Paper Magazine — Bryshere Y. Gray Is the Spectacular Spider-Yazz
To demonstrate what superhero movies —by far one of the most successful forms of popular American entertainment— could be if they embraced diversity, we asked Bryshere Y. Gray, aka Yazz the Greatest, to pose as Miles Morales for a series of mock posters. He’s captured audience attention as the brash rapper Hakeem Lyon on the Fox series Empire; those same skills would no doubt make him an excellent Spider-Man. “I’m young and pretty and I represent the youth in America and speak to them in a way no one can at this time. I’m the American Idol,” he tells us. “And I like to climb and fly through the sky and also would look amazing in the Spider-Man outfit.”
My top five photos of 2016 for Gray-Card’s annual Top Five Extravaganza. 2016 was a particularly good and bad year for me, and not my best year for photos… but looking back, there were more good ones than I remembered.
1. Green bee (September) 2. Cliff with clouds, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (June) 3. Brown jumping spider (May) 4. Hesperus Mountain (September) 5. January, the butterfly we found in the house (January)