Colin Kaepernick’s next move will not be the NFL, but rather Netflix.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has become the face of activism among professional athletes, is working with Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay on a six-episode scripted series titled “Colin in Black & White.”
The show will focus on Kaepernick’s high school life and his experiences as a Black kid adopted into a white family. Kaepernick is the executive producer and will narrate the series.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a press release, per Vanity Fair. “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.”
Kaepernick has been effectively blackballed from the NFL since he began protesting police brutality and social injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem.
“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 said. “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.”
DuVernay’s work includes the Netflix series “When They See Us,” a four-episode look into the infamous Central Park Five case – the story of five Black teenagers convicted of a rape and assault of a Central Park jogger that they did not commit, and were exonerated years later.
The writing for “Colin in Black & White” has been completed, but a release date remains unknown as the coronavirus pandemic has halted production of the series.