Netflix will deal with the youth of Colin Kaepernick for its subsequent challenge: The streamer has ordered “Colin in Black & White,” a restricted series based mostly on the athlete and activist’s teenage years, TVLine has realized.
Spanning six episodes, the drama will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school expertise, “lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,” per the official description. The challenge will observe Kaepernick’s upbringing as a Black youngster rising up with a white adopted household, chronicling his journey to changing into an amazing quarterback whereas defining his identification.
Kaepernick will executive-produce and narrate the series, whereas Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury — who beforehand collaborated on Netflix’s “When They See Us” — are additionally on board as EPs.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick mentioned in an announcement. “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.”
Added DuVernay, “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.”
A former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick made headlines in 2016 when he selected to kneel through the nationwide anthem at NFL video games, as a kind of protest in opposition to systemic racism and police brutality. He left the 49ers after that soccer season concluded and stays a free agent.