Netflix has just announced a new show entitled Colin In Black & White, coming from filmmaker Ava DuVernay. This series will focus on Colin Kaepernick’s adolescent years from being an adopted black child in a white family.
This project will be directed by Michael Starrbury and Kaepernick will handle the narration duties.
The six-episode series, which was conceived in 2019 and recently completed writing in May, 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. The limited series reunites Starrbury and DuVernay who last worked together on Netflix’s acclaimed When They See Us, which received 16 Emmy Award Nominations, including a nomination for Outstanding Writing for the duo and was recently honored with a Peabody Award.
Colin Kaepernick spearheaded the much needed conversation about police brutality on black people through his courageous peaceful protest during his time in the NFL. As much as certain media outlets tried vilifying him, many now see how necessary and ahead of his time Colin was, especially with today’s climate.
“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.”Ava DuVernay
“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.”Colin Kaepernick