About Shirley

Perspectives are found in the oddest of places, Shirley found hers through taking small pieces from nine childhood homes, each with something new for her to discover. Truth is, Shirley Bolden is quite biased saying she's just learned to craft her words in ways to make everyone agree with her.
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What Trayvon Martin Means to Me & Should Mean to You, with LOVE from Detroit

One of Shetroit’s youngest bloggers, Shirley Bolden, wrote about Trayvon Martin at the time of his death last year. Now, following the George Zimmerman trial and verdict, her invitation rings with even stronger resolve … Initially, I labored over writing something about the Trayvon Martin tragedy. I was going to use cliches to explain what […]

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How to Say Goodbye to Detroit – Maybe

Detroiter Shirley Bolden, at 23 and the youngest of Shetroit’s Blog Team, is taking a break and saying goodbye to her hometown for, well … she’ll explain.   Dear Detroit, I am not sure how to say this because you have been nothing but great to me. You modeled before me what it meant to […]

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Inner City Kids: Do We Have To Assume Failure?

Student: Dang Ms. Bolden, you be spittin knowledge … you should be a rapper. Ms. Bolden: A rapper? That’s who you think has knowledge? Why shouldn’t I be a teacher, or a philosopher, a preacher…anything besides a rapper? Student: I mean you could be, but then ain’t nobody in the hood gonna hear you. You […]

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Long Live The Dream

Martin Luther King Jr. was only 26 years old when he led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. While the lure of doing the twist and picking up local women coming out the colored dance hall was probably amidst, even then he had already began dreaming. Sometimes our dreams can wake us up from the daily […]

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“Relax girl, damn…I aint’ tryna steal your purse”

I was walking up Oakman Boulevard on Detroit’s west side. The sun was shining and I was nearing the Focus Hope building. I heard steps behind me, I glanced over my shoulder and saw a brown face. I clinched my fingers around the strap of my purse and hurried my steps. Beads of sweat ran […]

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How to Bench Press Your City

…. if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. No, seriously, if you can make it in Detroit, a city that is painted as, well you’ve seen the picture, you’re Super Duper Man and Woman. Does that make our success stories belong in comic books, with action heroes and sheroes because they […]

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