Singer-songwriter Bill Withers died Monday from heart complications at age 81. His beloved song “Lean On Me,” with its message of overcoming hardships together, feels as if it was “written for just this moment,” NBC News’ Harry Smith says.
We first met Burnell Cotlon in 2015, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, when he opened the only grocery store in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. As the city faces the coronavirus pandemic, his store is critical for a community in need of food and supplies.
One Twitter user who uploaded a video captioned it, in part: "Wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors."
New coronavirus cases are flooding emergency rooms in states like Michigan, Massachusetts, Louisiana and New Jersey. While some are stepping up protective measures, several governors are still refusing to implement stay-at-home orders. Cities like Los Angeles and New York are now urging citizens to cover their faces in public, but warn that medical-grade masks should be left for hospitals.
"This is Katrina times 10 all over again," says Burnell Cotlon of the coronavirus pandemic that has his customers "terrified."