THE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU BACK
Robert D. Boyd Jr.
A Story of Strength, Prayer, and Perseverance
The autobiography; of a man who grew up in the eastside ghetto of Detroit, MI. His father chose not to be a part of his life. His stepfather was a good man and treated him and siblings as his own, until one day when Rob was nine years old he watched his grandfather stab his stepfather to death. He then trusted no one, and after being robbed by a young gang member at age ten, he turned to the streets and started living the gang life. He was involved with a lot of dangerous situations at an early age. A must read book about some of Detroit’s biggest drug lords of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s that were brought down. After reading this book you will see that crime doesn’t pay and “The Streets Don’t Love You Back”.
TRAGEDY HITS MY LIFE AT NINE YEARS OLD
The year was March 1973, when tragedy struck and changed my life forever. It was a very cold night and my stepfather had just got off work. I was happy he was home because he always used to bring us something good to eat home with him.
This night my stepfather and mother were having words about something. I heard them arguing so I came out of my room. My stepfather was not abusive and would never put his hands on my mother.
Little did I know that my mom‘s sister who lived in the same house with us had called upstairs to my grandfather and had told grandfather that mom and dad were fighting. My grandfather came downstairs and was very angry; he was always overprotective of his girls. He kept telling my stepfather to leave and my stepfather would not leave.
I was still standing outside their door looking in; my mother was sitting on the side of her bed along with my stepfather. My stepfather was tired and just wanted to go to bed. This is where it all went bad.
Before I knew it, my grandfather had stabbed my stepfather to death, I will never forget the blood, the anger and my mom crying and screaming. I will never forget my mom screaming at me ―get some towels, he‘s bleeding to death!
This was the first time I had ever seen anyone get killed. My stepfather died in my mother‘s arms. From that point on, I became cold towards people and life in general.
I hated my grandfather for what he had done. I remember the next day reading in the newspaper and seeing my grandfather‘s picture. I hated him so much for taking my stepfathers life. My mom was very sad it almost destroyed her life. My grandfather would not let the police ask me any questions about what happened that night. My grandfather did not serve any time in jail for killing my stepfather. I was in shock and I knew I was going to have to make things happen for me and my family. From this day on my life became very private.
I remember the day of the funeral; my mother had helped me get dressed. At the funeral I cried more than ever in my life. It was one of the saddest days and I remember thinking what am I going to do now.
Mom packed us up and we moved to a street called Strong. This is where my life as ―Lil Rob‖ began. I became the man of the house; mom was pregnant with my baby brother Dwight who my stepfather would never see. Dwight was born August 1973. We moved into a gang infested neighborhood.
We lived just west of the church on Strong Street. The house we lived in is not there now.
At the age of ten, I remember that I was on my way to school and was robbed by a gang member not much older than I, he took my coat and it was cold outside.
I was mad as hell that I had lost my stepfather, I didn‘t have a relationship with my biological father and now some big guy takes my coat from me. I ran back to my neighborhood and told some of the older guys what had just happened. Come to find out they knew the guy that had robbed me because he was from another gang. At the age of ten, I did not realize this was a gang neighborhood.
Immediately they wanted me to join their gang ―Bishop Gang‖ and the other big gang was the ―Chain Gang‖. The Bishop gang went to get my coat back, in order for me to be a part of the crew I had to pistol whip the guy who robbed me of my coat. From that day on guys began to fear me on the Eastside of Detroit. We were always gang banging and staying in trouble. The crew territory was Van Dyke and Harper but I hung out in the Warren and Conner Projects and the Brewster Projects.
Since I did not have either father in my life the gang became my family and father figures. I started looking to the older ―cats and they would ask me ―are you willing to lose your life over this? All I could say is that ―it doesn‘t matter‖ I just had to take care of my mother, three younger brothers and my sister no matter what. I was willing to give my life to do so.
At 10 years old I should have been in school, but I would meet up with my crew as soon as we met at school. I ended up being kicked out of many schools in Detroit. We would hustle on the street corner all day and mess with girls. I remember when I was twelve years old I had my first girlfriend and she became the mother of my son. I was just fourteen years old when my son was born.
