Kiyan Anthony, the 13-year-old son of NBA star Carmelo Anthony and actress La La Anthony, has come forward to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black Kentucky resident who was murdered on March 13 when police officers broke into her house and shot her to death as she slept.
Kiyan and Carmelo Anthony appeared together on the cover of the July special edition of SLAM. The cover has the father-son duo wearing black hoodies with the words, “IT STOPS NOW.” In a recent Instagram video his mother shared, Kiyan spoke about the significance of being on the cover of SLAM and called for the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.
“It’s Kiyan Anthony, and I’m honored to be on the cover of SLAM magazine with my dad. This cover represents Black Lives Matter and all the senseless killings that’s been going throughout and police brutality,” Kiyan said in the video. “I stand with the families who have suffered and lost a family member and arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. This stops now.”
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Drawing strength from the past. Fighting for justice in the present. Demanding equality for the future. THIS IMAGE IS POWERFUL. Thank you @slam for this cover with my son & his hero and for having @carmeloanthony as your guest editor. This is a MUST READ & pls share. #itstopsnow #stayme7o
La La Anthony captioned the post: “Proud of my son Kiyan for speaking about the importance of being on the cover of @slam magazine. He said it best “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor‼️” #justiceforbreonnataylor.” The July special issue of SLAM that Carmelo and his son covered had him as a guest Editor-in-chief and contained an emotionally charged letter he wrote on the evils of police brutality and racism. Carmelo’s letter read in part:
“I CAN’T BREATHE! I STILL CAN’T BREATHE! MY ARMS ARE UP SIR! What did I do? Can you please tell me what I’ve done? Will you ever take your knee off our necks? Is it because I’m Black? Does that scare you? Am I intimidating? What is it? WHAT IS IT?” wrote Carmelo. “You know what: ENOUGH is ENOUGH.”