Entertainment Colin Kaepernick on the Impact of His Netflix Biopic Series, Acting and Whether He’d Return to the NFL

01:35  14 october  2021
01:35  14 october  2021 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

'Colin in Black & White' Netflix Series Dives into QB's Early Years

  'Colin in Black & White' Netflix Series Dives into QB's Early Years The scripted Netflix series titled 'Colin in Black & White' will be six episodes long and stars Jaden Michael as a young Colin Kaepernick. View the original article to see embedded media.Colin Kaepernick's Netflix series titled Colin in Black & White dropped its first trailer on Monday ahead of its Oct. 29 release. The scripted series, starring actor Jaden Michael as a young Kaepernick, is a six-episode drama that will chronicle the former quarterback's youth. "When we're young, we're told that the world is ours, that we should figure out our path and take our shot," Kaepernick said in the trailer.

The Netflix series " Colin in Black And White" is a look at Colin Kaepernick battling racism while growing up as the biracial son of white parents. And now comes his series that examines race, just as the NFL will be again examining race, years after the league banished him for protesting over issues of race. The series premiers on October 29 and stars an impressive Jaden Michael as the young Colin . It also features Kaepernick narrating parts of his own life, with scenes of him watching Michael portray him on the screen.

Colin Rand Kaepernick (/ˈkæpərnɪk/ KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is an American civil rights activist and former football quarterback.

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Colin Kaepernick discussed his upcoming Netflix scripted series and its appeal to different audiences, and if he still wants to play for an NFL team in an interview with Ebony released Wednesday.

As the cover star of the magazine’s November issue, Kaepernick spoke with The View’s Sunny Hostin as well as Aicha Sacko and Elsabet Franklin, two Lower Eastside Girls Club members who also graduated from Kaepernick’s nonprofit called Know Your Rights Camp. The organization works to support Black and Brown communities through youth-empowerment camps. The KYRC is one of the many projects he is working on, including his biopic series.

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At the beginning of the Netflix series “ Colin in Black and White,” a transformational, powerful and eye-opening look at Colin Kaepernick ’s teenage life that doubles as commentary on racism in America, there’s a scene that immediately knocks you off your feet. A group of Black football players are There’s no subtlety here. Kaepernick and co-creator Ava DuVernay are equating the combine process to the buying and selling of slaves. This will certainly cause some people’s heads to explode like a bursting star. But don’t let the opening fool you. Because the series “ Colin in Black and White” isn’t

Colin in Black & White 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. Start streaming these poignant and phenomenal films on Netflix to celebrate Asian creators' contributions to the cinematic arts.

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Speaking about his upcoming series Colin in Black & White, which he co-created with Ava DuVernay, the athlete and activist said he hopes audiences will be uniquely impacted by the show. He explained, “When you look at Black and Brown folks, especially Black and Brown youth, the message is staying true to yourself, believing in yourself, having confidence in your identity, and not letting anybody take that from you.”

He added, “I also think that as we look at broader society, part of what the show speaks to is how whiteness shows up…and how we engage with it…but also the pressures, the microaggressions, the racism, and what that shows up as. I hope it’s an opportunity for white people to be able to look at their actions…how they show up in society and how they are engaging with Black and Brown folks…and look at their own privilege and perspective and be able to take away from this what actions they can take to improve the dynamics and the oppressive nature of systems and positions of power and privilege that they have.”

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Kaepernick 's activism gained national attention in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to peacefully protest racial injustice and police brutality. He has not played in the NFL since. Kaepernick 's peaceful protests have returned to the spotlight in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in late May. Floyd, a black man, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. "With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football , culture and

Colin Kaepernick will be the subject of a six-part series produced by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, Netflix announced Monday. The series , " Colin in Black and White," will explore the quarterback's high school years, attempting to show the experiences and insights that led to his activism. Kaepernick will appear as a narrator, with an actor playing him as a youth in the scripted drama of a Black child adopted by a white family. "Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens," Kaepernick said in a release. "We seek to give new perspective to the differing

Colin in Black & White will focus on Kaepernick being adopted by a white family and his teenage years. “[O]ne of the pieces of being Black and being adopted into a white family [is that there] are conversations that I just couldn’t have or didn’t feel comfortable having,” he shared. “I wish I had a mentor to turn to in those moments to be able to have those conversations to help better navigate what I was facing.”

Kaepernick said acting in the series “felt like preparing for a game.” He further explained the comparison, saying, “Going through lines, going through the preparation, and then also being on set and having to have my lines ready, having to hit my marks, trying to bring out different emotions, different tones, different deliveries. [It] really felt natural to me. I just didn’t have to dodge any 300-pound lineman while doing it.”

He has not played for a NFL team since 2016 following his protest of state terrorism and white supremacy by taking a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each game. Despite the show, his non-profit, and his company Kaepernick Publishing, Kaepernick revealed that he is ready to play in the NFL again.

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Colin Kaepernick DENIES telling a sports reporter that he would stand during the national anthem if he was given a chance to play in the NFL again. NFL reporter Jason La Canfora first made statement about Kaepernick saying he would stand during a CBS interview on Sunday. Hours after appearing on TV, La Canfora then walked back his statement and said he can't say whether it is true or not. Kaepernick tweeted: 'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

When Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem at an N.F.L. preseason game in 2016, it began a controversy that would involve dozens of players and owners, athletes in other sports and politicians, including the president of the United States. His gesture has led to two and a half years Kaepernick ’s act draws praise and criticism. Drew Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, tells ESPN: “ He can speak out about a very important issue. But there’s plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.”\

I am still up at 5 a.m. training five, six days a week making sure I’m prepared to take a team to a Super Bowl again,” he said, referring to the San Francisco 49ers’ appearance at the championship game in 2013. “That’s not something I will ever let go of, regardless of the actions of 32 teams and their partners to deny me employment. The same way I was persistent in high school is the same way I’m gonna be persistent here.”

He continued, “And you’re gonna have to continue to deny me and do so in a public way. And you’re gonna expose yourself by that, but it won’t be because I’m not ready or not prepared. But in that process, I’m also not gonna let you bury my future. I’m gonna continue to do work on the acting and producing side, continue to do the work with Know Your Rights, and make sure we are having an impact. I think that’s the beauty of us collectively—we are not one-dimensional.”

His series hits Netflix on Oct. 29 and his publishing company’s first book, an anthology he edited called Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Policing & Prisons, is currently available.

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