NAFESSA WILLIAMS (Black Lightning) 

Nafessa Williams was born on December 4th, 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and although she is originally from Philly she took her acting talents to Los Angeles where she now resides. 

Nafessa is a film and television actress most well-known for her portrayal of Deanna Forbes in 2011 on the popular soap opera ‘One Life to Live.’ Some of her films have included Burning Sands and Twin Peaks. Nafessa's television roles include Dr. Charlotte Piel on CBD 'Code Black' and CW’s ‘Black Lightning’ where she plays the role of a lesbian superhero named Anissa, who is portrayed as a strong and confident woman and eventually comes out. In 2019 she played the role of Missy in the movie Black and Blue alongside Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson, directed by Deon Taylor.

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