“SELLING DRUGS AND THE THUG LIFE IS THE OLDEST FAILURE IN HISTORY. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SUCCESSFUL DRUG DEALER/THUG LIFE. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY TRIED AND THEY HAVE ALL FAILED. IN THE END ALL THEIR STORIES ARE THE SAME. I ONCE WAS GETTING OR HAD MILLIONS AND THEN FIND OUT MY HOME BOY OR FAMILY MEMBER SET ME UP TO GET CAUGHT OR KILLED.
IN THE END THEY ALL GET CAUGHT UP. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH IN LIFE MY PEOPLE AND KNOW THAT THE STREETS DON’T LOVE YOU BACK AND NEVER WILL.......LEARN FROM ALL THE OTHERS WHO HAVE FAILED IN THE STREET LIFE, IT’S ALL A DEAD END.......DEATH OR LIFE IN PRISON”......... Robert D. Boyd Jr.
Never Hit A Woman is about Domestic Violence and Abuse... NO EXCUSES!!! This book discusses the different types of abuse and how to recognize the warning signs. There are amazing stories of women in various abusive situations and how they survived them. The book has many suggestions on what to do when you need to leave an abusive relationship and how to do it safely. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE ABUSED!!!
This book is meant to help women and men live safer and healthier lives and respect each other without killing each other or having bad blood with each other. It is my hope is that through this book, those in a violent relationship, and those seeking help for others will learn how to move away from a bad relationship, gain strength and to move on with your life. My name is Robert D. Boyd Jr. I grew up in the ghetto of Detroit, MI, where as a kid all I would see in the hood was pimping women, selling drugs, using drugs, gang banging, and lots of violence. When I was young I would always wonder…. Why is that woman on that corner getting hit on all the time? Little did I know back then, but I learned that the woman on the corner was selling her body for a pimp to make money to buy drugs and give him money.
I would always wonder why she is like that, using drugs and selling her body. I later learned that the woman I saw on the corner all the time selling her body was a mother once had a great job, she had been a good person and the more I learned about the woman on the corner it was heart breaking. The guy she had hooked up with was a guy using drugs and turned her out, got her to using drugs as well and messed up her whole life. This woman had been a working woman with kids and a great job and home to a dope head by making the wrong choice.
When you see a man or woman who is using drugs or always drinking usually does not want the best for you and you should stay far away from them because if you a weak person you will end up on the corner or dead like the woman who made a very bad choice in life of dealing with someone that was not on her level and trying to fit into something she knew was wrong. She ended up dying from the very bad choice that she made.
Women and men must be very careful with the choice you make in life when you choose a partner. It is sometimes not known or seen but if a man/woman hits you once, it will happen again and again. So many women and men think they can change the other person, but you can’t change someone else….ever.
That’s where we all go wrong in life. Why should you waste your time and life with someone who has cheated on you or beat on you? Nothing good comes out of that kind of relationship because the trust and respect is gone. If you made a mistake, then learn from it and get away from the problem. So many women and men stay trapped in a relationship and don’t want to tell anyone. You must speak up and tell someone, save your life. No one can help if they don’t know there is a problem.
Being a native of Gary Indiana, I know the history of Gang Violence and how many young African American males lost their lives due to looking for love through a brotherhood destined for demise. " The Streets Don't Love You Back" provides the true history of notorious gang and drug dealers from the metropolitan Detroit area. Survivor and Author Robert Boyd not only shares his story through his book,he plays a big part in this story as well. Boyd did serve his time in prison for the soliciting of drugs but managed through the grace of God to turn his life around after being released.
During this phase in Boyd's life, he associated himself with many of the individuals enclosed within his book. All of these gangster icons made millions and millions of dollars in the drug cartel business. From the 70's through the mid 90's, individuals such as Maserati Rick, Best Friends Enforcement Chief Reginald Brown, Drug Lord Richard Wershe Jr known as (White Boy Rick),and Kalasha/ Akrawi Syndicate suffered a fate of either death by a rival or simply a life sentencing in prison.
