Colin Kaepernick is reflecting on his life and career in the first trailer for Netflix’s Colin In Black And White, above.
“Since the day I was born, my passion, my love, was being a quarterback. But what you start out as, is not necessarily what you become,” Kaepernick said in a voiceover in the trailer.
The six-episode scripted drama, premiering Oct. 29, chronicles Kaepernick’s coming-of-age tackling the obstacles of race, class, and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family in Central California. Kaepernick narrates the tale as high school Colin (Jaden Michael) faces adversity on his way to becoming an All-Pro quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and later a cultural icon and activist.
“In high school, I faced a lot of different challenges from sports to my family, and other parts of my personal life, which a lot of viewers may be able to relate to. But I also faced obstacles as a Black kid growing up in a white family in a white community,” he revealed about how his collaboration with Ava DuVernay came to in a new blog post. “After meeting Ava DuVernay in 2017, I knew she was the right person to collaborate with. I shared my idea to create a series based on my high school years and she said, ‘Ok, Let’s do it.” And we started working together to bring these stories to life in the most impactful and compelling way possible.’
DuVernay added, “I hope people feel compelled to examine their own origin story. How did I get here? What things happened – small and large, remembered and forgotten – that led me to this place now? This series is about deciding for yourself what your life and legacy will be. It’s about self-determination, self-propulsion, not waiting for permission, not waiting for everyone to agree, tapping into the voice inside of you, and letting that spur you forward. And it’s about knowing that within your individual story, you are also a part of something larger. My highest hope is that some viewers will walk away with some of these thoughts and questions.”
Watch the trailer in full above.
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