It’s been over 20 years since Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive and changed the face of AIDS. “Because of the HIV virus I have attained,” he said. “I will have to retire from the Lakers.” But he didn’t retire from life, as he became a successful businessman, a television host, an advocate and a grandfather.
Magic and his wife Cookie talk about how difficult that day was and the events that led up to it in the documentary “The Announcement”, directed by Nelson George.
“It’s not so much what people said about him, it’s how he felt and what people did to him,” George said. “Be it people dis-inviting him to their restaurant or dealing with how [the drug] AZT affected his body. It’s an inside-out view as opposed to the things you might have heard discussed on talk radio.”
Chris Rock takes a candid look at the world and business of black hair in his documentary Good Hair.
With celebrities like Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Megan Good, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton offering their views on ‘good hair’ via relaxers and weaves, the film looks like it’s bringing the LOLs!
Blindie especially likes the discussion on weave sex by Nia Long, and you can never fail with Mr. Mooney’s deadpan delivery (while rocking an super-sized afro wig): “If your hair is relaxed, white people are relaxed…if your hair is nappy, they’re not happy!”
New York-based fashion designer (and friend of Blindie) Nary Manivong debuted his latest collection at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and Blindie got a hold of his recent interview with famed photog Patrick McMullan for NBC.
For those who don’t know Manivong yet, the Columbus-bred designer has lived a life that could be made into a hit rags-to-riches story (in fact, a documentary based on his life, titled Dressed, will be debuting at film festivals this spring): At 14, the Laotian American designer, his twin brother and two younger siblings were homeless, abandoned by their parents and Manivong did his best to support himself and his siblings.
After graduating from high school, the ambitious youngster moved to New York with $200 in his pocket and a dream of becoming a designer. Blindie is ecstatic to see that Manivong is making moves this season with his strongest collection yet–and a spirit that helps fuel the craziness that is New York.