Colin Kaepernick has already meant a lot to the fight against systemic racism and social injustice in America. Now, he will continue that fight in a recently announced partnership with The Walt Disney Co. The partnership will focus on telling stories that explore race, and Kaepernick will also be featured in a new docuseries. After the announcement came on Monday, his girlfriend, Nessa — who has been an outspoken activist with him the entire way — took to Instagram to react to the news about the former San Francisco 49ers QB.
Colin Kapernick and Disney recently announced a partnership
On Monday, Disney announced that the company made a deal with Kaepernick’s Ra Vision Media to work together. The partnership between the two “will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity,” according to ESPN. It will also showcase the work of minority directors and producers across all Disney platforms, including ESPN.
“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a statement, according to ESPN. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”
Disney’s executive chairman Bob Iger said that Disney has a commitment to creating diverse and inclusive content that matters.
“Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration,” Iger said.
The first project is a docuseries looking at Kaepernick’s journey and his last five years, according to ESPN. It will include interviews and never-before-seen elements, and will be produced by ESPN Films. Jemele Hill is also a producer on the project. Hill is known for her previous work at ESPN and now writes for The Atlantic.
“Colin has had a singular path as both an athlete and an activist, and, as the nation continues to confront racism and social injustice, it feels particularly relevant to hear Colin’s voice on his evolution and motivations,” ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said.
Jemele Hill said she is ‘honored’ to help tell Kaepernick’s story
With Hill being a producer for the docuseries about Kaepernick, she took to social media to react to the news on Monday.
“I would say this is a dream come true, but I honestly never thought something like this was possible,” Hill wrote on Instagram. “I am truly honored to play a role in telling [Kaepernick’s] story. Colin’s vision for this partnership with Disney/ESPN and [The Undefeated] is to amplify, elevate and empower black and brown voices. I wholeheartedly support such an important mission, and that’s far more important than my recent history at ESPN. This is an opportunity to do culture-shifting work.”
Additionally, Hill tweeted that she has always known that Kaepernick is on the right side of history. This will be an opportunity “to make sure history continues to always reflects that.”
“Colin’s vision for this collaboration isn’t just about content, but empowerment,” Hill tweeted. “He was adamant that his work be surrounded by black and brown voices. It also was important for me to use my influence to elevate these voices, particularly inside of ESPN. I am truly grateful.”
Hill joined ESPN as a columnist on ESPN.com in 2006, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She later became a co-anchor on the rebranded SportsCenter in 2017 called SC6 before leaving ESPN in September 2018.
Nessa reacted to Kaepernick’s new deal with Disney
Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa, has also been an important voice in the fight against racism and police brutality in America. She co-founded the Know Your Rights Camp with him.
The goal of the organization is to “advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders,” according to the KYRC site.
On Monday, Nessa took to Instagram to react to Kaepernick’s partnership with Disney.
“It was so important for [Kaepernick] to have [Jemele Hill] as a producer for his docuseries with ESPN,” Nessa wrote on Instagram. “I’m looking forward to Colin uplifting Black and Brown creators across all of the Disney platforms.”
Colin Kaepernick, Nessa, Jemele Hill, and ESPN seem to be excited about this partnership. It will be cool to see what all comes from it, and how it will uplift Black and Brown voices in America.