Tupac's dead, but you can meet his cousin this weekend.

43-year-old William Lesane is the cousin and former personal assistant of Tupac Shakur. He'll be in Bermuda as part of the United Bermuda Party's Easter weekend celebrations.

Instead of their usual one day kite celebration at Horseshoe Bay, this year the events have been expanded, starting on Thursday and continuing until Sunday, April 8.

Everything begins on April 5, when Mr. Lesane will visit high schools. He will also be the keynote speaker at a United Dance Productions event. Following that, there will be a meet and greet at the Mr. Chicken restaurant, which will be broadcast live on Power 95. The organizers stress that Mr. Lesane will be there not only to talk, but to listen to concerns or issues teenagers have.

Mr. Lesane is the Manager and Youth Coordinator at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. There, he counsels youth on issues ranging from Conflict Resolution to how to cope with life on the streets.

As cousin and personal assistant to the late great Tupac Shakur, Mr. Lesane has an extensive background in the music industry. In 2000, he founded 4Ever Family Music, a record store and studio that evolved into a safe haven for inner city young men and women and offered a place for them to record their music.

4Ever Family Music is now a staple in the community and offers young people the opportunity to succeed and a chance to believe in themselves.

Currently, Mr. Lesane is also developing a series for cable television based on his and Tupac's life.

On Friday, Young United Bermuda will host their annual Good Friday event at Horseshoe Bay Beach from 11am to 4pm. The day will include kite-flying, of course, a top-spinning competition and a special talent competition judged by Mr. Lesane, Suzette Harvey and Lady Tyson.

The five artists participating have already been selected and include Bermuda Idol runner-up Larrita Adderley.

The winner of the competition will receive the chance to visit Atlanta where they will take part in activities at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts.

Robyn Swan, a member of Young United Bermuda, said: "We brought Mr. Lesane in because he had experience with gang violence and getting caught up in gangs.

"Now he's a Christian and he's a motivational speaker who speaks out against gang violence. He does a ministry outreach for teenagers and youth."

On Saturday, Young United Bermuda will hold an after party for the winner of the competition from 10pm to 3am at Docksiders, for those 18 and older.

On Sunday there will be an event at Chewstick Open Mic night from 8pm to 1pm at Champions Sports Club.

President of Young United Bermuda, Kimberley D. Caines said:

"We want to give young people an outlet to express themselves. With this event we've chosen to use the performing arts. We want young people to know that there are avenues for them to express themselves - whether it be about politics or social issues, Young United is interested in engaging in dialogue with them."