TV icon Oprah Winfrey has just made history with her O Magazine. The Hollywood mogul has ended her streak of appearing on the cover to honor the life of slain Kentucky Black woman Breonna Taylor.
Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor
Heading into Friday, Oprah’s social media channels revealed an emotionally-driven O Magazine tribute to Taylor. The September 2020 issue features Breonna and dishes on the importance of not only getting justice for her family but pushing for an end to racism.
“For the first time in 20 years, @oprah has given up her O Magazine cover to honor Breonna Taylor. She says, “Breonna Taylor. 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. 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. 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. I cry for justice in her name.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about Oprah’s tribute to Breonna—and her recent conversation with her mother, Tamika Palmer. Breonna: This one’s for you 🙏🏽 The September issue will be available wherever you buy or download your magazines on 8/11. (🎨: @alexis_art)” -O Magazine’s Instagram
On Thursday, activist Tamika Mallory fully went in on hip-hop producer JW Lucas – who is known for producing songs for DaBaby and Lil Uzi Vert – after he made racist comments about Breonna in a series of tweets. She refused to let Lucas put any dirt or disrespect on the memory of Taylor.
Shortly before the above video, Mallory went into an Instagram Live with Lucas. She vowed to let all of JW’s hip-hop affiliates know he has a racist outlook of the world.
Within the video’s comments, various hip-hop artists and celebrities spoke up in her defense.
“That boy dun just crossed the line… You ain’t gotta say nothing else @tamikadmallory” -Royce Da 5’9
“We w you 1000% @tamikadmallory” -Matt Barnes
“Folks really should monitor their tone when talking to Queen Mallory……” Charlamagne Tha God
“This wasnt ok..” -Mysonne
Wait, There’s More
The drama ultimately stems from JW Lucas going onto his Twitter page to speak on Breonna Taylor. Lucas questioned the world’s push to have the officers responsible for her murder and even tried to paint her in a negative light.
Before You Go
In September 2018, JW Lucas came forward to speak on his issues with racial categories. He pitched the idea of people looking beyond race and realizing skin color shouldn’t make a difference across the globe.
“When I say I want to dead races, it’s because if you don’t identify race, then there’s no racism and inequality – it’s color. I’m the hardest dude you’ve ever met in your life – on God, I’ll say, I’m white, who gives a f*ck what color I am? Skin color means nothing, bro.” (Producer Grind Podcast)
Despite Lucas’ downplaying of Breonna Taylor’s life and cause of death, the hip-hop community has continued to push for justice. Rap stars including Meek Mill and T.I. have publicly urged for Taylor’s killers to be arrested.