Ideas of Culture – Hip Hop


Lana Jean Mitchell

Still looking at the definitions of culture . I started my look last post with a quote by “Jawaharlal Nehru: ‘Culture is the Widening of the Mind and Spirit.” Nehru was the first Prime Minister of Independent India. I’ve decided to look at Hip Hop’s definition(s) of culture. Watching BET (Black Entertainment Television) a promo for Tyler Perry’s programs reads “Stream Black Culture.” The 2021 Soul Train Awards used the phrase “Dance for the Culture”. The writer in me is intrigued.

More next post.


Culture Is the Widening of the Mind and the Spirit – A quote by Jawaharlal Nehru

The Jawaharlal Nehru quote above I found, while involved in an unrelated project. I’d like to share my musings about it and idea(s) on culture in the short essay below.

Culture Is the Widening of the Mind and the Spirit states Jawahula Nehru former and first Prime Minister of India.

I read his quote as defining the affects of culture: How culture develops the human mind and grows the human spirit.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, gives several definitions of culture. 6a) the ideas, customs, skills, arts, etc. of a people or group, that are transferred, communicated, or passed along, as in or to succeeding generations, b) such ideas, customs, etc. of a particular people or group in a particular period, civilization; c) the particular people or group having such ideas, customs, etc.

I would add to this definition, that a culture, appears to be created by the people’s or group’s need to provide food, clothing, and shelter in the place it inhabits/peoples. To me, it speaks to the differences in cultures, and the changes in culture(s).

For example, The Arts of Antiquity: Ancient Nubia and Sudan, Part 1 (c) 1978, The Brooklyn Museum, a department of the Brooklyn Institute, discusses the annual overflowing of the Nile River, which resulted in the settling of the land by desert nomads, who farmed the land around the river, using the river as an irrigation source, and resulting in the civilization of Egypt.

Nehru and the others involved in India’s struggle for independence from Britain, possibly addressed the questions of culture in discussing the National Identity of India, post-colonialism. Amir R. Mufti, in Enlightenment in the Colony The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Post-Colonial Culture, quotes Johann Golfried Herder, saying that languages are markers of national culture – “This language in this place for this people.” There is a sanctity to language which is a result of the national culture.

Culture, widening the mind – giving it breadth and developing its ability to look forward, and into and underneath what is presented and visual. Culture, widening the spirit – spreading it, glorying in it, opening it, making it inclusive.


Timbuktu Film Review


Lana Jean Mitchell

Timbuktu (pronounced tawn book TOO), Mali, Africa has a reputation for being the site of the world’s first university; for being a place of scholars and scholarship; and for being a place of mysteries. In 2015 it also became a venue for the production of a modern day film, Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. Produced by Orange Studio and Cohen Media Group, the 96 minutes movie has been called “a masterwork, an extraordinary work” by authoritative movie critic for The New Yorker, Richard Brody.

The appearance of the running gazelle, at the beginning of the film sets the theme of the romantic love between the main characters, Shepherd Kidane and Satima his wife; and the pain and love of the people of the city of Timbuktu, who are occupied by Muslim Jihadists. Toya the young daughter of Kidane and Satima, suffers the lost of her family. The result of the killing of one of Kidane’s cows by a fisherman. (Sorry! I didn’t understand the tongue that his name was spoken in and couldn’t find his name in the credits.)

Sissako runs the English language in subtitles, as the characters speak in several languages including, French, English and those of the inhabitants of Timbuktu and the countryside where Kidane, Satima and Toya live.

The film was a nominee for several awards. The Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and a San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.


Thank You!!

This post celebrates an anniversary of sorts. I just renewed for another year.

The thank you is to you, the three individuals who viewed my site from October 5th to November 1st, 2020. I trust you are still visiting. One of you was a visitor to my About page during that period. Your favorite day to visit, says my statistics is Thursdays, and you get up for your visit at your favorite time of 5:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. Is it the pandemic I wonder or is it just that the early bird gets it fresh?, being an internet website, is international and has been viewed in several countries. So, this thank you is also for the 189 viewers in the following countries, who visited between the years 2017 – 2020.

China 94 views, United States 74 views, France 10 views, Philippines 8 views, Luxembourg 1 view, Seychelles 1 view, and Denmark 1 view.

You also viewed my About page 14 times.

One request, I’d like comments and definitely more likes. Tell me in the comments why you don’t want to Like.

Dropping the mike!


Eyes Can Talk

My new children’s book, Eyes Can Talk, is at the publisher’s. Yes! The publisher’s, I am more than happy to be awaiting my copies at the end of July or beginning of August. (I don’t have a firm date. Still doing the paperwork.) But I just wanted to get the news to you so that you would be ready to get your copy fresh off the press. I’ll have more details when I get a date.

My first book for children A Birthday Story is still available online and at independent booksellers.



Running is several activities. The physical activity is usually the thing that comes to mind when you hear the word. But the running I am talking about is the running that happens when you need to do a lot of things in a short period of time. Like write this post, because I haven’t written one in a couple of months. Maybe I lost someone who came and saw the January, post date and thought I was no longer interested, or not interested enough. (Did’t know I was busy running.) I’m interested. And though that possible someone doesn’t show up on my statistics for visits, I hope he/she returns to my website devoted to diverse, indie writing, to read, what all the running produced.


Webinar: Countdown to Launch-Planning Your Fun and Success

Countdown to Launch-Planning Your Fun and Success, was a webinar hosted by the Author Learning Center and presented by author Sheri Fink. The webinar was held, yesterday, November 13, 2019. My first children’s book, “A Birthday Story” was released without a launch. With this in mind I decided to attend the webinar and possibly learn what I should have thought about, in the months prior to March, 2016. My book’s release date.

Tips. I learned that it would have been of benefit, for me to have built anticipation with social media strategies, to have used word of mouth marketing, to have created publicity, and to have gotten reviews for my indie published, diversity book. If I was really on top of it I could have planned a release party.

Author Sheri Fink is on the internet. Just saying ( Whoopi Goldberg might say) you can contact her for more information.