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Amy Sherald Donates $1M From Her Breonna Taylor Portrait To University Of Louisville Students Pursuing Social Justice

The legacy of Breonna Taylor continues to live on. In September 2020, Amy Sherald paid tribute with a cover portrait for Vanity Fair following the tragic loss in March of that year. Now, the artist is using the portrait’s proceeds to pay it forward to Taylor’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. According to UofLNews, Sherald donated $1 million of the art earnings toward scholarships for law students at the University of Louisville. The funding is set to be specifically for students who are committed to social justice. “I have long held the belief of the transformative power of education and its ability to foster new conversations and accelerate societal growth,” Sherald shared in a statement, according to UofLNews. “With support from the Heartland Foundation and the Ford Foundation it has become possible for me to realize those beliefs.” She added, “I have created this trust to help unblock the challenges historically faced by students pursuing the work of social justice and public...

Apr 18, 2022

Twitter Under Hot Water For Allegedly Censoring Breonna Taylor-Related Tweets and Accounts

Yesterday, a grand jury declined to bring serious charges against the officers — former detective Brett Hankison, Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove — responsible for the shooting that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s death in Kentucky. As a result, social media saw an explosion of posts from frustrated users upset with the jury’s decision, all with an underlying message that justice has yet to be served for Breonna Taylor. Amid the flood of Breonna Taylor posts, Twitter users began reporting strange glitches with their accounts, including messages of account restrictions, suspensions, purged accounts, and deleted tweets almost immediately following any mention of her name in tweets. “I got messaged quickly that my account was tweeting suspiciously after I had a tweet with [Breonna Taylor’s] full name,” said Howard Nedrick Jr. “I had to prove I wasn’t a bot.” Another user, @aldendelena , reported something similar and her account remains restricted as of Sept. 24. “After I...

Sep 24, 2020

Louisville Appoints First Black Woman Police Chief Amid Breonna Taylor Protests

Louisville, Kentucky has been grappling with the ongoing protests against police violence in the city in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s death that has swept the entire nation. Over 100 days later and citizens continue to keep saying Breonna’s name seeking the justice she deserves. To move Louisville’s police force in a new direction, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Yvette Gentry — new interim police chief — as the first Black woman to serve as the police chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department, the New York Post reports . Gentry will be taking over for Interim Chief Robert Schroeder — who has only held the position for four months — as he’s set to retire at the end of September, according to BET . Gentry previously worked in the city’s department and rose to the ranks of deputy chief before retiring back in 2014. She shared that she’s returning to the force for “all of you that urged me to take this position and try to move the needle,” in an emotional speech...

Sep 9, 2020

Oprah Gives Up 'O' Magazine Cover For the First Time to Honor Breonna Taylor

For the first time in the publication’s history, O: The Oprah Magazine will not feature Oprah Winfrey on its cover. Instead, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor is the September cover star. Winfrey revealed the artwork, created by 24-year-old digital artist Alexis Franklin , on Thursday with a message: “I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping,” she writes of the reported incident that led to Taylor’s death. “And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem.” #BreonnaTaylor for @oprahmagazine — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 30, 2020 Taylor was killed by plainclothes Louisville police in her home on March 13. As protestors worldwide continue to fight for justice for Taylor’s death, the officers—Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove—have still not been arrested and charged for her murder. “What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we...

Jul 30, 2020

This Black Activist Created An Online Platform to Demand Justice For Breonna Taylor

For weeks, the public has expressed constant outrage at the miscarriage of justice on behalf of Breonna Taylor. Taylor — a victim of police violence who was shot asleep in her home — has yet to have proper justice sought out for her wrongful death. The officers involved in the shooting — Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove — are still free as the world calls for action to be taken by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Despite this, there are still leaders fighting on her behalf, including L.A. activist and Detroit native Jelani Curtis — who created an online platform to provide easy steps to demand justice, Detroit Free Press reports . Curtis, who took this as a personal challenge to do right by Taylor, created the platform as an act of solitude and a way to use his skills for good. “Me, as a creative person who’s used to solving problems on a daily basis, I was kind of beating my head against the wall like there has to be some idea that can kind of...

Jul 24, 2020