The industry is changing quickly — from how we consume it to what it looks like.
It’s been a long time since Jefferson Pierce suited up and set out to save his city, vigilante-style. But when his family gets caught up in street crime, Pierce revives his butt-kicking superhero alter-ego, Black Lightning and, well, don’t call it a comeback.
So begins the story of “Black Lightning,” a new TV series with a predominately African-American cast. The show debuted earlier this month to strong ratings and that’s largely thanks to the vision of Salim Akil, its showrunner, co-creator and a longtime writer and director.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Akil says:
“This is an American story, this is not a black story… We’re going to be culturally specific, but universal in our themes so everyone can see themselves in these stories.”
Akil talks to us about creating a character with crossover appeal in a fantastic world where racial inequality is all too real.
- Salim Akil Showrunner, "Black Lightning" on the CW; @thesalimakil
Most Recent Shows
The former vice president leads some early polls. But he's also faced tremendous backlash.
In the 2020 election, 32 million Latinos could cast ballots. But will they?
From "Ascension" to "Pretty Wings," Gerald Maxwell Rivera helped create neo-soul.