Breonna Taylor to cover September issue of Oprah Magazine

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TORONTO – For the first time in 20 years, someone other than Oprah Winfrey herself will be on the cover of the media mogul’s eponymous magazine. The September issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine” will pay tribute to Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency worker who was shot dead by Louisville police in March. Taylor’s name has become a rallying cry for anti-racist protesters seeking justice after police executed a search warrant on his apartment as part of a narcotics investigation. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, officers fired 20 bullets at Taylor’s apartment, hitting her multiple times.

Subsequent search found no drugs inside the apartment and the use of lethal force in this situation has been questioned by citizens and lawmakers. Taylor’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department, as the public continues to demand accountability from the police.

“She was like me. She was like you. And like all those who die unexpectedly, she had plans, ”Winfrey said in an Instagram post announcing the new cover.

“Imagine if three unidentified men broke into your house while you were sleeping. And your partner drew a gun to protect you. And then the chaos. What I know for sure: we cannot remain silent, ”she added. “We must use the megaphone we have to demand justice. And that’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue pays tribute to her life and the lives of all the other black women whose lives were taken too soon.

The upcoming September issue is special not only because it’s the first without Winfrey on the cover, but it’s also one of the very last covers, as the magazine will be ending regular print editions in December.

An announcement declaring the shift to a “more digital” vision for the brand was made earlier this week. Winfrey started the magazine with Hearst in 2000 and continues to work today as the company’s editorial director.

The image that appears on the September cover of Taylor posing in her Louisville EMS shirt was created by 24-year-old self-taught artist Alexis Franklin. “I’m so happy to play a small part in the long-changing, world-changing narrative about racial injustice and police brutality,” Franklin told O, responding to praise from the cover.

The September issue will be available for purchase and download on August 11.

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