Magic Johnson Releases Documentary “The Announcement”

Movies & TV

kholmes | March 12, 2012 - 9:00 pm

It’s been 20 plus years since retired Los Angeles Laker Earvin “Magic” Johnson revealed to the world that he was HIV positive. He has remained pretty much silent about the depth of his condition until now.

The 52-year-old has releaed a documentary called “The Announcement,” which focuses on the day when he told the public he was infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Directed by Nelson George and narrated by Johnson himself, Nelson explained that “While he does a lot of speaking about this – and has done so persistently — to really sit down and do a lengthy interview about it and have his wife talk about it, that’s something they’ve avoided. We are very fortunate and quite honored that they agreed to do it at this time.” 

George stated that Johnson hopes to bring more attention to HIV and AIDS with this documentary explaining, “One of the focuses for him is young people,” George said. “The AIDS infection rate for young people, especially among black people, is really bad. He also talks a lot about the idea of drug research. I think there are a couple of agendas for him that are very very powerful.”

The documentary will air on ESPN this coming Sunday (March 18) at 9PM. 

Via: The Marquee Blog