Magic Johnson & Freddie Mercury
On November 7th, 1991 with his wife by his side in a packed press conference Earvin “Magic” Johnson made an announcement that had conducted HIV. This announcement not only shocked the sports community but the entire world. Johnson was an absolute icon, he represented so many cultures. He was a small town kid whose father was a General Motors assembly worker; he attended a predominantly white college as an African American, and became a Los Angeles Laker. Johnson was a bigger than life personality, a five team world champion, twelve time NBA all star, and gold medalist in the 1992 Olympics. Johnson made his announce of having HIV in 1991 and would go on to win a gold medal in 1992 despite the concerns of his health. His announcement changed the way Americans looked at HIV forever, before it seemed to be an issue held within the gay community, drug addicts, and was gaining notoriety in the African American community as well. Johnson was a known playboy, loved by women and idolized by men, so his announcement took the issue from being in the confines of small communities to the general public. Johnson never let the disease beat him, while he took time off eventually he and the rest of the United States Olympic basketball team took home a gold medal the summer after his announcement. Johnson is currently a successful businessman and spokesmen for HIV.
Another One Bites the Dust
Freddie Mercury is considered one of the best rock singers of all time. He was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania in 1946 and studied piano. His band’s music reached the top of the United States and British charts. He was known as one of the most innovative singers in the rock era. Freddie wrote the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” and it quickly became a top hit in both the US and Britain. He became close to his fans because he knew how to entertain his audiences and create a special connection with them. Besides being a singer, songwriter and showman, he was also involved in creating the art for the album covers. Although Freddie was public about his bisexuality, he did not share who he was in a relationship with. However, by disappearing from the group in 1989, people started to speculate about health issues. He unfortunately was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987 but continued to perform for his fans even though he was quickly dying. He did not tell the public about his condition until the day before he died in 1991. His legacy was lived on through Queen and other musicians who went on to raise millions of dollars for AIDS research in his memory. A concert for AIDS awareness was held in his memory in 1992 and various performers came to show their support. A song that was not fully finished by Mercury was released in 1995 to show the last album with all the original members. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and made a huge mark on this industry and to American music history.
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