There’s a new face on the O Magazine cover — Breonna Taylor!
For the first time in the 20-year history of the magazine, Oprah will not be gracing the cover. Instead, Breonna Taylor, the Black woman who’s become yet another symbol of killing at the hands of police officers, will grace the cover.
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For the first time in 20 years, @oprah has given up her O Magazine cover to honor Breonna Taylor. She says, “Breonna Taylor. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about Oprah’s tribute to Breonna—and her recent conversation with her mother, Tamika Palmer. Breonna: This one’s for you 🙏🏽 The September issue will be available wherever you buy or download your magazines on 8/11. (🎨: @alexis_art)
The news comes just days after Oprah announced that the magazine would be converting from print to online.
Breonna Taylor was an essential working emergency medical technician who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Johnathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. Three plainclothes LMPD officers executing a no-knock search warrant entered her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. Gunfire was exchanged between Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers. Walker said that he believed that the officers were intruders. The LMPD officers fired over twenty shots. Taylor was shot eight times, killing her while she was in her bed.
The officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor have not been arrested causing massive protests throughout the U.S. and online. People have taken to social media reminding people that justice has not been served in Taylor’s case, and asking that people take action by petitioning for justice.
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