In this week’s Defender

Check out the final article in our three-part #WordInBlack series on Education & COVID. This week, we’re talking to parents about the challenges of dealing with their children’s mental health.

We also have a great story on Tara Paige. She turned her time in quarantine into a thriving Facebook group called Black Women Who Love Outdoor Living Spaces. The 200,000 Black women in the group love it and collectively are showing the world their buying power, while exchanging creative ideas. Oh, and you won’t believe how she’s parlaying that into a blockbuster business.

Also, make sure you get all the details about our State of BLACK. With the national political scene shining bright, the Defender thought it fitting to turn the focus on the home front—Houston, Harris County and the state—and have a series of conversations with top lawmakers via the State of BLACK series.

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, see the before and after photos from the Black Women Who Love Outdoor Living Spaces, read some good news from Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University, and take a look at an AARP poll which reveals the top concerns for voters 50 and older. In Fit & Fine, master trainer and ‘mindset architect’ Antoine Howard shares his philosophy on how to achieve a strong mind, body and spirit. Check out his feature on Friday.