On Thursday, November 7, 1991, Earvin “Magic” Johnson made people stop and watch at the Forum in Inglewood, California. But it wasn’t his basketball brilliance that was captivating audiences worldwide. Instead, he was holding a press conference to make the stunning announcement that he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from basketball immediately. Many believed this was a death sentence. Magic is proving people wrong, and is truly living and prospering. In “The Announcement,” Nelson George and NBA Entertainment get to the core of this incredible personal journey and explore how he continues to thrive two decades later.
Director(s): Nelson George
Executive Producer(s): Connor Schell, Dion Cocoros
Producer(s): Rudy Crew, Andy Billman
Cinematographer: Eric Wycoff
Editor(s): Zak Levitt
Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture.
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