Too Short and E-40 Celebrate Holidays with Youth UpRising Members


Coast rap fixtures Too Short and E-40 are creating Christmas memories for East

Oakland, CA. youth through their involvement with Youth UpRising's (YU) second

annual end-of-session holiday party and showcase.The

rappers will co-sponsor the gathering, which will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday (Dec.

22) at Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Activities

include DJ, dance and vocal performances as well as raffle-prize giveaways and

special presents handed out to YU members in celebration of their academic, artistic,

and personal achievements.Youth

UpRising is an East Oakland-based 25,000 square foot facility which offers youth-leadership

opportunities, job-skills training, and enrichment activities to more than 2,000

members - primarily to low-income youth of color between the ages of 13 and 24.The

annual party and showcase provide an opportunity for YU staff to not only acknowledge

its most committed young members, but also allow members to show off new skills

honed in fall classes on film production, beat-making, DJing, and urban dance.The

event, which also receives assistance from Alameda County and the City of Oakland,

is hosted by members of YU's RiseUP Radio Broadcasting class. Class

members will distribute prizes and introduce scheduled individual and group talent

that will perform. In addition, Corner's Café, YU's in-house youth-staffed

eatery, will cater the party with home-style soul food.Age-appropriate

gifts and cash-donations to purchase gifts are welcome.