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Solange Knowles Pens Emotional Birthday Tribute To Breonna Taylor

Taylor would have turned 27 on June 5.

Solange Knowles joined the chorus of beautiful tributes to Breonna Taylor on what should have been her 27th birthday on Friday (June 5).

“I want to be more like you Breonna Taylor. A better sister, friend, and human. More kind. More positive. More intentional,” wrote Solo. “Less judgmental. Less phased by shit that doesn’t matter. More dependable and moving with more care, light, and love.

“Your friends and cousin say that you were the ‘show up and never disappoint’ friend...that you would throw all negativity out the door. I wish you were there with them all today celebrating. You should be with them all here celebrating in all your radiance. I don’t know WHERE [the f**k] I’d be without my sisters and reading about your life, I know you were all their rock.”

In closing, the “Cranes in the Sky” singer shouted out Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, as well as her sister, relatives, and friends to thank them “for sharing her with the world today.” Solo also thanked and Eva Lewis for writing a Teen Vogue story where Taylor’s loved ones opened up about her life and legacy.

“She always said she was destined for greatness, and now she will be a part of history,” said Palmer.

Taylor was murdered by officers from the Louisville Police Department on March 13.  None of the officers have been arrested.

In commemoration of her birthday, social media has been flooded with tributes and calls for justice. A Change.org petition demanding the arrest of Louisville officers John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and any other “involved in the death and coverup” of her death has reached 4.5 million signatures.

A GoFundMe page launched by Taylor’s family has raised over $4 million and counting, and multiple demonstrations are scheduled to be held this weekend in Taylor's honors.

Check below for tributes from Solange, Megan Thee Stallion, Beyonce, Cardi B, Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, Tika Sumpter, and more.

 

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I want to be more like you Breonna Taylor. A better sister, friend, and human. More kind. More positive. More intentional. Less judgmental. Less phased by shit that doesn’t matter. More dependable and moving with more care, light, and love. Your friends and cousin say that you were the “show up and never disappoint” friend...that you would throw all negativity out the door. I wish you were there with them all today celebrating. You should be with them all here celebrating in all your radiance. I don’t know WHERE tf I’d be with out my sisters and reading about your life, I know you were all their rock. Ms. Tamika Palmer, Ju’Niyah ,Katrina ,Alena ,Erinicka ,Clarissa, Preonia, Shatanis.... thank you all for sharing her with the world today. I hope we are all doing due justice by lifting her spirit up in light today. Thank you Eva Lewis for writing a piece that illustrated her beautiful power. I want to be more like you Breonna. Happy Birthday beautiful one 🌹

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Happy birthday breonna 💙 #breonnataylor

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🗣Today would’ve been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday 🗣She was a full-time EMT at TWO hospitals in Louisville, KY 🗣She was an essential worker🗣She was an aspiring nurse & dedicated her life at an early age to helping others 🗣HER KILLERS police officers Jon Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove have not been arrested or fired 🗣She was shot to death in her own home asleep! 🗣Her killers claim “they had the wrong house” 🗣the suspect they were looking for was already in Custody 🗣The police did not knock and were not in uniform 🗣Please help her family get justice 🗣Call 502-696-5300 and tell Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron that your birthday wish for Breonna is that the officers are arrested, charged, and convicted of the murder of BREONNA TAYLOR 🗣SPEAK UP FOR BLACK WOMEN 🗣#SAYHERNAME #justiceforbreonnataylor #defundthepolice sign:standwithbre.com

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Justice for Breonna. Click the link in my bio to take action.

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