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RVA concert combats bullying with aspiring performing artists

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Thousands of young people in Richmond are joining together to stop the bullying, with music as the main force behind their effort. Some of the hottest young acts in the U.S. took the stage in Richmond, Sunday, near the city's Coliseum. It was the first rally to Stop the Bullying, sponsored by the Jefferson Davis Neighborhood Civic Association.    

Nearly 2,500 young people vowed to take an anti-bullying pledge, while rocking out to their favorite stars performing live. Many of those performers volunteered to cross the country to sing in RVA.

4EY The Future, a young group from Washington, D.C., wowed the crowd. The artists also made sure to keep the motivation behind the concert real.

"Just lead by example. There's no call for bullying, especially cyber bullying... We just want to start the peace, put down the weapons and be positive," said 4EY The Future member Demetrius Mechie.

Fan Tatyanna Brown had to take a stance against bullying at a very young age, when she was brutally picked on in grade school.

"I had black eyes coming home...People's self esteem gets destroyed by bullying," said Tatyanna, who was overjoyed to join in the positivity felt throughout the concert.

"[This concert] shows that people are really motivated to help others," said another fan, Chris Elston.

Rally organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout next year. They plan to choose a different issue impacting young people in which to raise awareness.

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