Nafessa Williams and WinC’s Foxxy Jazzabelle Talk Black Lightning and Representation
You probably missed the panels on our favorite Black family on the CW in Black Lightning. Here’s a reminder of why we love watching us as superheroes onscreen. Women in Comics Collective reporter Foxxy Jazzabelle sat down with Nafessa Williams in the middle of last season for a chat about the Black Lightning third season and so much more. Williams expressed pride in getting a chance to depict a Black gay superhero for young audiences today. She also speaks of the importance of representation. Take a listen.
Nafessa Williams plays Anissa a.k.a Thunder in the CW show Black Lightning. She is a member of the LGBTQ community, which is often left out of Black superhero stories. She works with her father Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams), sister Jennifer (Chyna Anne McClain), and mother Lynn, (Christine Adams). Together, the family fights to protect their neighborhood and the people in it, even those who are traditionally characterized as bad guys.
Warner Bros may have skipped Comic-Con at Home, but they didn’t forget about the fans. Expect an update on Anissa and the rest of the Pierce family at FanDome on August 22.