Meet the black lesbian superhero ready to take over TV on The CW’s Black Lightning

A black lesbian superhero is set to make a groundbreaking entrance on your TV screen.

Black Lightning, a show coming to The CW on January 16, features the title character as a father to two daughters: Thunder and Lightning.

And it’s Thunder, played by 28-year-old Nafessa Williams, who is set to make history.

The superhero, whose real name in the show is Anissa Pierce, is “timely and necessary,” according to Williams.


Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, she said: “We need it. It’s been way too long.”

And there’s even more for LGBT fans to get excited about. 




Just like in the comics, Thunder’s getting a love interest.

Played by Pretty Little Liars actress Chantal Thuy, the half-Amazonian, Asian-American Grace Choi will feature in the show as Anissa’s girlfriend.

In the comics, Grace is bisexual, and there seems to be no reason to doubt she will be in the show as well.

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