The Beatles are White

Chesray’s nieces thirteen year old

colored girls from Capetown walked

through Central Park to Strawberry Fields

John Lennon park. They’d never heard of the Beatles.

Later I asked Khanyi why.  They’re white

she said. The only reason I knew who they were

is because Gary and Glenda are white and they

would listen. White people like the Beatles

Khanyi explained. White music.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I remember how black music reached me through crossover songs…. Sometimes a white singer like Elvis doing a cover of a little Richard song …. Powerful stuff – the color s of musicians

  2. Chesray’s nieces are so right! How can you compare the Beatles version of Twist and Shout with the original Isley Brothers, or their version of You Really Got a Hold on Me with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles? When I first heard the Beatles (they got to Israel before they got to the U.S.), I thought they were a pale version of The Coasters – think the double-sided hit “Searching” and “Young Blood”. But I admit that the Beatles did grow and spread their wings.

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