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BLACK LIGHTNING Season 1 Episode 2 Photos Lawanda: The Book of Hope

BLACK LIGHTNING Season 1 Episode 2 Photos Lawanda: The Book of Hope

Lawanda: The Book of Hope (Ep# 102) IS HE BACK? — As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning (Cress Williams) back? Lynn Stewart (Christine Adams), noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) struggles with his decision, Gambi (James Remar) urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience. Damon Gupton and Marvin Jones III also star. The episode was written by Salim Akil and directed by Oz Scott (#102). Original airdate 1/23/2018. BLACK LIGHTNING Season 1 Episode 2 Photos Lawanda: The Book of Hope

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is 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 neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers 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 the superhero 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) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

BLACK LIGHTNING Season 1 Episode 2 Photos Lawanda: The Book of Hope

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102b_0283r.jpg  -- Pictured (L-R): Tracey Bonner as LaWanda and Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce -- Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102b_0283r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tracey Bonner as LaWanda and Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce — Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102a_0139.jpg  -- Pictured: Damon Gupton as Inspector Bill Henderson -- Photo: Guy D'Alema/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102a_0139.jpg — Pictured: Damon Gupton as Inspector Bill Henderson — Photo: Guy D’Alema/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102a_0168.jpg  -- Pictured: Cress Williams as Black Lightning -- Photo: Guy D'Alema/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102a_0168.jpg — Pictured: Cress Williams as Black Lightning — Photo: Guy D’Alema/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102b_0017r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Kyanna Simone Simpson as Keisha and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce -- Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102b_0017r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kyanna Simone Simpson as Keisha and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce — Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102b_0119r.jpg -- Pictured: Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce -- Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102b_0119r.jpg — Pictured: Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce — Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102b_0192r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, Skye P. Marshall as Ms.Fowdy and Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce -- Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102b_0192r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, Skye P. Marshall as Ms.Fowdy and Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce — Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning -- "LaWanda: The Book of Hope" -- Image BLK102b_0265.jpg  -- Pictured: Tracey Bonner as LaWanda -- Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Black Lightning — “LaWanda: The Book of Hope” — Image BLK102b_0265.jpg — Pictured: Tracey Bonner as LaWanda — Photo: Richard Ducree/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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