Shoresides News

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A local solutions journalism podcast by and for BIPOC communities in coastal North Carolina. Through news stories, interviews, updates, and special programs we keep you engaged with local news from across the region.

Hair Salon Owner Discusses COVID-19

Le’Shawna Brunson-Smith says the stimulus bill won’t be much of a help making up for the incoming she’s losing during the coronavirus.

Brunson-Smith is the owner of Ladies Hair Design on Castle Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. Since Governor Cooper ordered the shut-down of hair salons, she’s been out of work. To make up for lost income, she’s exhausting every avenue available to her. And little things – cooking with her daughters and seeing positive social media posts – are giving her hope.

Broadcast from the Shoresides studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.

Note: Our interview with Brunson-Smith  was used in a WAMC-Northeast Public radio story “Mourning America; Military Families Face Financial Struggles During COVID-19.