For the first time in 20 years, Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her namesake magazine.
O The Oprah Magazine was first launched in 2000. Since then, the monthly edition has always featured Oprah Winfrey on the cover. However, for the first time in 20 years, Oprah has moved away from the cover to make space for Breonna Taylor who was killed by police in March. Winfrey revealed the cover through social media on Thursday with the caption: 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.” Digital artist Alexis Franklin created the cover image, reports CNN. "I am so happy to play a small part in this long-overdue, world-changing narrative on racial injustice and police brutality," Franklin told O magazine.
In her column, Winfrey wrote, "We know how Breonna died. March 13. Louisville police storming into her apartment in the middle of the night. No uniforms. No “This is the police!” Terrifying Breonna and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker." Winfrey further added that only one of the three cops involved was dismissed. "As I write this, in early July, just one of the three officers involved has been dismissed from the police force. This officer blindly fired ten rounds from his gun, some of which went into the adjoining apartment. The other two officers still have their jobs."
“The fact that no one has been charged. It was so reckless. They did all of this for nothing, and she lost her life," said Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer. "Breonna Taylor was 26 years old. Breonna Taylor loved cars and treated her 2019 Dodge Charger like a trusted friend. Breonna Taylor loved chicken any way you could cook it. Breonna Taylor put hot sauce on everything, especially eggs. Breonna Taylor appreciated every kind of music and the dances that went along. Breonna Taylor treated all her friends like besties. Breonna Taylor was a force in the life of her 20-year-old sister," wrote Winfrey.
"Breonna Taylor felt meaning and purpose in her work as an emergency room technician. Breonna Taylor was saving to buy a house. Breonna Taylor had plans. Breonna Taylor had dreams. They all died with her the night five bullets shattered her body and her future," she continued. It's been nearly five months since Taylor's unfortunate death, but not a day goes by where her mom doesn't miss her. “I can’t stop seeing her face. Her smile. It’s what I miss most about her. I still can’t grasp the concept of her being gone. It feels so surreal. I’m still waiting for her to come through the door,” added Palmer.
Oprah also instructs: To continue the fight for Breonna Taylor: 1) Sign the Change.Org and Color of Change petitions to demand justice from Kentucky officials. 2) Call Kentucky's attorney general, mayor, governor, and the public integrity unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department to demand the officers involved in Breonna's death are fired and charged with her killing. VisitStandWithBre.com for guidance. 3) Donate to the Louisville Community Bail Fund to aid protesters fighting in Breonna's hometown. 4) Hashtag #SayHerName on social media—so no one forgets her: Breonna Taylor.