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Top 5 Reasons Black Lighting is Different from Other Superhero Shows

Black Lighting has returned to the small screen with season two and if you are not watching… you need to!


This extraordinary series, based on the DC Comics character, is so much more than a superhero show. Black Lighting focus on the Pierce family and the community of Freeland. Here are five reasons why Black Lighting is different than other superhero shows.

Family ties.

It is very rare to see a beautiful black family depicted as well as the Pierce family. While they are not perfect, they tend to bring real life reactions to situations that many of us can relate to. The dynamic of sisterly love between Jennifer (China McClain) and Anissa (Nafessa Williams) shows up on screen every Tuesday night. The chemistry between the parents, Jefferson (Cress Williams) and Lynn (Christine Adams) makes it hard to believe that are not married in real life.

Black Love.

With creators like Mara Brock Akil and her husband, we can experience the triumph of marriage and dealing with divorce. Although Lynn and Jefferson are divorced, their chemistry is so remarkable that we hope they can get back together officially this season. The way they handle co-parenting is amazing, especially when you rarely see that on television.

Social Issues.

The first episode of season two details the issue of racial profiling. Aside from racial profiling, the show will highlight bigger issues that are in today’s headlines such as teenage drug abuse and kids being detained by the government.


Not only is Anissa the first black female superhero, she is the first one who is a strong proud lesbian. She is confident and comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t let a relationship stop her from being on the streets fighting bad guys. This season I hope to see more of Thunder in her suit.


It is not too often that you see a majority black cast that are superheroes on television today. They are amusing to their audience and a piece of ourselves is depicted in each one of them. The show illustrates the importance of a black man’s belief of education for all students.

It is an enjoyable show for everyone. It keeps you on your feet from beginning to end. The different music the show uses in every episode highlights the culture of each generation. Black Lighting demonstrates the importance of a caring supporting father and a family who is invested in saving their community.


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