KEY POINTS

  • Oprah Winfrey won't be appearing on the cover of the September issue of the "O: The Oprah Magazine"
  • Breonna Taylor will be featured on the cover instead
  • Taylor died at the age of 26 when three police officers shot her on March 13

Oprah Winfrey has taken the bold decision to step away from the cover of her monthly magazine “O: The Oprah Magazine” to raise awareness for Breonna Taylor, who was a victim of police brutality.  

Taking it to Twitter, the famous TV personality revealed that the September issue of the magazine will feature Breonna on the cover instead of her. This is the first time since the inception of the magazine that the former talk show host will not be featured on the cover.

The 66-year-old media mogul shared a picture of the cover on her official Twitter account and also wrote a touching tribute to the lady who lost her life at the age of 26.

Winfrey wrote that she was just like everybody else who had so many plans for her amazing future. The “Butler” star explained that she often thinks about Breonna.

“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,” Winfrey’s statement on Twitter read.

Winfrey urged everyone to not be “silent” and use whatever platform to demand justice. She said the magazine cover honors the life of Breonna and every other Black woman whose life was “taken” too soon.

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

Taylor, an emergency medical technician (EMT), was shot by three Louisville Police officers on March 13. The 26-year-old was struck eight times and declared dead. A lot of protests took place in the U.S. and people demanded justice for Breonna following her demise.

In June, Louisville, Kentucky Metro council passed Breonna’s law, which bans “no-knock” warrants and requires body cameras to be turned on before and after every search.

Meanwhile, one of the police officers, Brett Hankison, who fired shots at Breonna, has been fired from the Louisville Police Department.

Oprah Winfrey Before the was the talk show queen, O won the Miss Black Tennessee pageant in 1972. Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images