Oprah honors Breonna Taylor on cover of magazine
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Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail Winfrey'White privilege' is the biggest white lie of all Oprah Magazine buys 26 billboards demanding Louisville police arrests for Breonna Taylor's death Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for 'lecture' on race: 'What utter, racist BS' MORE’s magazine O used the image of Breonna Taylor, a Black EMT killed by Louisville, Ky., police, for the cover of its newest issue, the first time someone other than Winfrey has graced its cover.

In a statement on Twitter, Winfrey wrote that Taylor was “just like me. 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.”

Winfrey credited the image to Alexis Franklin, a 24-year-old digital artist based in Dallas.


"It was my absolute honor to be asked to do this cover," Franklin said in a tweet Thursday. "My most important project to date."

“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, the Oprah Magazine,” Winfrey added. “The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon.”

Taylor, 26, was fatally shot on March 13 by three officers executing a so-called no-knock search warrant at her apartment. After the officers entered unannounced without identifying themselves, Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker opened fire, and the three returned fire, killing Taylor.

The case gained new attention after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, along with another death of an unarmed Black person, Ahmaud Arbery, in Georgia. Taylor’s is the only case of the three in which no arrests have been made, although one of the officers, Brett Hankison, has been fired.