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Report: Production for Colin Kaepernick’s Television Series Faces Threats from Proud Boys

Production for Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix series “Colin in Black and White” has made some security adjustments. The production allegedly faces threats from anti-Black Lives Matter groups, TMZ reported

Two unidentified production sources told the media outlet that memos were sent to staff members informing them that far-right group the Proud Boys was planning to protest filming. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 03: NFL player Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage during VH1’s 3rd Annual “Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms” – Inside Show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

The email explained that the white males-only organization was planning to protest on Friday, Feb. 12, following an “ominous” phone call made to the production office last week. However, according to TMZ, it “did not materialize,” but it did worry many involved with the project. The former football player was not on set at the time.

The media outlet also learned that executives reportedly “sent an email to the staff with measures to protect the cast and crew.”

“Colin in Black and White” follows the former San Francisco 49er’s high school years and his experience dealing with racism as a young Black child growing up with white adopted parents. It will also cover the events that inspired the former athlete’s social activism.

The six-part series was created by award-winning director Ava DuVernay and Kaepernick. Michael Starrbury, who worked with DuVernay on the Netflix movie “When They See Us,” will serve as the showrunner. Kaepernick will narrate, and Jaden Michael will play the young activist. 

Kaepernick spoke on his goal with the series in a statement he released following the show’s announcement last summer. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community during my high school years,” he explained. “It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

When talking about the show, DuVernay said, “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience.” She added, “I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”

“Colin in Black and White” is currently in production, and an official release date has not yet been made public. 

As previously reported, Kaepernick made headlines after kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at various NFL games. Kaepernick’s actions, which were meant to bring awareness to police brutality and racial injustices, sparked outrage. His career subsequently suffered as a result. Kaepernick has been a free agent since his time with the 49ers came to an end in 2016. 

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