Netflix will produce series on Colin Kaepernick’s path to activism


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is becoming a member of with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a Netflix drama collection in regards to the teenage roots of the previous NFL participant’s activism.

“Colin in Black & White” will study Kaepernick’s highschool years to light up the experiences that formed his advocacy, Netflix mentioned Monday.

“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.”

Kaepernick, born to a white mom and Black father, was adopted in Wisconsin by a white couple who moved to California when he was a toddler.

In 2016, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback started kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality, drawing each assist and criticism, along with his detractors together with President Donald Trump. Kaepernick grew to become a free agent in 2017 however went unsigned.

Writing on the six-episode collection was accomplished in May, the streaming service mentioned. DuVernay, author Michael Starrbury and Kaepernick are the chief producers. Kaepernick will seem as himself because the restricted collection’ narrator, Netflix mentioned.

Further casting particulars and a launch date weren’t instantly introduced.

Kaepernick known as it an honor to collaborate with DuVernay, whose credit embrace the award-winning “When They See Us,” which dramatized the Central Park Five case, and the Oscar-nominated documentary “13th.”

“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,” DuVernay mentioned in an announcement. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience.”

Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season, filed a grievance in opposition to the league in 2017, contending groups colluded to maintain him out. The sides reached an undisclosed settlement in 2019.

The 32-year-old Kaepernick nonetheless needs a chance to play. A exercise in Atlanta final November that was organized by the NFL turned chaotic and resulted in no job affords.

In the aftermath of nationwide protests following the demise of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to gamers for not listening to them earlier and inspired them to protest peacefully. Goodell says he’s inspired groups to signal Kaepernick.

“This young man is talented enough to play in the National Football League,” league government Troy Vincent mentioned not too long ago.