“Maynard” the Movie…. empowers and celebrates strong 💪🏽 Leadership…in the most BRILLIANT Way!

Let me see now….

Where should I start….🤔

Oh yes…. I know… I’ll just cut to the chase…. and make it plain….

*** “You HAVE to GO… and See…****

✨✨✨MAYNARD!!!! ✨✨

You MUST GO…and you CAN find a way to see this film…. 🎬🎥

To my native ATLANTANS….. I will accept NO EXCUSE‼️

The life and legacy… of Maynard Holbrook Jackson

has had a SIGNIFICANT impact on my beloved ❤️ hometown of

ATLANTA, GEORGIA….🍑🥜🏅🌃🌠

Before… I share a few details about this GREAT historical film…

I have to set the foundation of this blog by saying ***ATLANTA*** is unique from any other progressive major city… because while it is a busy metropolitan area… with numerous businesses….Respected Colleges and Universities… (HBCU’s) Historic Landmarks…Churches…Outstanding Schools… education programs…(at every level), Recreational spots… world famous restaurants… entertainment venues… Television & Motion picture studios… One of the LARGEST National… and International airports… also named in honor of the man…

**** Hartsfield-Jackson airport****

But wait…. there’s more…. Atlanta has spectacular Sports teams…Home base of famous artists/entertainers… athletes… I’m talking BRIGHT ⭐️ stars…(and a lot of other important folks), Popular Television Shows, Upscale neighborhoods… entertainment hot spots…and so much more!

With this said… those of us FROM “Atlanta” never forget one thing:

It’s all established in THE SOUTH!!!

A “NEW” kind of south…tho…but southern to it’s core…

Traditions…core values…. come from a proud and RICH heritage…

It’s a NEW DAY!!!! and my beloved city of Atlanta… has gone through A LOT of growing pains…

It’s the cradle of the civil rights movement… It’s a legacy forever influenced by DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR….

….. and MAYNARD HOLBROOK JACKSON JR ‼️‼️

As for the MODERN DAY ATLANTA…. Jackson’s imprint… will FOREVER BE….

ALL……OVER…..THIS GREAT…CITY!!!!

Maynard H. Jackson Jr. known as a “Lion of a man!” (1938-2003)

…..and in case you have no clue…..if you just heard a “little” bit about this divine leader…

(but don’t know much) -or- if you’ve been living under a rock…. get up…google this film…find out where it’s showing next… make a plan… (claps hand 👏🏽) and GO see this movie…. and everything make sense!!!

Go to: maynardmovie.com for screenings… and updates on the project.

This production features interviews with those who knew him Best! You’ll hear intimate DETAILS about this great man… his pedigree …. and how he came to be ALL THAT HE WAS…how he changed the course of HISTORY!

Mayor Jackson polished up Atlanta…. he brought a LOT of shine to the city…

And you know what??? Atlanta is ***NOW*** the ✨brightest✨ jewel… in the entire southern crown…👑

Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. was an attorney…member of the Democratic Party… and elected in 1973 (the age of 35), as the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia…( My hometown!), and of any major city in the South.

I watched “Maynard” the movie… at it’s Los Angeles..premiere… at #PAFF @paffnow

The Pan African-American Film Festival…

I was filled with great emotion… after watching the film… and felt tremendous pride! I REMEMBERED all the major highlights!

-THIS- man achieved GREATNESS in my lifetime… and I remembered💭 it ALL… The GREAT moments….. and all the unfortunate ones too….

This portion of history lasted from my early childhood… through my high school and college years… and into adulthood…

As a history buff…. I’ve watch tons of documentaries and historic films… but that feeling you get… when these events happened during your LIFETIME… and you can mouth dialogue from key moments… along with folks who said the words……. #PRICELESS!!!

A rush of happiness went through me… watching MAYNARD JACKSON again… He was an articulate handsome… and distinguished gentleman… making his mark in politics!

As a child…. I remember how IMPRESSIVE he was…. His knowledge and wisdom was incredible! He spoke with such ease… and confidence! A powerful speaker… who gave insightful interviews to the press…

This man made a HUGE impression on EVERYONE he met…. He was a true statesman… GENUINE to his core… a very thoughtful and kind person… but don’t get it twisted… He…

did not play! 👊🏽

He truly loved people…. ❤️ and it was so obvious in everything he said… and did..

