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Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

El DeBarge: Embracing his second chance

After nearly 20 years away from the spotlight, El DeBarge reemerged on the scene this year with the appropriately titled album, Second Chance. Many remember the pretty boy image of Debarge as lead singer of the beloved 80’s family group of the same name, or for his rise to fame as a solo artist. But you can’t ignore his two-decade-old battle with drug addiction, which spiraled out of control and lead the R&B singer to do a 13-month bid in prison from 2008-2009. Now, DeBarge is all about embracing his second chance.

Watch as reporter LaToya M. Smith talks with the Detroit-native about what he wishes he knew then, and what he certainly knows now. You may be surprised…

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.