Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to the men of Empire—Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray. All three stars of the hit Fox series are featured on the June Cover of ESSENCE Magazine. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with all three and this couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of gentleman. Check out their covers below along with excerpts from each interview:


Yazz on the heart-touching stories fans would tell him:  “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 on staying fit for his future wife: “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.”


Jussie on how he got the attention of Empire creator, Lee Daniels:  “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.'”

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