‘Colin in Black & White’: Colin Kaepernick Adds to His Story With New Netflix Series 

‘Colin in Black & White’: Colin Kaepernick Adds to His Story With New Netflix Series 

October 29, 2021 0

If there’s one thing we can all say about Colin Kaepernick—it’s that he’s much more than an athlete. His new Netflix six-episode series, “Colin in Black & White,” gives us a glimpse into the life of teenage Kaepernick. The series takes place years before Kaepernick set off a frenzy of controversy by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against unarmed Black Americans in 2016. 

The show, co-created with Ava DuVernay of “When They See Us” and “13th,” explores the young athlete’s struggles with his identity as an athlete and biracial person and racism. The two creators decided it was vital to showcase how Kaepernick’s high school years shaped him and set him on his trajectory to becoming an influential activist, as well as a talented quarterback. 

Jaden Michael, Colin Kaepernick, Ava Duvernay / Courtesy of Netflix

While we look forward to Kaepernick’s debut as TV creator, let it be known that he is always busy aiming to make strides for BIPOC communities. His latest project, a children’s book called “I Color Myself Different,” is inspired by Kaepernick’s childhood growing up as the biracial adopted son of white parents. The story, which the athlete says is “deeply personal” to him, encourages young people to embrace their authentic selves and purpose. 

“I Color Myself Different” Colin Kaepernick (Author), Eric Wilkerson (Illustrator)

The picture book is the second title from Kaepernick’s company, Kaepernick Publishing, which the activist founded in 2019 to highlight a diverse, new generation of writers. “I Color Myself Different” is set to release in April 2022, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if another book release follows soon after. Between his publishing company and his non-profit Know Your Rights Camp, Kaepernick’s commitment to encouraging and mentoring the next generation of leaders is clear.

After being let go from the 49ers franchise in 2016, Kaepernick founded a multi-city youth program, Know Your Rights Camp, with a mission to advance civil rights through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization, and leadership. What started in Oakland, California, has since expanded to eight cities, including Amsterdam. Know Your Rights Camp has landed some significant sponsors over the years, too, including a recent partnership with the popular plant-based brand, Impossible Foods to support food security and social justice during the height of the pandemic. 

As Kaepernick steps into the role of narrator for “Colin in Black and White,” which premieres Friday, October 29th, and continues to carry on his social justice efforts off-screen, he proves—loud and clear—that he is more than an athlete. And with that, he shows Black and brown kids everywhere that they are more than what society deems them to be, too: “I want Black and brown communities, particularly youth, to know we will face racism, we will face white supremacy, we will face oppressive systems, but we have the power to overcome them and the power to change them,” he said to the Los Angeles Times. “I want them to know we don’t have to accept the status quo, and ultimately, I want them to be their full selves and to stand firmly in their full power.”

Jaden Michael plays a younger Colin Kaepernick / Courtesy of Netflix

You can learn more about Colin’s initiatives here

You can also learn more about Know Your Rights Camp here

Purchase “I Color Myself Different’ here

Reese Williams