“The Lyon Kings:” Essence releases four different covers featuring the sexy men of Empire.
While fans eagerly await the return of the Lyon brothers, Essence magazine decided to cut to the chase. For its June issue, the magazine features all three male leads —Trai Byers (Andre), Bryshere “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem), and everyones favorite Jussie Smollett.
Inside the issue, the TV brothers talk about their life, their art, and their road to success. Smollett reveals that when he heard about the casting for Empire, he took a long shot and reached out to show creator Lee Daniels on social media: “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.'”
Essence’s June “Vacation Issue” hits newsstands on May 15. For more, visit Essence.com.