My heart was filled with so much JOY… and pride knowing that this GREAT LEADER… was from my neighborhood! 🏠 🏡

He lived just a few streets over…. and the BIGGEST smile 😃 would always cover my face…. when we happened to drive by… and Maynard was in his yard… or even getting the mail!

I remember my Dad’s spirit would just light up too…he’d toot the horn… “beep! beep!” We’d wave…👋🏽

Maynard… always sharp & alert… would flash that brilliant smile… and give us a hearty wave back!!!

I was so excited! I remember when Maynard first ran for Mayor…marching around our yard… holding that red & gold “Maynard for Mayor” campaign sign! My face lit up… when I saw it on screen… and this memory came rushing back… 😄

Anyone who happened to drive by… would honk at me… and I would excitedly jump up and down… and wave wildly… shaking the sign up and down shouting “Maynard for Mayor!!!!!” -LOL!!- 😆

**** TRUE STORY!!! 👍🏽*****

I was just a kid…. 👧🏽 but doggone it! Maynard Jackson INSPIRED me!!!

I always listened to my parents speak so highly about him.

I watched him… intently on TV news…. 📺 to his interviews and speeches on WAOK radio.. 📻

We talked about him at West Manor Elementary School….We held mock elections… ((( He always WON… of course! 😉)))

I always noticed the headlines… on the Atlanta Journal and Consitution…. and while I always had to see the comics section…. I was motivated to read all about HIM!!!

I remember the political cartoons… his facial expressions when he was making a point…. I’ll never forget what a fine statesman he was…. his voice was so distinct!

It was clear… and confident… He had a booming impressive voice… that would reverberate in your spirit! I’ll always remember that voice… and to hear it again… in clips during the film… just warmed my heart all over again!

I was filled with emotion… watching every frame of this production…

I shared my excitement too!

Memories…. oh the memories that came rushing back to my soul…

I’m so proud of EVERYONE who made this film possible!!! Especially Maynard’s children…Buzzy..(Maynard Jackson III) and his wife… Wendy Eley Jackson… and his daughter…Executive producer Brooke Jackson Edmond)

Brooke & Buzzy were so impressive… opening up to share their personal thoughts and feelings in this piece…was just great.

I was just so proud of it all ‼️…👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 This Film is Great! I gave it a “10” on the festival scoring sheet… (Geez…That… was a no brainer!)

Maynard Producers, ( Maynard lll & Jason Orr) and Executive Director of the Pan African Film Festival…. Ayuko Babu

I’d been following the development of this project from it’s earliest stages… It turn out to be a three (3) year Labor of Love.. ❤️

…..well worth every second!

Maynard Jackson lll ( Buzzy…a nick-name we’ve called him from childhood), says he woke up out of his sleep… compelled to make a documentary about his Father…

He spoke about his vision to his wife Wendy… a veteran producer in the entertainment industry… of more than 25 years… she shared his enthusiasm…

and the rest is history!!!!

A GREAT account of history… that I’m telling you again… YOU MUST SEE!!!!

I can just envision … that brilliant smile of Maynard’s SHINING✨down from heaven about this project! I told Buzzy… “ I know your Dad is SO PROUD of you!!!”

All the producers will tell you… Maynard’s spirit was definitely involved in this project! They say Maynard would be apart of their meetings!!!

They claim lights would FLASH… while they were planning segents… and discussing certain elements of the film… They’d all just say… “ That’s Maynard!! —He’s Here!” His spirit was most definitely present…

I also have to mention that I was so happy to see the parents of a lot of my hometown friends… and political icons I’ve admired and respected… included in this production.

Maynard Jackson was one of the most DEVOTED public servants I have ever known…. without him….

There would have not been a Barack Obama!!!! These words were spoken out loud at the movie premiere…. and I was like….. you know what?????

*****That’s RIGHT!!!!✊🏽****

His positive image…leadership….and political work record MOST DEFINITELY paved the way!!!! 👊🏽

There are so MANY treasured accounts of Maynard Jackson’s life in this film!

