Nilla Rajan, flanked by parents Nithya and Karthika Rajan, is one of 42 finalists in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Dorothy Rowley/The Washington Informer)

Scripps Spelling Bee Contestants Gear up for Final Round

In anticipation of yet another day of reciting words and patterns visualized in their heads or scribbled in their hands with their fingers, many of the 42 Scripps National Spelling Bee finalists wasted little time departing the ballroom stage Wednesday at the end of Round 3 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in preparation of Thursday’s grand finale. [read more…]

Officials hold a grand-opening celebration for the MGM's National Harbor Employment Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on June 20. Photo by William J. Ford

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Are Blacks in Business at National Harbor and MGM?

National Harbor is a $4 billion, 300-acre development along the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Maryland, just south of Washington, D.C. MGM National Harbor is a $1.2 billion resort casino emerging in National Harbor. The casino, scheduled to open in December, will be owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. Like its business partner, National Harbor, the MGM project is estranged from Prince George’s County’s black businesses. [read more…]