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For the first time in 20 years, Oprah won’t be featured on the cover of her magazine. Here’s why

‘What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice,’ Winfrey said. ’And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.’

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For the first time, Oprah Winfrey won’t appear on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Instead, the honor will be given to Breonna Taylor.

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For the first time, Oprah Winfrey won’t appear on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Instead, the honor will be given to Breonna Taylor.

Since the magazine’s first publication in 2000, Winfrey has been on the cover of each issue. But the upcoming September issue is different.

Winfrey doesn’t want people to forget about Taylor or her story any time soon, according to Today, writing, “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.”

Winfrey said she wants to use her platform to advocate for racial justice.

“What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice,” she said, according to ABC News. “And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.”

In the upcoming issue, Winfrey also shares details of a conversation she had with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and her struggles in dealing with her daughter’s death, according to O Magazine.

“I can’t stop seeing her face. Her smile. It’s what I miss most about her,” Palmer said about her daughter. “I still can’t grasp the concept of her being gone. It feels so surreal. I’m still waiting for her to come through the door.”

The issue also discusses how people can continue fighting for justice in Taylor’s name, including signing petitions, calling representatives and spreading awareness, according to ABC News.

O Magazine’s September issue featuring Taylor will be available on newsstands Aug. 11.