With rumors circulating about Colin Kaepernick potentially returning to the NFL, it seems that the former football player might be busy with a project of his own.
On Monday, Netflix announced a six-part series on Kaepernick’s adolescent life. Partnering with producer Ava DuVernay, the series, Colin in Black and White will set focus on the activist and former football players life though his high school years ¨lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today.¨
Kaepernick will start as a narrator for the series, as an actor portrays him as a youth for the scripted drama series about a Black child adopted by a white family.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a 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.”
He would grow up to play in the Super Bowl and realize you never stop fighting for your dreams.
She would grow up to tell stories that matter to millions.
— Netflix (@netflix) June 29, 2020
Emmy nominated writer, Michael Starrbury, served as the executive producer and wrote the series alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Starrbury and DuVernay worked together on the Netflix series “,” which told the story of the men once known as the Central Park Five who were wrongly convicted of a brutal rape and served time for a crime they did not commit.
The idea for the series was conceived in 2019 and the writing was wrapped up in May, as of now, there is no release date following the series.
With the recent killing of George Floyd which led the NFL to reassess its stance on player protests, with Commissioner Roger Goodell’s remarkable admission, “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all players to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe that black lives matter.”
Kaepernick, who spent six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers has not played in the NFL since 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.