For the first time in its 20-year history, Oprah Winfrey will not be on the cover of O. The September issue’s cover will pay tribute to Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was killed by police in March.
“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 magazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon.”
Digital artist Alexis Franklin created the cover art. She told O magazine.
“I am so happy to play a small part in this long-overdue, world-changing narrative on racial injustice and police brutality.
The original photo is one Breonna took herself and has been featured in the news many times. Looking at it, I see an innocence, simple but powerful. It was critical for me to retain that.”
Celebrities like Winfrey have in recent months been using their platforms to keep the conversation going about Taylor’s death and to call for the arrest of the police officers behind it.
The WNBA dedicated its season to Taylor and the #SayHerName movement.
Its parent company Hearst Magazines announced Wednesday that O magazine will become “more digital-centric.”
Editor-in-Chief Lucy Kaylin said in a statement.
“O, The Oprah Magazine launched as a personal growth guide to help women live their best lives. As we embark on this next chapter, we will lean into moments that are central to the brand’s DNA and deepen the connection with our loyal readers.”
The December issue of O will be its last monthly print edition. The September issue comes out August 11.
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Breonna Taylor. She 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. I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: 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 @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.