If, like me, you were too busy checking for Oprah’s interview with Whitney Houston’s family to watch much of anything else on Sunday night, you missed out on a documentary that has critics talking and HIV/AIDS activists offering praise. The good news: it will re-air later this week.
“The Announcement,” a documentary about Magic Johnson’s life before and after revealing to the world that he had contracted HIV, is directed by Nelson George and consists of archival footage and interviews with Magic, his wife Cookie, colleagues, and medical experts. It’s easy to forget how, over twenty years ago, the fact that Magic had AIDS sounded like a death sentence and certainly something to be ashamed of. One could argue that no one at his level of influence has ever been so forthcoming with his HIV status, and in doing so Magic became part of history by changing the stigma surrounding the disease. Check out the trailer below:
The Announcement will re-air on Thursday evening on ESPN and I have so many questions. What was Cookie thinking and feeling during this time? Who is the woman who infected him and is she healthy and alive? What is the truth behind claims that Magic “no longer has the disease”?