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Kristal L. Enter

lawyer, author, and motivational speaker, was born in Queens, New York, to Earl Martin (onetime singer with the doo wop group, the Del Vikings), and his wife Alma Martin. Lesra Martin had seven younger brothers and sisters. The family eventually moved to the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Beauford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick. The Martin family lived in poverty with seven other families in a four-storey house that had long been condemned, and Lesra Martin was illiterate until he was sixteen because he began working at the age of ten to help support his family. One of his brothers died of AIDS in prison after being convicted of manslaughter, while another brother was murdered after intervening in a fight.

Martin's life however changed radically at the age of sixteen A group of Canadian business owners living in a commune visited New York City to test a gas saving ...