Only two episodes in and we stan for Anissa Pierce.
If you’re not yet watching Black Lightning on The CW, let’s quickly bring you up to speed. Spoilers ahead, obviously.
Actor Nafessa Williams plays Anissa Pierce, a young superhero with other-worldly abilities (that she is only just starting to discover).
She's actually the daughter of the show's hero, Black Lightning, but she doesn't * know * her dad is Black Lightning — it's a whole thing. It's also a comic book so read that too.
Oh, and she’s super duper canonically gay.
And the show is actually giving The Gays what they want, right away, in episode 2!
*Screams silently for the joy of representation*
That's it. That's all you need to know.
It’s something a lot of people weren’t used to seeing on their TV screens, especially if you, yourself, are a black, queer, woman:
Executive producer Salim Akil made it clear in a recent interview that there won’t be any “special episode” focusing on Anissa’s coming out story or sexuality — because that’s not the point!
“I just want it to be what it is, just life. Just her life,” Akil told POPSUGAR. “So if you notice, in the second episode, we just open up on this scene, and there she is with her girlfriend. If you were to do that with a guy and a girl, it wouldn't be anything. But to see these black women, natural, having a conversation not about their sexuality but about what she's going through, to me that's more profound than having a very special episode.”
And Williams? Yeah, she’s here for it too.
“She’s walking boldly and unapologetically in who she is,” the actor told Teen Vogue in a recent interview about her character.
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It's amazing to watch because I've been getting on social media a lot of comments. Not even just black lesbians, just young lesbians everywhere who want to see more of themselves on TV and show what the life of a lesbian is like. You're gonna go on that journey with Anissa. It's also cool because my parents on the show, they're very accepting and open about my sexuality. I hope that parents watching are inspired to support their lesbian or gay child.
So? What more do you need to know? Get watching!