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Colin Kaepernick, Spike Lee, and Jemele Hill team up for documentary series


Colin Kaepernick, Spike Lee, and Jemele Hill team up for documentary series

Spike Lee and Colin Kaepernick are teaming up on a documentary.Image: Getty Images

To the people who believe that race talk, specifically talk about racism affecting Black people, has no place in sports, they might melt like the Wicked Witch of the West if they watch a future documentary that ESPN Films announced has recently started production. Colin Kaepernick, along with Spike Lee and his 40 Acres and a Mule Productions, have teamed up to work on a four-part documentary about the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s life. In case there is a small puddle of mass left for those upset about this, one of the producers of this documentary is Jemele Hill, host of the Jemele Hill is Unbothered Podcast and a writer at The Atlantic.

In July 2020, ESPN announced that Kaepernick and his Ra Vision Media had signed a first-look deal with the Walt Disney company that not only includes the ESPN documentary, but an overall deal that will look to feature work produced by persons of color on all of Disney’s platforms.

This announcement could not have come at a better time, with the Super Bowl and Tom Brady’s retirement being usurped in attention by news of the class action lawsuit filed by Brian Flores and his attorneys accusing the NFL of racist hiring practices. Kaepernick wasn’t going after solely the NFL, but society as a whole when he protested the abuse that Black people suffer at the hands of the police, following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the summer of 2016. Needless to say, his fate is likely the one that will befall Flores, never working in the NFL again.

Since Kaepernick was released by the 49ers in 2017, he has been largely silent in public. He gave a brief speech later that year when he won Sports Illustrated’s Muhammed Ali Legacy Award. In 2021, he granted an interview to Ebony Magazine that was published in October prior to the premiere of his Netlflix Series, Colin in Black and White that he worked on with Ava DuVernay (of the hit critically acclaimed documentary 13th). The series focused on Kaepernick’s time as a teenager growing up adopted by a white family, and he…

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