“I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I’m doing fine, man, just leave me alone.” Those were the words from the legendary singer, songwriter and producer Smokey Robinson in 1986 when his friend, Leon, could visibly see that Smokey was abusing drugs.
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“No, I’m not leaving at all. I’m staying here and I’m praying for you. I don’t care how long it takes,” Leon persisted.
“Leon stayed and prayed for me all night; he prayed till the sun came up; he wouldn’t leave me; he stayed at my house all the next day and that night insisted that we go to a place called Ablaze Ministry,” Smokey said.
Ablaze was just a small building on Florence Avenue in Los Angeles where people were up and singing. The leader was a heavy-set black woman.
After preaching, the woman pointed at Smokey and said, “You,would you please come up here?”