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My son, Alexander, was born on February 14, 1987, in Los Angeles, California. That was a very happy time. My mom was there from Germany and I was able to cut the umbilical cord. It was the greatest experience in my life. Chico was recording his second album for Motown called, "Kiss Serious", in 1987. It was released in 1988. Karyn White was included on background vocals on the tracks "Love Addiction" and "Let´s Hook It Up".

Tragedy struck when Chico and Bobby DeBarge were arrested in 1988. Both of them received a mandatory sentence of 5 years in the federal prison system. In the courtroom, the judge was very upset about the fact that Chico did a commercial for the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department, saying "NO TO DRUGS", which aired the first time just before the arrest. That stopped everything for Chico, Bobby and anybody who was involved in the business with them, including myself. Chico was released from Motown Records and the new DeBarge fell apart without Bobby being there. Chico served his time in Jackson, Michigan and Bobby in Madison, Wisconsin. While being admitted to the prison system, doing blood tests, it was discovered that Bobby DeBarge tested positive for HIV. I will never forget when Bobby called me collect one Saturday morning and revealed the bad news to me. In 1993, Bobby was released from prison and was able to get back with his wife, Teri and his children, without going into a halfway house first because of his condition. Chico was released a few months later as well. On June 30, 1994, Bobby DeBarge signed with me to represent him as his personal manager the same day he signed to Stanley Bethel´s A&E Records. Chico DeBarge was able to get a production deal with Babyface´s LA Face Records. Unfortunately, that deal never materialized for a record release. Chico was able to sign with Kadar Massenburg and released two CDs through Universal "Long Time No See" and Motown´s "The Game", in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

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