Film / TV
cw’s ‘black lightning’ is black af and we’re so here for it!
By Erin White
January 18, 2018
Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you had superpowers to defend your black body from the tools of racial oppression meant to harm you?
Well, Black Lightning (played by Cress Williams) is one such black man and when white police officers pull him over for suspicion of robbing a liquor store (in a suit and tie with his teenage daughters😒), he’s equipped to assert his rights in a way they would never expect.
That’s how the CW’s newest superhero drama ‘Black Lightning’ starts off, to the tune of Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit” nonetheless and, as you can imagine, it’s relevant AF. The show follows Cress, the principal of his daughters’ private school and his family as they navigate the complicated dynamics of their community.
Being the first black-led superhero show on the CW’s hero-heavy line-up, it’s pretty impressive that showrunners aren’t shying away from incorporating an authentic tone that acknowledges racial identity and dynamics in 2018 America, and Black LGBTQIA issues, too. Can’t wait to see where they take it. Check out ‘Black Lightning’ Tuesday nights on the CW.
(Oh, and obviously we’d rather go to AFROPUNK)
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