Stunning, fabulous and all-around phenomenal actress, Nafessa Williams lights up the scene as the star of the CW’s “Black Lightning” playing ‘Anissa Pierce’ aka ‘Thunder,’ which premieres on Tuesday, January 16th at 9pm ET/PT. Nafessa is coming off a hugely successful 2017, with her film BURNING SANDS which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (now currently streaming on Netflix), and also appearing in the buzzed about reboot of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.”
The highly-anticipated groundbreaking “Black Lightning” will feature the first black super hero family on network TV, and will center around the Pierce family led by patriarch ‘Jefferson Pierce‘ (Cress Williams, “Hart of Dixie”), a man wrestling with a secret.
As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante ‘Black Lightning.’
However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.
Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters ‘Anissa’ (Nafessa Williams) and ‘Jennifer’ (China Anne McClain, DESCENDANTS) grow into strong young women, who now nearly a decade later, are beginning to realize they have super powers of their own. With crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, Black Lightning returns – to save and teach not only his daughters, but help save the soul of his community.