Oprah Magazine Features Breonna Taylor on the Cover
O: The Oprah Magazine has covered a wide swath of American culture since it started 20 years ago, but all of its 241 issues have had one thing in common: Oprah Winfrey, the publication’s founder and editorial director, has been on the cover.
That will change with the September issue, which will be available on newsstands Aug. 11. The new cover, unveiled Thursday, features a portrait of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was shot and killed by the police in her home in Louisville, Ky., in March.
Ms. Winfrey started an essay for the issue with her name, writing:
“She was just like me. She was just like you.”
Ms. Winfrey ended the essay by explaining why she had decided to give up the cover spot of her namesake magazine: “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 O magazine.”
Along with George Floyd, the Black man who was killed by a Minneapolis officer in May, Ms. Taylor has been a central figure for protesters who have taken to the streets to demonstrate against racism and police violence in recent months.