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When lightning strikes

NAFESSA WILLIAMS EXPLAINS WHY SHE’S WALKING IN HER PURPOSE AS TV’S FIRST BLACK LESBIAN SUPERHERO

BLACK LIGHTNING

WORDS ROXY BOURDILLON, PHOTOS ©2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

The first time Nafessa Williams suited up as Anissa/Thunder in The CW’s Black Lightning, she wept. She knew she was about to do something revolutionary. Saving the world would no longer be reserved for straight white men. She would show queer women and little girls of colour that they too could be superheroes. Nevertheless, nothing could prepare her for quite how seismic the impact would be. This groundbreaking series, depicting a black family with special powers protecting their city from threats, including police brutality, sex trafficking and gun violence, caught the imagination of millions of viewers. Thunder became our very own bold, beautiful, black superqueero. Now she’s back for round two, just in time for Black History Month, to inspire us once more.

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Welcome to this historic issue of DIVA, centring and celebrating game-changing queer women of colour. Guest edited by UK Black Pride director and co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who hand-picked our fantastic cover stars, every columnist this month is a woman of colour, and we've made space throughout the magazine for women of colour to tell their own stories in their own words. We hope you enjoy it. Also in this issue… Gabrielle makes our Dreams come true Black Lightning's Nafessa Williams tells DIVA how it feels to be TV's first black lesbian superhero Vida: The new Latinx series we love Zayn Phallic: The drag king with a heart (and hard on) of gold What does it mean to be Muslim and bisexual? Guest editor Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on why Black History Month is decorative Plus news, reviews and much, much more!