Monday, June 29, 2020

Netflix Gives Series Order to Limited Series 'Colin in Black & White' Focusing on Teen Years of Colin Kaepernick

Netflix has today given a series order to the original limited series Colin in Black & White centering on the formative high school years of activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The series will produce six episodes.

The series 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 as the activist he is today.

Kaepernick will executive produce the series and also serve as its narrator.

The series reunites two key auspices from the Emmy-winning series When They See Us - with Michael Starrbury writing and Ava DuVernay executive producing.

"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," added 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."

"We're proud to bring Colin's experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world," said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content, Netflix. "It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it's like to be Black in America."