Nafessa Williams is a changemaker. On The CW’s drama Black Lightning, she’s made historical past as tv’s first Black, lesbian superhero. Nevertheless, for actress, her character’s energy and braveness are not any act. In spite of everything, offscreen, she is simply as set on breaking limitations by altering the trade. Right here, the Philadelphia native particulars her expertise with the Black Lives Matter motion and her struggle towards inequality in Hollywood—and past.
As we’re talking on the Black Lives Matter motion and the present panorama of the leisure trade, I am going to begin with this quote by John Lewis, could he relaxation in peace: “I need to see younger individuals in America really feel the spirit of the 1960s and discover a strategy to get in the best way. To discover a strategy to get in hassle. Good hassle, vital hassle.”
Black Lives Matter. Breonna Taylor‘s life mattered. George Floyd‘s life mattered. These had been my ideas as I headed out to protest on a cloudy day in L.A. final month. As I approached the protest, I noticed vehicles on hearth, protestors injured from rubber bullets and armed army on each nook. I felt like I used to be capturing a scene on the set of Black Lightning, besides there wasn’t a director yelling “motion” and “lower.” I rapidly snapped out of my flashback of being on set and realized this was actual life. On this present day I had considerably of an understanding of the spirit of the 1960s. I wished my voice to be heard by inflicting “good hassle.”