The Boys of Empire: Jussie Smollet, Bryshere Gray and Trai Beyers Cover Essence June 2015 Issue


If you’re one of the millions that are currently going through “Empire” withdrawls, Essence magazine has the cure– not one, but four covers– featuring the hot men of Fox’s extremely popular drama.


Andre (Trai Beyers), Jamal (Jussie Smollet) and Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) not only did a group cover, but they scored individual covers as well.

As if we needed more reasons to love the Lyon brothers, In either their fictional or real-life capacities, they shared some pretty awesome tidbits about themselves in the interview.

Jussie Smollet, 32, on getting Lee Daniels attention after hearing about the show: “I jumped on Instagram and direct-messaged Lee and said, ‘Sir, I know you get this all the time, but I’m a singer, actor, dancer, songwriter and musician. I am Jamal Lyon in more ways than one.'”

Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, 21, on youth mentoring and talking to his young fans: “I would hear things like, ‘My dad was never in my life…’ and my response was, ‘My dad was never in my life…Don’t feel like you don’t matter.'”

Trai Byers, 33, has a two-fold reason for working out: “I work out for two reasons: one, because I’m an actor and two, because I’m somebody’s [future] husband. I want to be prepared for the woman God has for me.” Swoon!

Check out the individual covers below!





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