While American Football isn’t my thing, all that falls by the wayside when you realise the stage and impact that Colin Kaepernick has had in recent years on becoming a political activist. He’s taken the conversation beyond sport, by which is using his image and leading important discussions that, in turn, has helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement, a cause that is long overdue.
This new 6-episode series, Colin in Black & White, is set to provide 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.
Coming to Netflix as a scripted limited series, Kaepernick has teamed up with the excellent filmmaker Ava DuVernay. The series will focus on his formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today. Michael Starrbury (who also worked on the powerful When They See Us) writes and serves as executive producer, alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick, the latter who will appear as himself as the narrator.
Ava had this to say:
“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.”
Kaepernick also commented:
“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 honour to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”