“We can’t keep quiet,” Winfrey wrote in a statement accompanying the disclosure. “We have to use any megaphone to shout for justice. That’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. The September issue pays homage to her and all the other black women whose lives were taken away too quickly.”
Digital artist Alexis Franklin created the cover image.
“I am very excited to play a small role in this long-obsolete, world-changing story of racial injustice and police brutality,” Franklin told O magazine. The original photo is the one that Breonna herself took and was mentioned several times in the news. Looking at it, I see innocence, simple but powerful. It was very important for me to keep it. ”
Taylor was shot eight times after police officers in Kenville, Louisville, smashed the doors of her apartment while executing a night order for a drug investigation. March 13 The night warrant was released. charged or arrested.
The latest Winfrey column advocates for readers to “continue the fight” for Taylor. She lists several calls for action, including a signed Change.org petition for justice, summons elected officials, donates to the Louisville Community Rescue Fund, and uses the hashtag #SayHerName on social media.
“We know how Breonna died. March 13. Louisville police stormed her apartment in the middle of the night. No uniforms. No” It’s the police! “The scary Breonna and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker,” Winfrey wrote in the column.
Celebrities like Winfrey have been using their platforms in recent months to continue the conversation about Taylor’s death and demand the arrest of police officers behind him. The WNBA has dedicated its season to Taylor and the Say Her Name movement.
This editorial decision is a key turning point for O Magazine. Its parent company, Hearst Magazines, announced on Wednesday that the magazine will become “more digital-focused”. December. Publication “O” will be the last monthly printed edition. Instead, the company will focus more on sharing stories on its website.
“Oh, Oprah magazine was launched as a personal growth guide to help women live the best life,” Lucy Kaylin, editor-in-chief, said in a statement. “As we begin this next chapter, we will look back at the moments that are most important to brand DNA and deepen our connection with our loyal readers.”
The September issue will be released on August 11th.