“Mama” Debarge’s memoirs promises to be an inspirational story of unconditional faith and love. It’s a harrowing story of a woman’s personal battle when forced to survive a life riddled with abuse, drugs, violence and great despair.
Her story intricately weaves her own life with that of her children’s (the celebrated, Motown singing group from the 1980’s), their story, told through her eyes. From her agonizing depiction of her tumultuous and violent marriage to her first husband, to the rise, fall and rise again of her famous children and their celebrity, including untold accounts of her son James’ marriage to Janet Jackson, and the loss of her daughter-in-law at the hands of a serial killer.
It is fascinating account of a family and their roller-coaster like highs and way to low, lows. It’s about an extraordinary woman, wife and a mother who through it all manages to keep hold of the reins, a smile on her face and a song in her heart and a supernatural strength that only God could have given her.