Too $hort and E-40 Christmas at Youth Uprising

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Bay Area rappers will appear in some capacity -- not necessarily rapping -- at Youth Uprising's Second Annual End-of-Session Holiday Party on Friday, December 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 8711 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland. Don't start doing the hyphy dance yet, though. "The party offers a chance for YU staff to acknowledge its most committed young members and for members to show off new skills honed in fall classes on film production, beat-making, DJing, and urban dance." So, it's like a talent show -- a deep East Oakland talent show. Sign-ups for Ghost-Riding The Whip 101 begin in January. See the entire release after the jump.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2006

Rap Stars Too $hort, E-40 Team Up with Youth UpRising To Spread Holiday Cheer among East Oakland Youth

WHAT: Youth UpRising Holiday Party and End-of-Session Showcase

WHEN: Friday, December 22, 4:00pm to 7:30pm

WHERE: Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA

OAKLAND, Calif. - Youth UpRising (YU) plays Santa in East Oakland with the help of Alameda County, the City of Oakland, and rap legends Too $hort and E-40, generous co-sponsors of Youth UpRising's Second Annual End-of-Session Holiday Party. The event showcases talent from YU's media- and performing-arts workshops for youth, who provide the evening's entertainment. Interspersed between DJ, dance, and vocal performances will be raffle-prize giveaways and special presents handed out to YU members in celebration of their academic, artistic, and personal achievements. "The party offers a chance for YU staff to acknowledge its most committed young members and for members to show off new skills honed in fall classes on film production, beat-making, DJing, and urban dance."

Members of YU's RiseUP Radio Broadcasting class serve as hosts for the evening, distributing prizes and introducing the wide array of individual and group talent scheduled to perform. YU's own in-house youth-staffed eatery, Corner's Café, will cater the festivities, serving up a generous dose of home-style soul food for partygoers to enjoy.

About Youth UpRising Opened in May 2005, Youth UpRising is a 25,000-square-foot facility in deep East Oakland offering youth-leadership opportunities, job-skills training, and enrichment activities to over 2000 members - primarily to low-income youth of color between the ages of 13 and 24. The center's media-arts and performance workshops are part of YU's comprehensive programming in Career & Education, Art & Culture, and Health & Wellness, integrated under one roof to best serve this largely underserved population. Youth UpRising is dedicated to building healthy and economically robust communities by developing the leadership potential of young people.

Age-appropriate gifts and cash-donations to purchase gifts are welcome.

Contact: Chloe Mays Youth UpRising Media Relations Liaison (510) 779-9909, ext. 130 or (510) 777-9949 fax cmays@youthuprising.org

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