“We cannot remain silent,” Winfrey wrote a statement that accompanied the revelation. “We have to use any megaphone that we have to cry for justice. That’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O. The September issue honors her life and the lives of every other black woman whose life was adopted too soon. “
Digital artist Alexis Franklin created the cover image.
“I am so happy to be able to play a small role in this long-awaited, world-changing story of racial injustice and police brutality,” Franklin told O magazine. Looking at it, I see innocence, simple but strong. It was important for me to keep it. ”
Taylor was shot eight times after police officers in Louisville, Kentucky closed the door to their apartment and carried out a night order during a drug investigation on March 1
3. One of the three officers involved in her shooting was fired, but none of them were fired. accused or arrested.
Winfrey’s last column advocates readers to “continue the fight” for Taylor. It outlines several calls for action, including the signing of a Change.org petition calling for justice, calling elected officials, donating to the Louisville Community Bail Fund, and using the #SayHerName hashtag on social media.
“We know how Breonna died. On March 13, Louisville police entered her apartment in the middle of the night. No uniforms. No “This is the police! “Terrifying Breonna and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker,” Winfrey wrote in the column.
Celebrities like Winfrey have been using their platforms in recent months to hold a conversation about Taylor’s death and call for the arrest of police for her. The WNBA dedicated its season to the Taylor movement and the Say Her Name movement.
This editorial decision comes at an important point for O magazine. Its parent company, Hearst Magazines, announced on Wednesday that the magazine will be “more digital focused”. The December issue of O will be its last monthly issue. Instead, the company will focus more on sharing stories on its website.
“Oh, The Oprah Magazine was launched as a personal growth guide to help women live the best lives,” said editor Lucy Kaylin in a statement. “As we begin this next chapter, we will lean toward the moments that are key to DNA tags and deepen our connection with our faithful readers.”
The September issue comes out on August 11th.