For the first time in her magazine’s 20-year history, Oprah has announced she is stepping aside from her usual place on the cover of “O” magazine for the month of September, to make way for a face and name that have dominated the headlines in recent weeks: Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman murdered by police in March.
“We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice,” Oprah wrote in a statement on Thursday.
Taylor’s name has received attention in recent weeks after an outpouring of calls on social media for her killers—Louisville, Ky., police officers Brett Hankison, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgroveto—to face consequences for her murder.
Taylor’s name has also been invoked alongside the #SayHerName hashtag and movement, which aims to draw attention to Black women who are victims of police brutality—who…