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5/02/2005

 
HIP-HOP JOURNALIST RAHIEM SHABAZZ BEGINS PRODUCTION ON THE SUN WILL RISE

(ATLANTA, GA) The urban romantic comedy THE SUN WILL RISE starring Lil Zane, Dylan (formerly of Bad Boys Da Band), Nina Nicole and Mami Chula begins production APRIL 22 in Atlanta. Written by hip-hop journalist Rahiem Shabazz, THE SUN WILL RISE centers on two furniture movers, Malachi (Zane) and Stephon (Dylan) who land a record deal with a local rap mogul. But when Malachi falls for the moguls daughter Arnelle (Nicole), drastic measures are needed to save the recording contract and keep the girl.

THE SUN WILL RISE is directed by Byron Horne, who co-wrote and directed the 1999 independent blockbuster Dollar starring MC Breed, comedians Ryan Cameron and Bruce Bruce. The film sold over 100,000 units nationwide with talks of a sequel coming soon.

Over 500 actors and actresses turned out to the casting call for THE SUN WILL RISE. "The people of Atlanta are really looking forward to this movie, says Micah White, Editor-In-Chief of Urban Enterprise Magazine. After reading the script, filmmaker Ray Culpepper (Big Ain't Bad, The Naked Truth) said, "Malachi is a fabulous protagonist and Arnelle is his ideal counterpart. Remarkable script". And according to the CEO/Founder of Break Magazine, "Shabazz shows a willingness to write for today's generation. He has not let us down. Its the best script Ive read thus far.

Veteran producers Ron-G, Kyze, Dame Grease, Carlos Broady and Ty-Boogie are slated to appear on the soundtrack to THE SUN WILL RISE as well as rappers Lil Zane, Dylan, and Sec Cheddar.

Sean Anthony Anderson who will oversee the production of the entire film as managing producer while Rahiem Shabazz will serve as executive producer.

About the Cast

Lil Zane plays the lead role of Malachi. Zane is known for his 2000 rap album Young World: The Future on Priority Records. Hes also appeared in films such as Finding Forrester with Sean Connery, Dr. Dolittle 2 with Eddie Murphy and The Fighting Temptations with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding.

Dylan plays Stephon, Malachis partner-in-rhyme. Dylan is mostly recognized for what is often described as his rebellious behavior during the taping of MTVs Making The Band 2 which spawned the short-lived rap group Da Band. Dylan brings that same attention-getting charisma to the big screen.

Nina Nicole plays the role of Arnelle, the beautiful daughter of a local rap mogul. Nicole is a model and actress who began her career by appearing in videos for Lil Jons "Get Low" and "What You Gon Do," as well as Youngbloods "Damn" and the Ying Yang Twins "What's Happenin. Nicoles face has graced the pages of such magazines as The Source, Smooth, Street Masters, Upscale, Black Men, 3XS Magazine, and Mo Girls USA 2004 "Sports Zone" calendar. She is also the lead actress in Towanda Kilpatrick's hit musical "Can A Hoochie Mama Be A First Lady?" and starred in the hit Internet movie Lewd Behavior.

Mami Chula, radio personality at Atlantas Hot 107.9 FM, appears as herself in this film. Shock-jock, ghetto guru, and radio scandal-monger are just a few of the titles she is known to carry.

Rahiem Shabazz is a recognized hip-hop journalist with credentials in writing video treatments, movie scripts, bios and press releases. After penning three movie scripts, Shabazz has wasted no time in working on his first novel about his life story. In the novel, Shabazz re-introduces readers to the early days of hip-hop and details his childhood and his journey to becoming one of the industrys most sought-after journalists. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (Atlanta Chapter) and the Atlanta Screenwriters Circle.

Press Contact:
RaSha Ent.
Phone : 404.484.2706
Email: rahiemshabazz@yahoo.com




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