All-star athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick‘s high school years will come to life in a new television series, Colin in Black and White, from Emmy Award-winning showrunner and filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
The six-episode limited series, produced by Netflix, will focus on Kaepernick’s formative adolescent years as a black teenager, shaping him into the civil rights leader who has protested police brutality both on and off the football field.
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Colin in Black and White was developed in 2019 and recently completed this past May. Emmy-nominated screenwriter Michael Starrbury, who worked with DuVernay on the acclaimed limited series When They See Us, is credited as a writer and executive producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick, who will himself appear as the narrator of the series.
“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.”
“Too often we see race and black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick added. “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.”
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