Netflix has released a short teaser for their upcoming new limited series based on Colin Kaepernick’s High School Years. The series, “Colin in Black & White”, has been created by Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay and will consist of 6 episodes which we now know will premiere on October 29th. The show will focus on Kaepernick’s high school years, “lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today”.
Kaepernick himself will narrate the series which looks at his 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. Kaepernick hit the headlines in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem as a silent protest against racial injustice in America.
“Colin in Black & White” arrives on October 29th and stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist; Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who appears as the present-day narrator of his own story, guiding viewers through a robust and colorfully presented array of historical and contemporary contextual moments. You don’t know Kaepernick until you know Colin
“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,” said 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.”
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” said Kaepernick. “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.”