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The CW has given comic book fans some good television in the form of shows such as Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Black Lightning, a CW superhero TV show that made its premiere this year, received rave reviews and a second season is about to be released. Salim Akil is the showrunner for Black Lightning and, in a Q&A with the press, he talked about Season 2 of Black Lightning.
Black Lightning Season 2
Here is what Salim Akil had to say about the decision he took to start Season 2 of Black Lighting by showcasing police brutality which is an issue that has a lot of cultural relevance right now:
“This is a never-ending story, and we’re at a critical point where with artists, if it’s on their heart or their mind, they have to express what they’re thinking, if they so choose to. I have three boys and a daughter, and I’m afraid for them. I’m afraid when my son goes to the mall. I’m afraid when they go on a trip with their school.”
“It’s on my mind and it’s on my heart, and it seems like it’s not stopping. It seems like there’s a concerted effort to do this kind of stuff. We’ve just heard about the young man (Botham Jean) who got shot in his own home. We’re not safe anywhere. So, it’s just on my mind and on my heart.”
Salim Akil also discussed wanting to continue to interweave relevant social issues into the narrative of Black Lightning in its second season:
“If you remember, back in the 80’s, Hillary Clinton called us Super Predators and it gave the police a reason to come into communities, all over the country, and just start putting bullets in people’s asses. That’s what I wanted to deal with, in terms of Freeland.”
“But I also wanted to deal with the family, in terms of where they are emotionally and what kind of stress they’re under. Lynn suggests that Jefferson get therapy. I wanted to talk about black people and therapy. We don’t believe in that shit, but we’re the number one people who need it.”
“After slavery and Jim Crow, they should have sent an army of therapists into the black communities to heal people. All this shit that you see going on in our community is because we haven’t healed properly from the amount of oppression that we’ve gone through.”
“If you can say that being raised by a bad parent fucks your brain up and has effects for you, for the rest of your life, and you pass it on through DNA to your children, then what do you think years and years and years and years of oppression has done to a whole group of people?”
“And so, I wanted to at least mention it. I wanted to at least say, “Maybe, could we get a little help?”
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