Breonna Taylor Covers Oprah's O Magazine

Brenda Watkins
July 31, 2020

Instead of her own smiling face on the cover, as it typically has been for two decades, there is a powerful portrait of Breonna Taylor with three bolded words: "HER LIFE MATTERS".

Winfrey is one of several entertainment luminaries - including Beyoncé, Solange, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, Kerry Washington and many more - who have used their elevated platforms to call for action after Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment by officers using a "no-knock" search warrant. "Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter", Winfrey writes.

"I think about Breonna Taylor often", Winfrey wrote. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. "To me, the God I serve says we're all brothers and sisters in His eyes".

"We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice", Winfrey said in a note on the magazine's digital site. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O Magazine.

Franklin tells O Magazine: "I am so happy to play a small part in this long-overdue, world-changing narrative on racial injustice and police brutality". "I still can't grasp the concept of her being gone", she reportedly said. Only one of them has been fired and none of the three were arrested or charged. It feels so surreal. This marks the first time in its 20-year history that the cover has not featured Winfrey.

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Many celebrities have been using social media to call for justice for Taylor since her story went viral in the wake of George's Floyd's death.

Taylor was killed on March 13 when three Louisville Metro Police officers entered her home while issuing a no-knock warrant - a practice that has since been banned in Louisville and multiple other USA cities.

Details for how to continue the fight for justice in Taylor's name are included in the piece, too.

Oprah shares that she talked with Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, who is understandably overwhelmed with grief over the loss of her daughter.

The September issue will be available on August 11.

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