Culture Quotes

When we are first generations and we come into money like that, we feel obligated to bring everybody with us. I think that’s real specific to our culture, and it’s almost expected.

Kwanzaa does not come from African religions, it comes from African culture.

Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday not a religious one. And it builds on African commonality, not on the religious, political and other choices we make which often separate us and cause us to focus on difference rather than similarity. In the final analysis, it all depends on personal choice; people choose holidays to celebrate, religions […]

The first reason for the choice of date of Kwanzaa was for cultural authenticity. A central model for Kwanzaa is umkhosi or the Zulu first-fruit celebration which is seven days and is celebrated about this time.

I’ve always seen “Survivor” as a reflection of our culture. That is a big part of what has kept me so wildly enthusiastic for 22 years. The game is the MacGuffin. It provides a framework that forces behavior from the players. That human behavior is what we’re after.

I want to have a cultural impact. I want to be an inspiration, to show people what can be done. I’ve always been a daydreamer. When the other kids were playing, I was listening to the roar at Yankee Stadium—I was always attracted to the roar of the crowd.

I have trouble defining what a classic is anymore. To me, a classic would be a body of work that shaped that year and the years afterward and had a massive impact on the music being made, the culture.

It’s not just about clothes; it’s how you live. It’s like with my restaurants. I didn’t know they were going to be successful. I just had a feeling for what I wanted. It’s the same as the clothes. It feels the same. Now, you got to keep it going, you got to keep the food […]

Those four years at Harvard were some of the most influential in terms of exposing me to many fields of knowledge and to people my own age who were at least as passionate about what they were doing as I was about what I was doing. Archaeology and anthropology were my favorite subjects. They helped […]

Values imparted by the reigning culture have now received the sanction of the state. This is reflected in the distribution of condoms in schools, in the prohibition of school prayer, in the official rhetoric – “nonmarital childbearing” or “alternative lifestyle” – and in other ways. It takes a great effort for the individual to decide […]