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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
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