It’s been 20 years since Magic officially announced that he was HIV positive, along with his retirement from the NBA, which occurred in 1991.
Magic plans to engage hip-hop artists to speak out against homophobia and discrimination against gays. But the main focus of the coalition will be to raise the level of awareness and to break down the stereotypes about HIV/AIDS.
Magic said that he was closely associated with a number of top artists and executives within the Hip-Hop community and those individuals are involved in the early stages of the new organization.
“What we’re trying to do is reach out to the Hip-Hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing”
“We’re going to come out next year with everybody and we’ll have a nice big press conference and what we’re going to do, what our plan is, because it’s so important that we rally — not just them, either,” Magic said. “I need the Hip-Hop community but I also need the basketball players and football players. We need a little bit of everybody, so that’s what we’re working on now.” Magic Johnson told The Huffington Post.