Colin Kaepernick's thoughts on the Netflix Biopic Series' Impact, Acting, and Whether or Not He'll Return to the NFL
Colin Kaepernick addressed his upcoming Netflix scripted series and its appeal to different audiences in an interview with Ebony released Wednesday.
As the cover star of The Views November issue, Kaepernick met Sunny Hostin, Aicha Sacko, and Elsabet Franklin, two Lower Eastside Girls Club members who also graduated from Kaernick' nonprofit Know Your Rights Camp. The organization works to promote inclusion of Black and Brown people through youth empowerment programs. The KYRC is one of his many projects, including his biopic series.
Colin in Black & White, which he co-created with Ava DuVernay, is a new series for the athlete and activist who hopes viewers will be uniquely influenced by the show. He added, When you look at Black and Brown individuals, particularly Black & Brown youth, the message is staying true to yourself, believing in yourself and having confidence in your identity, and not letting anyone take that from you.
He added, I also think that as we look at a larger society, part of what the show speaks to is how whiteness appears...and how we engage with it...but also the pressures, the microaggressions and the racism, and what that shows up as. I hope its an opportunity for white people to look at their actions...how they appear in society and how they are engaging with Black and Brown folks...and look in to their own privilege and perspective, and be able to identify what actions they can take to decrease the dynamics and the oppressive nature of systems and positions of power and privilege that they have.
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 couldnt have or didntreatably enjoy having, he stated. I wish I had a mentor to turn to in those moments to have those conversations with to help me better navigate what I was going through, said the former.
Kaepernick said acting in the series was like preparing for a game. He further compared the comparisons, stating, "Going through lines, going through the preparation, and then also being on set and having to have my lines ready, having hit my marks, trying to bring out different emotions, different tones, various deliveries. [It] felt very natural to me. I didnt have to dodge any 300-pound linemen while doing it.
Kaepernick has not played for a NFL team since 2016, after taking obliviousness to state terrorism and white supremacy during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner before each game. Despite the show, his non-profit, and his company Kaerpernik Publishing, Kapern has revealed that he is ready to play in the NFL again.
Im still up at 5 a.m. training five, six days p.w. to make sure Ive got the tools to take... if i win another Super Bowl, he said, referring to the San Francisco 49ers 2013 championship appearance. Thats not something Ill ever give up, despite the actions of 32 teams and their partners to deny me employment. The same way I was persistent in high school is the same method Im gonna be persistent here.
He continued, Youre going to have to continue to deny me and do so in a public manner. Youre going to expose yourself by that, but it wont be because Im not ready or prepared. Im also not going to let you bury my future in that process. Im going to continue working on the acting and producing side, continue to work with Know Your Rights, and make sure we are having an impact. Thats the beauty of us collectively, I thinkwe arent one-dimensional.
His new series will be released on Netflix on Oct. 29, and his publishing companys first book, Abolition for the People: The Movement for a Future Without Police & Prisons, is currently available.