‘Black Lightning’ Cast and Crew Promise ‘An Authentic Black Voice’

Black Lightning
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The new CW show “Black Lightning” came to Comic-Con to tease what the newest addition to the superhero lineup will be about when it debuts this fall.

The panel included executive producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil and cast members Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, and Christine Adams.

Salim Akil explained, “It’s time [for Black Lightning.] Jefferson Pierce is the epitome of what black men are: He loves his wife, his children, and the community. This family is the Obamas of the superhero world. This show will have an authentic black voice. This character will add something to the conversation. We’ve always been character-based and we’ll continue to be character-based. It’s about when and how he uses his powers and why. We want people to get to know this family. Their powers, like their race, is only part of who they are. There’s definitely a problem with police brutality and we will get into that. There’s also a problem with us killing each other and we’ll talk about that too.”

Mara Brock Akil explained further, “By having Thunder and Lightning help in the community, we get to shade in the humanity of the community. We all have a choice to use our power for good or for bad. What’s happening in our world today can inspire change.”

Cress Williams is thrilled to portray Pierce. He shared, “I’ve played a lot of bad guys. I’m changing teams. I’m officially on the side of light. Jefferson is going into the community. We effect change positively from his family out to the community. He’s trying to save the world one person at a time.”

Newly announced additions to the cast include James Remar in the role of Gamby and Damon Gupta as Inspector Henderson.

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  1. Luna Cascade says:

    I look forward to checking this show out. But I hope the writers are able to tread that line between be relevant but not preachy.

  2. Halie says:

    WE need to let things go. We need to be united. We need to forgive and stop continuing to bring up each other’s faults that bring out more racism. Let’s forgive and let go.

  3. kellywarriorprincess says:

    “He loves his wife, his children, and the community. This family is the Obamas of the superhero world. This show will have an authentic black voice. This character will add something to the conversation.”

    Would you like a trowel, it’d probably help with how you are just lathering on those empty platitudes.

    Way to speak without saying anything, your articles entire premise can be summed up thusly. “This show about black people contains black people”, something which we knew when the awesome trailer first dropped.

    As a fan of Black Lightning can you do me a huge favour & don’t get your grubby regressive pandering finger prints all over this, ruining it before it even comes out by tarring it with your unnecessary polarisation of the shows potential audience.

    Just this once, fight the urge to make it all about you & your by-line, just be silent. Just let the show arrive & let people make up their own mind about the qualities of the material, instead of trying to either make their mind up for them, or declaring this to be the newest battle front for your insidious culture war.

    Just please, be quite, just this one time.

  4. comix says:

    SO excited for this show!! Please correct Damon Gupton’s name.

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