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Lawanda: The Book of Hope



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Episode Info

As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.


Cress Williams
as Jefferson Pierce
Christine Adams
as Lynn Stewart
Nafessa Williams
as Anissa Pierce
China Anne McClain
as Jennifer Pierce
James Remar
as Peter Gambi
Damon Gupton
as Henderson
Marvin Jones III
as Tobias Whale
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Critic reviews for Lawanda: The Book of Hope

Lawanda: The Book of Hope was an encouraging second episode that shows Black Lightning's mature and complex look at family and responsibility. We need more of this please.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

One of the things I love most about Black Lightning is its humor.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

In Black Lightning, the superhero takes on institutional racism, gang violence, and police harrassment and brutality. It's hard not to feel like every other on-screen superhero is playing by a different, less potent set of rules.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The writing continues to keep the story grounded in real-world scenarios and the methodical development of the supporting cast is also worthy of praise.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

This episode alone racked up quite a body count, but I'm most interested to see how Jefferson's dynamic with the police evolves now that he's fully back as Black Lightning.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"LaWanda: The Book Of Hope" is a smart extension of the patient storytelling that defined the series premiere.

March 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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