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Exclusive: Why ‘Black Lightning’ Is More Than Just A Superhero Series

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“Black Lightning” premieres today, but if you’re expecting just another superhero series you’re in for so much more!

The series, created by Salim and Mara Brock Akil, focuses on retired superhero Jefferson Pierce, played by Cress Williams. Pierce returns to a life of fighting crime in order to protect his family, friends and community as a whole. That alone, and the fact that he’s a Black superhero, is enough of a reason to watch the highly anticipated show … but wait, theres more.

While chatting with Williams at the NAACP Image Awards, the seasoned actor opened up about the fact that “Black Lightning” is actually a family drama with “a little superhero sprinkled on top.” The title character not only saves the day, but he’s a single dad who has custody of his daughters and connects with his community as the principal of the local school.

The show also tackles topics like Black Lives Matter, police brutality, racism and more. And Cress promises, “it’s a show that has something for everyone.”

“Black Lightning” premieres non the CW tonight, Tuesday, January 16th at 9/8c.

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