“Don’t let our history die.” ~Edward Scobie
Kentake Page, founded by Meserette Kentake, is a Pan-Afrikan Black history blog that celebrates the diversity of the Afrikan historical experience both on the continent and in the diaspora. Kentake Page is also a celebration and appreciation of Black authors and artists. The vision is to bring together history, literature, and art under one cyber-umbrella, to make Black/Afrikan historical, literary, and artistic achievements universally accessible.
Kentake Page stands on the shoulders of Marcus Garvey, Femi Biko, Ivan Van Sertima, Queen Hatshepsut, Kentake Amanirenas, Queen Nanny, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Marimba Ani, Chinweizu, J.A. Rogers, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Margaret Busby, Ayi Kwei Armah, Asa Hilliard, Leonie Forbes, James Small, Leonard Jeffries, Edward Scobie, Clyde W. Ford, Tony Martin, C.L.R. James, Runoko Rashidi, Rex Nettleford, Malcolm X, Walter Rodney, Dead Prez, Buju Banton, John Coltrane, Nell Irvin Painter, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Whitney Houston, Ottobah Cugoano, Ben Okri, Queen Afua, Haki R. Madhubuti, Nelson Mandela, Gladys Knight, Kwame Ture, Miriam Makeba, Robert Wedderburn, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Iyanla Vanzant, Oba T. Shaka, Jean Jacque Dessalines, Charles Finch, Molefi Asante, Kevin “WAK” Williams, Amos Wilson, Credo Mutwa, Hunter Adams, Prince, and Cheikh Anta Diop.
Their lives and/or literary and artistic works have had a profound influence on Meserette Kentake‘s historical consciousness and personal development.
And a special “Thank You” to Kentake’s mother, Delores Anderson, who repeatedly told her: “You walk around with too much knowledge in your head. You need to share it with the world.” Talbert Walters, her mentor, whose unconditional love and words of encouragement (even from beyond the grave) gave her the strength to do so and to carry on. Kola “Bishop” Malaolu, whose generosity made the first Kentake Page possible. Uchenna Edeh, who joined Kentake Page and contributed immensely to its growth and development. Edeh’s paintings of “Makandal” and “Queen Nanny” were combined to create the background image of The Maafa category on the Home page. James Eugene, the artist who created the first Kentake Page logo (see featured image above) and the paintings of Kentake – “The Queen of Love and Light” (2012) and “The Gatekeeper” (2009). The Queen of Love and Light painting was used to create the current logo. Eugene’s painting (which he said was inspired by Kentake and her connection to Marcus Garvey) was used for the background of Subscribe to Our Newsletter. Without them, Kentake Page would not have seen the light of day, or continue to grow.
Meserette Kentake’s statement:
Kentake Page is a personal blog. It is my spiritual contribution to the world. Hence, the reason there are no adverts on this website. If you would like to contribute financially (donate) or be a sponsor of the blog, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentake Page is also a Race First blog as outlined by the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was my great-grandmother’s cousin. It is dedicated to Afrika’s peoples. Firstly to those who are the sons and daughters of the “Atlantic World,” who are the dream and hope of those who were held in bondage. It is also dedicated to the sons and daughters of the Continent. Kentake Page is also a praise song to the Ancestors, especially those who crossed the Atlantic and suffered during the Time of Sorrow (The Maafa/Atlantic Slavery).
“Captured, chained, sold,
My soul lament because it wants to know
the identity of she
who was captured in Afrika
and taken to the Americas
and is the root of my family tree
The identity of she
the mother of all my mothers
until there was me.
But there is no one to tell me
because nobody knows…”
“They are the mystery that envelopes our dream.
They are the power that shall unite us.
They are the strange truth of the earth.
They came from the womb of the universe…”
–“In Praise of the Ancestors,” by Mazisi Kunene