THE WORLD ACCORDING TO
DOMINIC KEVIN McNEIR
Dominic Kevin McNeir, an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of service for the Black Press, currently leads the helm as senior editor for The Washington Informer. There, in the heart of the U.S. Capital, he displays a keen insight for identifying, researching and completing front page-quality news which captures the crucial facts and facets from among today’s intriguing, political arena.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
Kevin’s forte has always been producing lifestyle/entertainment features covering the entire spectrum: theater, from Shakespeare to August Wilson; music, from classical, jazz and gospel to R&B and hip-hop. Chatting with and reporting on icons like Brandy, Peabo Bryson, Charlie Wilson, Jeffrey Osborne, Kurtis Blow, Eartha Kitt and the Temptations. But with a childhood in Motown where he grew up in the homes of legends including Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, the Miracles and the Four Tops, studying English literature at the University of Michigan, securing a decade of classical piano study and with years of vocal training that led to an impressive stint as a chorister for Conductor Robert Shaw and The Atlanta Symphony, it should come as no surprise that he has a unique gift for writing entertainment stories that break new boundaries. Recently, he’s added D.C’s homegrown style of music, Go-Go, to his repertoire of published works.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DOMINIC
As a contributing, managing or senior editor for magazines and newspapers in Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and now Washington, D.C., Kevin has grown accustomed to developing editorials which reflect the sensibilities and historical posture of some of America’s most-respected, Black-owned publications. In his weekly commentary for The Washington Informer, “The World According to Dominic,” he’s been allowed to stretch his abilities, employing his own voice, often highlighting either mountain-high or valley-low personal experiences and the lessons learned therein, then relating them to the challenges and controversies of today. His commentaries have tackled issues well-known to him and others within the Black community: the senseless shootings and deaths of innocent Black boys (Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis) and mothers who have turned tragedy into triumph; the burden and blessings thrust upon those who become caregivers for parents living with Alzheimer’s; the ongoing examples of injustice suffered by Blacks and the various forms of ingenuity employed to survive; and the peace and joy that strengthens us for today and tomorrow simply because of a gentle touch from a friend or a tender embrace from our children or our children’s children.
The Art of Writing Front Page News: Only ‘True Journalists’
Possess the Essential Skills
Many of today’s seasoned news writers have witnessed a paradigm shift within the world of journalism due to a bevy of mind-blowing technological advances making it possible to touch the minds of readers, people who want to be in the know, any place on the planet – all at the same time. This changing landscape has proven idyllic for the “new kid” on the block: social media. But our education, my education, demanded that we learn how to research, develop and compose hard-hitting, breaking news stories by hitting the pavement, armed only with a reporter’s notebook, plenty of sharpened pencils and an unquenchable thirst to get the facts. We learned how to listen to the voices, not just hear the sounds. We dodged and probed for hidden connections and then spent hours at the typewriter. We were the conduit for communities determined to construct or enhance their own “informed opinions.” Today, writers like us are a rare commodity. Society dictates news that’s presented in bite-sized, rapid-paced blips and beeps – easy to digest and in most cases, quickly discarded. Sometimes, that’s all people want – it’s all they can handle. But sometimes, we’ve only scanned the surface. We need more than snapshots or tales told on ticker tape. If a microwave will suffice, by all means, use it. I know how to use a microwave too. But when the menu calls for a slow-cooked entre, only the oven can deliver the meal to perfection. goods. Me? I’m a proven expert – a master chef – when it’s time to use the oven.
HEALTHY, WEALTHY, WISE? CLOSER THAN ‘U’ IMAGINED
Blame it on the boogie! Blame it on bad luck. Blame it on whatever or whoever you want. But Blacks in America have routinely had to start the race yards, even miles, behind the starting line. We die sooner than others and suffer in greater numbers from debilitating habits, more marks on our charts and are weighted down with chronic illnesses. Many could have been limited in scope, relatively and easily preventable. Opportunities to acquire land and homes – our own “room with a view,” realizing dreams of business ownership, successfully building wealth on which to retire or for future generations – living the “American Dream” – have been more like the “Impossible Dream” for Blacks, from the days of this country’s infancy through today. Getting the chance for a quality education, the greatest way to level the playing field, has been denied or delayed for the overwhelming majority of African Americans. However, all is not lost. Small business loans, scholarships for grade school and college, and health plans that are affordable are all available – if we can only discover “what, when, where and how.” So, read on. Get informed. Make your dreams come true.
Extra, Extra: Titillating Topics from the Social MediaStratosphere
Some stories define a singular category because they hover between being a news
article or softer, feature report. But they have great significance as they shed significant
light on people, places or things that are dominating discussions in the social media
realm. As Stevie Wonder noted on his iconic “Songs in the Key of Life,” these pieces
illustrate my “little something’s extra.”
KEEP HOPE ALIVE
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