32-year-old Colin Kaepernick, a civil rights activist and football quarterback who is a free agent at the moment, will be featured in a documentary series that will explore race and social injustice.
Walt Disney and RaVision Media will come together to tell scripted and unscripted stories and explore the genres of diversity and equality. The series will help bring out the talent of black and brown minority ethnic producers and directors.
Kaepernick’s activism has finally been recognized, and he has been selected to feature in a docuseries about his life and his support for racial justice.
Colin Kaepernick, who has been a free agent since 2016, is ever ready to be in the series and to teach people about cultural diversity and it’s uniqueness. “I am excited to announce the historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate black and brown directors, creators, storytellers and producers and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives
“I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”
His focus has always been to throw light on racial injustice and political brutality even when he took a knee while playing for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, and he gained public attention for refusing to stand when the national anthem was playing.
In an interview, he explained his position stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it will be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies on the streets and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”.
There have been calls for him to be reinstated in the league, even Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn praised his skillset.
After the protest following the death of George Floyd, people started understanding the ‘knee taking’ stance, and the National Football Association commissioner Roger Goodell even apologized to players for not listening and paying attention to them earlier.
Kaepernick will be working with Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, and Pixar
Kaepernick will work with the Undefeated, which has been trying to develop stories from marginalized voices and communities. He will also be working with Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, and Pixar.
Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman, praised Kaepernick’s skills and hopes he can channel it into the work they are yet to do to inspire others. “During this unprecedented time, the Walt Disney Co. Remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates matters, Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture, and race which will undoubtedly create stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”
ESPN’s President Jimmy Pitaro has shown his support for the initiative, and he believes Kaepernick shares a singular path as both an athlete and an activist and will do a great job confronting racism and social injustice.
The limited Netflix series will be based on Kaepernick’s high school years, and he will appear as himself while a different actor will be chosen to play a young him. ‘Colin in Black and White’ will be a scripted and unscripted six-episode series examining Kaepernick’s adolescent life, focusing on his high school years and the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today according to the Hollywood reporter.
Even though Kaepernick has no or little experience in acting, we can still expect the best from him since everything that will be entailed in the series is about his life. Now that sports are struggling to come back because of the pandemic, people are taking to video gaming and binge-watching movies so even if Kaepernick is not playing football, he still has a way of entertaining his fans
It’s a good thing that everyone is trying their best to support the Black Lives Matter movement because the time has never been this right. What Kaepernick is doing here will go a long way to help the black community. He started this kneeling stance, and now everyone is copying it, the activist that he is is paying off