I recommend that this book be placed in all juvenile facilities,and Second Chance Departments through out the country to get our troubled youth back on the right path. More realistic books providing the fate of young adults choosing to join a gang or sale drugs such as this one should be at their disposal.
Author of: The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series
Mr. Boyd, My congrats to you on an amazing book. All I can say is that it's been a wonderful read. I was not able to put the manuscript down and finished it in a day. Your life and the life of the others in whom you spoke about touched me deeply. It is my sincere prayer that God will continue to use you for His mighty work. God bless!!! Sincerely, Josh Zayas, Phoenix, AZ
I couldn't put the book down, it was awesome to see how a brother went from selling high powered drugs to a dishwasher. It just goes to show me that no matter what situation you are in, when God calls us we can't turn back. No matter what. This book also showed me, how one incident in our life can send us on the wrong road, in life. Phyllis A. Walls-Bell
This book is such an inspiration for change. Robert Boyd has proven to himself as well as society that a human being can change. Reading about all of the struggles that he had to go through as a child just to survive, and being able to pull himself up out of all that destruction, he is a winner. I must say, this book is a motivational read even if you’re not into the drug/gang life and, no matter what your struggle is, you too can overcome. Knowing Robert Boyd personally, I can say that he is the truth. Congratulations to Robert and Lucinda on their hard work, and much respect. Go get the Streets Don’t Love You Back today. May God bless you. Holli Pellman
Rob, I can't stop reading it brother.. Jamal says thanks also. Enjoyed you and Lucinda you are both good people and I hope we can get together on our birthdays in the future. Left the signing feeling good about getting the book and meeting you and the wife. Keep doing your thing Rob and I will be in touch. Mark Mallory
As of 09/09/09 "The Streets Don't Love You Back" Book (3 copies) is in the Cincinnati Ohio Main Public Library, 800 Vine St. Cincinnati Ohio 45202. As of 10/07/09 they have placed additional copies in other Hamilton County Library Branches including: Avondale, Bond Hill, College Hill, Forest Park, Madisonville, Walnut Hills, and West End. Please see http://catalog.cincinnatilibrary.org/to reserve a copy.
As of 09/11/09 "The Streets Don't Love You Back" Book is in the Detroit Public Library 1537 Woodward Ave. Detroit Michigan 48201.
As of 09/16/09 The Streets Don't Love You Back, Book was requested, and we donated a copy to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit at 315 E. Warren Detroit, MI 48201.
As of 09/28/09 The Streets Don't Love You Back Book is in the Kenton County Library 502 Scott St. Covington Kentucky 41011 and also at the Alcorn State University Library 1000 ASU Drive, Lorman Mississippi 39096.
As of 10/01/09 we are working with Mr. Dale Bully of Smithers B.C. Canada, Youth safety Advocate, The Street Kids Project, Street Level Recovery Operations, The United Nations Human Rights International. www.streetkids.ca
As of 11/01/009 The Streets Don’t Love You Back Book is in the British Columbia Public Library P.O. Box 9831 Stn Prov Gov Victoria BC V8W9T1 and Toronto Public Library 789 Yonge St. Toronto, Ontario M4W2G8 Canada
As of 11/03/09 The Streets Don't Love You Back Book is in the Atlanta Fulton Public Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
As of 12/03/09 The Streets Don't Love You Back Book is in the Maricopa, Arizona Public Library
As of 06/02/10 The Streets Don't Love You Back Book was donated to The Main Phoenix, AZ Public Library and also at the Buckeye Rd./5th ST. Branch.
As of 06/02/10 The Streets Don't Love You Back Book was donated to The Main Glendale, AZ Public Library and also the Velma Teague Branch.
As of 06/09/10 The Streets Don't Love You back Book was donated to The Benson Public Library 300 S. Huachuca St. Benson, Az 85602
Franklin County Juvenile Detention Facility
399 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215 on our media center bookshelves for the youth to check out and read. They have both books.
Maricopa High School
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Maricopa, AZ 85139( LIBRARY)
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Substance Abuse Services
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