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The Announcement


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

Director Bio

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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