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Ava DuVernay to direct 6-part series on Colin Kaepernick's early life

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Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty ImagesBy CANDICE WILLIAMS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — Colin Kaepernick’s adolescent years will be made into a six-part series on Netflix thanks to Ava DuVernay.

Netflix announced on Monday that the Oscar nominee will direct and produce the forthcoming scripted drama titled Colin in Black & White. The limited series will focus on Kaepernick’s teenage life and high school experience growing up as a Black child adopted by a white family.

Kaepernick will narrate the series, which is expected to cast an actor to play a younger version of the quarterback. The series will also take a look at Kaepernick’s early journey to become the activist he is today.

In 2016, Kaepernick became the face of protests against police brutality when he knelt during the national anthem.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “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. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally,” added DuVernay. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”

Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury, who previously worked with DuVernay on Netflix’s Peabody-winning limited series “When They See Us, will write the script and serve as executive producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick.

There is no set release date for the series.

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Shawn Johnson details her severe body image struggle

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Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesBy GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — For former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, learning to love her body has been a years-long struggle.

In a new video shared to her YouTube channel, Johnson told her fans that as a gymnast in the 2008 Olympic Games, she restricted her calories to 700 per day and as a result, she “would pass out during practice or after,” and never had a menstrual cycle.

Being in the “limelight” on Dancing With the Stars the next year only heightened her self-consciousness.

Additionally, she felt lost without her sport, and without a purpose.

“I had to deal with not being an elite athlete, not training 50 hours a week, eating more than 700 calories a day, which naturally would let my body to adjust and gain weight which was healthy at the time but I didn’t know how to handle it,” she said, noting that she gained about 15 pounds. “When I went on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and I had my period for the first time and I had to deal with going through puberty on national television, I hit a very low spot.”

“I started taking weight loss pills. I started taking Ephedrine. I started taking Adderall. I started doing any and everything that I possibly could to lose the weight and to look like I did at the Olympics,” she added. “Because in my mind, everybody praised me for what I did at the Olympics. They praised who I was as a human being when I was there and in my mind, if I could look like that, not necessarily compete or do gymnastics, but if I could be that person again, then the world would say that I was enough and I was accepted.”

Johnson, 28, explained that although she did lose the weight and eventually returned to gymnastics, she quit after realizing how unhappy she was. Immediately, she hired a nutritionist and a therapist, and within a few years, she was “feeling more comfortable in my body,” and eating about 1,500 calories per day. In 2016, she married former professional football player Andrew East, and the next year, they were shocked to learn that Johnson was pregnant. However, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage.

“I had this gut-wrenching feeling that it was because of my past — because of the pills, the diuretics, because of starving myself and the weight fluctuations and the binging and purging,” she said. “I thought it was because of all those bad choices that I had made.”

Miscarriage, or early pregnancy loss, occurs in about 10 to 20% of known pregnancies, according to the Mayo Clinic. In most cases, miscarriages occur “because the fetus isn’t developing normally,” the organization reported.

Last year, Johnson and East, 28, learned they were expecting again, and the former Olympian said one of her first calls was to her nutritionist.

“I said, ‘My biggest fear is that I won’t eat enough,'” she said. “It was just an iconic moment for me.”

During her pregnancy, Johnson took vitamins every day and made sure to have two cheat meals each week. She also set a workout goal of 30 minutes of walking five times a week — a huge change for someone who used to plan four workout classes in a single day. Now a mom to her 8-month-old daughter, Drew, Johnson said she’s grown to accept her body.

“It was very hard, and I don’t wish it on anyone, but I’ve had these tough experiences that make me a stronger mom and will allow me to teach Drew how to be strong as well,” she said.

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Seattle's new NHL venue will be completely carbon neutral

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(SEATTLE) — Seattle’s new NHL expansion team will have a completely carbon-neutral venue to play in beginning in the 2021-22 season.

Amazon purchased the building’s naming rights, according to an announcement Thursday, and will call it Climate Pledge Arena. The company is modeling the hockey venue on The Climate Pledge, created by Amazon and Global Optimism, which calls on those who sign to be net zero carbon across businesses by 2040, NHL.com reports.

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NBA says 16 players tested positive for COVID-19

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By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — The NBA has tested 302 players for the coronavirus and 16 players have tested positive, the organization said Friday.

“Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician,” the NBA said in a statement.  

The NBA plans to resume its season with 22 teams on July 31 at the Disney complex in Florida.

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Sacramento Kings' Jabari Parker, Alex Len test positive for COVID-19

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(NEW YORK) — Two professional basketball players on the Sacramento Kings revealed Wednesday that they have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Kings forward Jabari Parker, 25, said he had received the positive results “several days ago” and “immediately” isolated himself in Chicago.

“I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well,” Parker said in a statement released by the team. “I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”

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Kings center Alex Len, 27, said he was tested Tuesday in Sacramento.

“I want to thank the Sacramento Kings for their great care and the NBA for putting the protocols in place to allow me to catch this early,” Len said in a statement posted on Instagram. “I have immediately entered isolation and look forward to being cleared and rejoining my teammates for our playoff push.”

The Kings, along with 21 other teams, are scheduled to resume play next month after the NBA season was put on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. On June 4, the league’s Board of Governors approved games to resume on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.

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