Ava DuVernay Prepping Sitcom For Colin Kaepernick
“A Wrinkle in Time”director, Ava DuVernay, is a busy woman! In a recent feature story, it was revealed that she is prepping a comedy sitcom about football star-turned acclaimed activist, Colin Kaepernick. The show centers on his high school life.
While Ava has yet to comment on the rumored project, we’re not the least bit surprised that the two are teaming up. After meeting Colin last year she stated,
I think his actions have been inspiring to so many people. I see what he’s done as art. I believe that art is seeing the world that doesn’t exist. You know a lot of people excel at creativity — making TV, movies, painting, writing books — but you can be an artist in your own life. Civil-rights activists are artists. Athletes are artists. People who imagine something that is not there.
Among Duvernay’s upcoming projects are HBO’s “Battle of Versailles,” a Netflix series, and continuing development of Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.
Colin began to make headlines in the 49ers third preseason game of the 2016 season, when it was noticed that he was sitting down during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as opposed to the tradition of standing. During a post-game 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 would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, referencing a series of events that led to the Black Lives Matter movement and adding that he would continue to protest until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”.
In the 49ers’ fourth and final preseason game of 2016, Kaepernick opted to kneel during the U.S. national anthem rather than sit as he did in their previous games. Kaepernick soon became highly polarizing as numerous people took public stances either supporting or maligning Kaepernick’s actions; in many cases this polarization correlates with racial divisions.
We’ll be waiting with our popcorn, Ava!