For the first time in two decades, American talk show star Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her magazine, O.
Instead, Breona Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, will appear in the September issue. The medic was killed by police, who entered her apartment earlier this year.
“She was like me. She was like you,”
Ms. Taylor’s name is prominent in anti-racist protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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“Imagine if three unidentified men broke into your home while you slept. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then severe damage,” Winfrey said in an article on the magazine’s website.
“We have to use any megaphone to cry for justice. And that’s why Breona Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.”
Winfrey added that the cover illustration, created by digital artist Alexis Franklin, captured “not just a likeness, but a soul.”
The cover release in September came after the magazine’s publisher announced that the print edition of O would end in December, but added that the issue would continue online.
A police officer involved in the attack on Ms. Taylor’s home has been fired but is appealing the decision. Two other employees remain in their posts.
Demonstrators called for charges for Ms. Taylor’s death.
What happened to Mrs. Taylor?
Breona Taylor was an emergency medical technician who lived in Louisville, Kentucky.
She and her boyfriend were at home in bed when police entered her apartment shortly after midnight on March 13.
The officers acted on a so-called knockout order, which allowed them to enter the home without warning.
Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, who has a gun license, fired during the incident, saying later that he believed there were intruders in the home.
Ms. Taylor died after being shot eight times by police.
No drugs were found in the property. A lawsuit filed by Ms. Taylor’s family said officers did not search for her or her partner, but for an unrelated suspect who did not live in the complex and was already in custody.