NAACP hosting the Jump-OFF Tour in Eugene!

Tuesday, June 1 at 11 a.m. the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting the Jump-OFF Tour in McArthur Court, a free diversity celebration concert aimed to reach out to youths to spread positive messages for a better future.

The Jump-OFF Tour is a volunteer ran event, featuring top 40 radio performers such as Platinum artist Frankie J, Jay Sean, Paloma, Maxso and others. Typically the Jump-OFF tours only in California elementary, middle, and high schools; however, Rachel Parra, NAACP’s local chapter 2nd vice president, worked with promoters to bring it to Eugene, Ore.

Local performer, Lele Parra, is the opening act for the tour. The twelve-year-old Eugene native began singing for the NAACP Jr. ACTSO program last year and is currently a student at the Shedd Performing Arts Institute.

The University of Oregon Department of Equity and Diversity, NAACP’s Youth Council and University of Oregon Student Lauren Short, are teaming up together to bring in sufficient donations to make this concert happen. The University of Oregon is donating facilities for the event, along with covering set up costs. The NAACP is still accepting monetary donations to be used towards the concert.

For more information about the Jump-OFF tour, visit http://www.myspace.com/thejumpofftour.

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I can’t help it, I have fallen in love with Bearbot. The second you hear this girl’s beats you can’t help but move. She never ceases to amaze me. And this song in particular gets it going hard.

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Tough skin only lasts so long.

The weight on my chest lately has been making it hard to breathe. I catch myself as I walking on the sidewalks with headphones in my ears, on the verge of crying. As my eyes water, I’m fighting all of my emotions just to keep it in. I don’t want others to see me like this. I haven’t been sleeping either. I don’t know the last time I was able to fall asleep and not wake up in a state of pure panic. I wake up every hour worrying about everything I need to do. I have so much on my back right now and failure is not an option.

People tell me that they’ve heard this and that about me. To my face, everyone acts like they support me. Yet I hear what people are saying about me behind my back. I see what they are posting online. I remember how they used to treat me before. Haters. All of them. And only because they are jealous and intimidated by me. I’m sorry that I am sick of this mundane life and want something more. I’m sorry that I know what I need to do to make it happen. I’m sorry that I’m trying to make a better life for myself. If you want it so bad then get up and do something.

I won’t forget those people when I make it. Keep running your mouth, I’ll add your name to my list.

I can only depend on myself. My friends are my family, and their support is honestly the only thing keeping me going. I just wish that everyone else had the same support system as I do.

I keep thinking about Suzi. Even though we weren’t the closest, she was one of those people who had such a positive affect on the world around her. It bothers me to know end to know that no one was able to give her the love and support she needed. There were so many red flags, despite what people are saying, and yet they left her on her own. Where was everyone? Where was I? Why didn’t she reach out? What could I have done differently to have prevented this?

Everything is finally starting to catch up to me. I think I might be able to cry soon. I just want everything to happen. I just want everything to workout. I have invested so much of my mental and physical wellbeing into this, I don’t know what I’ll do if it doesn’t happen. I just wish I would get responses back from the people I need to hear from. This is exactly why I hate depending on others. I can’t wait for the day when I won’t have to.

Just got to keep going. Can’t stop. I can do it. I can do it. I can do it.

I would really like a giant hug right now.