In unprecedented move Oprah Magazine puts Breonna Taylor on the cover

Oprah Winfrey uses her magazine as the ultimate platform and puts Breonna Taylor, who was brutally murdered by police, and has yet to receive justice, on the cover of the O magazine’s September issue which will highlight racism and policing in America.

Kay Montgomery

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: July 31st 2020 11:34 pm pst

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I’ve been trying to process what can be said or heard in this moment. I haven’t been able to get the image of the knee on his neck out of my head. It’s there every morning when I rise and when I go through the ordinary duties of the day. While pouring coffee, lacing my shoes, and taking a breath, I think: He doesn’t get to do this. And now the video from the other angle of two other officers pinning him down. My heart sinks even deeper. His family and friends say he was a gentle giant. His death has now shown us he had a giant soul. If the largeness of a soul is determined by its sphere of influence, George Floyd is a Mighty soul. #GeorgeFloyd: We speak your name. But this time we will not let your name be just a hashtag. Your spirit is lifted by the cries of all of us who call for justice in your name!

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We love Oprah! The media mogul and philanthropist elicited shock from all corners of the globe when she decided to eschew her magazine’s normal monthly cover girl, herself for slain Kentucky EMT, Breonna Taylor.  Oprah magazine’s cover has run almost consecutively for 20 years, with Oprah on the cover but makes a historic turn this September to shine a spotlight on the late Breonna Taylor who was murdered at the hands of police on March 13th of this year, when her home was served with a no knock warrant. Piecing together details from major news outlets, testimony from witnesses and police reports have found evidence of corruption and a police cover-up, but has yet to result in any charges filed.

In the September issue of the magazine Winfrey includes her reasoning as to why she choose the young, black female EMT worker from Louisville for the cover, she explained,

‘We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice.”

Adding in her “What I Know For Sure” column,

“We can’t be silent. If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”

Well said! We couldn’t agree with Lady O more. 

Winfrey and her editor and chief were looking for a way to bring attention to police brutality against Black people and settled on not only the cover but the entire issue which includes a plethora of resources and conversations about race and policing in America. The issue also covers systematic racism and highlights white privilege as well as anti-racist tools to move readers to action.

Oprah has been concerned about the state of Black America forever and has addressed Covid-19’s inequitable effects on the community on Apple Plus specials. She has also held Town Halls on The OWN Network as well as her new talk show on Apple plus. 

If you want to see more of what Oprah had to say about the path forward during this difficult time, read my other ABTV Loves Oprah article “Oprah Says Civil Unrest is a Wake Up Call for America.”

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Kay Montgomery is a host at Afterbuzz TV who loves sitcoms and is currently embroiled in a vicious debate on Bracketology. She is A Different World devotee and although she has a masters degree in Education from The University of Redlands, she would have given anything to go to fictional Hillman College.

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