted family. It will also cover the road to becoming both an NFL quarterback and civil rights activist.
He’s teaming up with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay known for “Selma,” “13th,” and the Netflix drama series “When They See Us.”
Kaepernick said he wanted to give a new perspective in a statement released by Netflix:
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.—
“We’re proud to bring Colin’s experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world. It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it’s like to be Black in America,” Cindy Holland, vice president of originals at Netflix told The Hollywood Reporter.
Scripts for the series were completed in May according to The New York Times.
Kaepernick was the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback in 2012, the last time they played in the Super Bowl. He started kneeling to protest racial disparity in 2016. He has not played in the NFL since.