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Colin Kaepernick’s life story is coming to Netflix

Colin in Black & White.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 11, 2020

Many brands have changed following the death of George Floyd. Among those is Netflix who has added a Black Lives Matter genre to their offerings. The category is filled with movies and television shows about racial injustice and discrimination. Earlier last week, Netflix announced an upcoming series directed by Ava DuVernay to depict the life of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. 

Back story: Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem at a 2016 game to protest police brutality and racial inequality. This “rebellious act” caught wind in the entire nation. Many players adopted his stance and kneeled down with him. But in 2017, Donald Trump urged NFL owners to fight players who protested during the anthem. Colin ended up cancelling his contract with the 49ers, thinking he would get hired by another team and never was. 

The working title for the six-episode series is, Colin in Black & White. “Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lines,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “We seek to give new perspectives to the different 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 unknown when Netflix will release the film but the good news is the writing and production has been done since May.