Oh! I also wanted to mention His son…(Buzzy), Maynard Jackson lll, (an incredible musician & drummer) along with another childhood friend… Phil Davis.. arranged the music for this production… #JustAwesome! BoneCrusher is also featured as well..

During Q & A after the screening…Someone asked the question… I was thinking to myself…how did they manage to whittle down Maynard’s incredible life…to fit an hour and a half on screen….???

“It was tough” … said producers… and there is still a LOT of GREAT content leftover… for even more compelling projects! Perhaps… in the future???? Hmmmm…. 🤔 More historic accounts of people… and events from the great city of Atlanta???

I hope so….

After the whirlwind of excitement… and all the accolades… and Awards come from this project….I expect more GREAT things will come… from Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue Films!!!!

I’ll be excited about it… and will support all they do… I hope you will too…. 😉

I challenge you… to round up your families… churches… friends… clubs and organizations… HBCU students, Grads, student groups, Sororities & Fraternities…to pack out the theaters!!! ( Google it! Get the dates and times on Twitter & Instagram too)

As I walked home from the LA screening… after watching “Maynard” the movie… I had a little more PEP in my step! The resilience that ALL Atlantans are born and bred to have… got a much needed BOOST within ME…

Heavens knows…. I’ve had a extremely hard couple of months… weeks in fact.

I’ve been mourning the loss of a LOT of dear friends/ mentors….one after another… and I was feeling devastated!

I’ve been fighting to keep my business up… and running… trying to figure out the next career moves to make…battling the flu… financial burdens…

Sigh….An extremely busy schedule…with places to go… and people to meet! ( A sista is out here in these LA streets trying to make things happen!!!) The good lord knows!!!! 🙌🏽

That being said…I was DETERMINED to see this film…on it’s LA debut!

I rearranged my schedule…canceled some things… and I was THERE!

I hope you’ll make it too… and expose this to as many young people as possible!

Get the latest info at : maynardmovie.com

Children… and teenagers need to share this experience… and have follow up discussions….so they will never forget!

Black History MUST be preserved!!!! We have TOO many contributions and accomplishments that the WORLD 🌎 needs to know about it…

As a native ATLANTAN….. “WE” are raised to KNOW our history‼️

We were told stories… and started telling them ourselves… as soon as we could gather the knowledge…and form the words!

We were taken to the king marches… services…tributes..and those of other great civil rights icons!

We got involved with political campaigns… and other community concerns EARLY!!!

We learned about Black History in our schools… our parents taught us EVERYTHING at home…. our extended families… neighbors friends… civic and social organizations taught us even MORE!!! We made pilgrimages to historic sites…and landmarks!

We were educated -constantly- in our churches…. great leaders lived among us in Atlanta… you’d see them out and about…

There were just so many teachable moments around us… 24-7…

Atlanta natives are special! To this very day… we all feel the responsibility to serve our communities in some way!

To teach… to inspire… and share our history with others….

More memories rushed into my mind…as a TV news reporter… attending NAABJ ( National Association of Black Journalists) Conventions….

I worked my way across the country as a Broadcast journalist… and attended conventions from various places where I was assigned … I always felt privileged to catch up with other black journalists from

“The Mecca” Atlanta…Ga!

The news talent I grew up watching cover Maynard…over the years…inspired ME to become a broadcaster & Journalist!

(And yes! You will see quite a few of those outstanding Atlanta journalists in action in the Maynard Film!!) 👍🏽

At the convention one time…. I remembered hearing someone whisper in a group of people when I walked by… “yeah… she’s from Atlanta!!!” I smiled to myself… and said… and you know this…. Can you tell??!!!

Do you have any clue about how proud I am of my city… and the great people who come from it?!!

I am… who I am…. The resilient spirit 🔥 that I have…. has a lot to do because of the honor! The power! The activism! And the Courage DEMONSTRATED to me… by a man… I will always admire and respect… ✨Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. ✨

May the symbolic “Torch” … with ALL the BRIGHTEST & BEST elements of his life and legacy be passed on… to help future generations… be empowered… and SHINE ON!!!!

~ Evette Dabney

Evette Dabney, Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Sparkle-“E” Entertainment & Promotions

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