After being shunned by the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick is getting the recognition he’s long been wanting.
Netflix has announced a six-episode series based on Colin’s high school years which led to his activism. The series, Colin in Black & White, teams the ex-quarterback with executive producer Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury. Kaepernick will appear as narrator of the series.
According to the streaming service, the series “provides 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”
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” said Kaepernick in the release. “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.”
“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,” added DuVernay. “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.”
No word on when the series will be released on Netflix.