In a short film by Frazier titled Flint is Family, Shea Cobb, a 32-year-old mother and lifelong Flint resident, explains how ordinary tasks like brushing teeth and planning dinner have been complicated by lead-poisoned water. A singer, songwriter, and poet, Cobb patches together a series of jobs — bus driving and hair braiding — to make ends meet for her family. It’s a job made more arduous when the water is poisoned. “It’s the hustle that gets us through,” Cobb says.
By Aura Bogado