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China Anne McClain's Jennifer Pierce Defends Herself in a Major Fight on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain's Jennifer Pierce Defends Herself in a Major Fight on 'Black Lightning'

Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain) looks pretty unfazed by the fact that she’s getting in serious trouble with her parents in this sneak peek from Black Lightning.

In “And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light”, While Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper in all situations, an unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson (Cress Williams) to investigate the murder of his father.

Meanwhile, Annisa (Nafessa Williams) wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences.

Black Lightning airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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China Anne McClain & Nafessa Williams Dish On The Audience Connection to 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain & Nafessa Williams Dish On The Audience Connection to 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain laughs it up with on-screen sister Nafessa Williams during their appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night (February 5) in New York City.

The Black Lightning stars opened up about what the audience is connecting with the new series.

“It’s very rooted in reality,” China explains. “When it comes to a superhero like Superman, it’s very fantastical. You don’t really feel like you can walk outside and be like ‘it’s a bird, it’s a plane’.”

She adds, “With Black Lightning, you feel like you could see him walking down the street. Like ‘Oh, there’s our neighborhood hero’.”

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and Nafessa are also pictured below at TRL and SiriusXM.

Black Lightning airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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China Anne McClain Talks Anissa's Mentorship of Jennifer on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain Talks Anissa's Mentorship of Jennifer on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain gets a big hug from on-screen sister Nafessa Williams at the 2018 SCAD aTVfest on Saturday afternoon (February 3) in Atlanta, Ga.

The two Black Lightning stars took a break from filming their CW show to chat about the impact it’s had so far.

In an earlier interview, China and Nafessa opened up about their sister dynamic on the show.

“I love the fact that Thunder gets her powers first,” China shared in a recent interview with Access Hollywood. “You know, she’s older.”

She continues, “I also love the fact that we focus on that first, because that’s what drives the show…[Thunder] is like Jennifer’s mentor, so her experiencing this first, it will be great to pass along.”

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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Black Lightning's Nafessa Williams Dishes on Anissa Coming Into Her Powers

Black Lightning's Nafessa Williams Dishes on Anissa Coming Into Her Powers

On tonight’s episode of Black Lightning, we’re going to see Anissa (Nafessa Williams) really come to realize her powers on the series.

Speaking to EW, Nafessa opened up about how Anissa handles it all.

“She goes on this journey of self-discovery of both becoming a woman and also discovering her powers,” she says. “I will say there’s a bit of a struggle she’s going through with understanding it, but once she realizes what’s happening and how they work and where they came from, she’s super excited and ready to go [in] head first.”

Nafessa adds, “She believes it’s her passion and calling from god, and she walks in it boldly.”

Tune into Black Lightning TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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Will We See Other Superheroes On 'Black Lightning'? Showrunner Salim Akil Weighs In

Will We See Other Superheroes On 'Black Lightning'? Showrunner Salim Akil Weighs In

Black Lightning premiered two weeks ago and we already can’t get enough of the new DC Comics superhero show!

One thing on everyone’s mind though is, “Will there be more superheroes?” Showrunner Salim Akil has talked the possibility of other heroes and villains.

“Yeah, let’s hope so,” he told Yahoo. “We want to entertain.”

“I know this show is topical and it has some political merit to it, but we also want to entertain and make people laugh and get them excited about the fight sequences, and the characters that are coming in, as well as the villains that are coming in,” he added. “We hope it will be a well-rounded experience so yes, we’d love to see other superheroes come through.”

As for who could be on… “Static could be interesting,” Salim said.

“I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in in that way,” he said back in June. “So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.”

Black Lightning co-creator Tony Isabella has also commented on Static being added to the show.

“I confess I’m getting a wee bit annoyed by fan calls for Static to appear on this show,” he wrote on his blog. “Now I love Static and the Static Shock cartoon series, but, were it my call (and it isn’t), you would NEVER see Static in this series. Black Lightning doesn’t need Static. Static doesn’t need Black Lightning. They are great characters who can stand on their own.”

Catch an all new Black Lightning TONIGHT at 9PM ET/PT on The CW!

China Anne McClain Says Jennifer Pierce Isn't That Ready To have Super Powers on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain Says Jennifer Pierce Isn't That Ready To have Super Powers on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain might be preparing for Black Lightning‘s Jennifer Pierce to get her powers soon, but that doesn’t mean Jennifer can actually handle them.

In a new interview with CBR, the actress revealed that Jennifer is really, just not ready for them.

“Jennifer is young. She’s a teenager,” she reasons. “For her, getting her powers is very different than Anissa getting her powers for the first time, because I’ve said that she’s older, she’s confident.

“She [Anissa] knows who she is at this point at this point in her life and she’s comfortable with that, but Jennifer is still trying to figure that out.”

China adds, “So to have this happen to her is a huge deal and she feels kind of an alien on Earth. It’s difficult for her to deal with.”

Another thing Jennifer will deal with is the struggle to just be a normal teen girl, versus a girl with superpowers that she doesn’t know anything about.

“She already dislikes the fact that everybody calls her the Queen of Garfield High. She’s like, ‘I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be a track star. I just want to be normal,’ you know?’” she says. “‘I just want to go to school and have friends and go to parties and whatever teenagers normally do.’”

China continues, “This kind of just adds onto this feeling for her, because she never wanted that attention. So for this to be happening, she just feels even more like, ‘Oh gosh, I’m different and I don’t want to be in that category.’”

Black Lightning airs on Tuesdays on The CW.

Nafessa Williams Talks Playing a Black Lesbian Superhero on 'Black Lightning'

Nafessa Williams Talks Playing a Black Lesbian Superhero on 'Black Lightning'

Nafessa Williams is opening up about her character on the new CW show Black Lightning.

The 28-year-old actress plays Anissa Pierce/Thunder, a black lesbian superhero, the first on television.

“She’s fully out. She’s been out since she was a teenager. She’s 22 now. She’s walking boldly and unapologetically in who she is,” Nafessa told Teen Vogue. “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.”

“I wouldn’t say [it adds] pressure. I think more just excited to be a voice for it and be a part of the change,” she continued. “Again, the producers and the writers, they’ve written a really well fill-out, perfectly fill-out character. It’s about just telling the story authentically. I know with Mara [Brock Akil] and Salim [Akil], that I can trust them with that at the helm, that they’re gonna tell this story authentically the way it needs to be told. I think that takes the pressure off of me right there, knowing that we’re good.”

Catch Black Lightning on Tuesdays @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

'Black Lightning' Sneak Peek: Will The Superhero Return?

'Black Lightning' Sneak Peek: Will The Superhero Return?

Jennifer (China McClain) chills out with a friend in this new still from tonight’s all new episode of Black Lightning.

In the new ep, “Lawanda: The Book of Hope”, the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, and a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning (Cress Williams) back?

Lynn (Christine Adams), noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson struggles with his decision, Gambi (James Remar) urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning.

Meanwhile, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.

Black Lightning airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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