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Colin Kaepernick & Ava Duvernay Are Releasing A 6-Episode NETFLIX Series - 'Colin In Black & White' - About Him Growing Up With White Adoptive Parents

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Colin Kaepernick might be "the man, the myth, the legend" of the wokest kind now, but before he set off a culture-shift in how we deal with race in America, he was finding his way as a biracial male in an all white family and environment. 

 

Deets inside on the powerful series he and Ava Duvernay are bringing to Netflix to show his journey.

The former 49ers QB will forever be known as the man who launched a ripple effect of forcing institutions to address racial disparities head on when he began kneeling during the National Anthem at football games.  Now, it's time we get to know the man behind all of this bravery, and how he got to this point of social conciousness.

Netflix just announced that the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award recipient is teaming up with Academy Award nominated director Ava Duvernay for a 6-episode series, called Colin in Black & White, taking us into the adolescent & teenaged life of all-star athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick. The streamer's press release explains the limited, scripted limited series further saying:

The series will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today. Emmy Award® Nominee Michael Starrbury writes and serves as executive producer, alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick who will appear as himself as narrator of the series.

The six-episode series, which was conceived in 2019 and recently completed writing in May, 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. The limited series reunites Starrbury and DuVernay who last worked together on Netflix’s acclaimed When They See Us, which received 16 Emmy Award® Nominations, including a nomination for Outstanding Writing for the duo and was recently honored with a Peabody Award®.

Ava & Colin gave their own takes about why this was necessary to create:

"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.”

Yes!

As for Colin's parents, pictured above, we can't imagine they wouldn't be 1000% on board with this inside look into their lives as well.  Back in 2016, his parents set the record straight about whether they were behind Colin and his decision to continue to kneel and protest:

“Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs,” Teresa and Rick Kaepernick wrote in a statement addressed to The Undefeated on Friday. “As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.”

 

The Undefeated also revealed more about why and how The Kaepernicks adopted Colin (pictured above & below with his sister and brother), and their journey to making sure Colin always knew who he was:

Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who are white, adopted Colin when he was only 5 weeks old. The couple had lost two sons at birth to congenital heart failure and were not eligible to adopt a white baby from a private adoption agency. Then came along a tiny biracial baby boy who had recently been given away by his 19-year-old white mother. Teresa called Colin her “perfect child.”

Four years later, the family (Rick and Teresa also have two other children) moved from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to Turlock, California, with the daunting task of raising a biracial boy in an all-white household in America.

From the beginning, the Kaepernicks reaffirmed to their youngest son that his different skin color was perfectly OK, and they never tried to make him white. They even drove him an hour out of town to get him cornrows when he was a teenager.

 

Meanwhile, the Know Your Rights Camp creator also just signed on as Medium's newest Board Member.
 

Colin is getting all the things, and it's about time.

Will you be watching Colin in Black & White?

 

Photos: DFree/Shutterstock.com, Colin's Instagram

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