In this week’s Defender

Voters are fighting voter suppression across the U.S., and Texas is no different. With Texas emerging as a surprise battleground state, Defender Managing Editor ReShonda Tate Billingsley informs the community on the many voter suppression efforts underway that threaten democracy.

Millennial Ray Shackelford speaks on voting and social action in our exclusive Q&A, “Shackelford sounds the alarm.”

The Greater Houston Black Chamber announced the finalists for its coveted Pinnacle and Upstart Awards honoring excellence in Black business. Check them out in this week’s edition.

We invite you to stay connected and let us know what you’re thinking on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @DefenderNetwork. Also, check us out at every day for the top 12 stories impacting the Black community. On the Web, Diddy launches a Black political party, Mayor Turner announces reopen guidelines for churches and outrage boils over video capturing arrest of a pregnant Black woman.