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Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hey guys...

I haven't blogged in a while as I've been in the process of moving, working out regularly again, laying off the sauce(alcohol),and growing a new layer of comfort in my own skin.

In May of this year, I went to get a physical at my doctor. With full clothes on,plus boots, I weighed 188 lbs...(subtract seven pounds for clothes and I was 181..) skin was badly discolored around my cheeks, and two doctors diagnosed me with vitiligo,the same skin disorder as Michael Jackson...wasn't feeling good about myself at all, despite having friends and loved ones loving me...

I decided to work out again. At my biggest, I was a strong 235 lbs, benching well over 400 lbs, and feeling DAMN near invincible. I stopped working out four years ago. Got bored. I began drinking a "nightcap"(which,for me,was a 24 ounce glass of pure vodka straight before bed...)

Well, both me and my guy love vodka, and shit this was no problem for him...the alcohol, combined with not eating or lifting, ravaged my body slowly. The 181lbs. in May was the smallest I'd been in 11 years. Enough was enough.

I didn't know where it would lead, after four years, no weights,no diet to speak of,and drinking more than I'd ever done in life. On June 1st,I started lifting again. I began eating six small meals a day. As a promise to my guy, I would lay off the firewater on a daily basis, and only drink socially...(this was a trick on his part, because he knows I rarely go out)...from June 1st until late July, I didn't go near a scale. Too depressing after I was so small just weeks before.

July 28th rolled around. I was 215 lbs. Muscle memory kicked in when I began working out regularly again. It was like my body craved the nutrients I was missing. My skin was less discolored and healthy looking again.  My mojo was back!!!! I could sleep without alcohol, and was growing faster than I had when I was in my late 20's....

The old-scratch that-new Hassan was BACK!!

At age 41, I was tired of trying to look a certain way to remain "relevant"(I laughed as I typed that... pop culture has us all caught up in the hype of looking youthful and strong). That was my problem before. I was lifting to get a nice body to attract people to me..the frustration set in when all I would meet were people who were interested in me sexually.

Now,I'm doing it for me. Health and peace are my priority now. I guess even when you think you've grown up, God shows you life lessons to let you know you're JUST getting started.."getting to happy" should be our first order of business.....

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Hey guys!

I wanted to take a few minutes to blog about a Youtube clip I recently came across by a woman who calls herself "LovelyTi"....she blogs several times a day and is based in Los Angeles California. This particular blog deals with a woman's claims that she, after being diagnosed as HIV positive, has willfully and deliberately slept with "hundreds" of men and engaged in unprotected sex. The woman's constant refrain was, "I'm undetectable! I'm undetectable!!!!!".

The woman appears to be on drugs or mentally unstable, or perhaps both. Whatever the situation is with this woman, "LovelyTi" chose to opine on the subject, and below is the Youtube clip of her "rant" about the issue:


In the clip, LovelyTi, a woman I follow on Youtube and whose opinion and insight on a great many things I do respect, begins to spew some of the most ignorant, ass backwards misinformation about HIV/AIDS I have heard since I joined the fight back in the late 1990's against HIV/AIDS....

Some facts first:

1). When an HIV positive person is declared by their physician to be "undetectable", it means that based on the blood work done to monitor the amount of virus in their blood, (called "viral load"), that it is so low that it poses little to no harm in the person's body. This does NOT mean the person is "cured" of the virus. One must remain vigilant and adhere to the medications prescribed by their doctor in order to maintain that status. Magic Johnson, for example, has stated on several occasions that he is "undetectable".

2).Any human being, regardless of their health or STD status, that recklessly has unprotected sex with hundreds of persons is a danger to themselves and society. This should go without saying.

3) Heterosexuals like LovelyTi, who live in a bubble that essentially believes that HIV/AIDS is primarily a "gay" disease, spew ignorance such as "I don't know what the hell UNDETECTABLE HIV is...sounds like bullshit to me!" out of fear and lack of education. She cannot help her rank stupidity and the arrogance with which she boasts about it on the above clip. We must educate, not condemn.

It speaks to a deeper code of silence within the black community...particularly black women, who spew out media driven talking points about the virus, homosexuality, etc, without understanding that there are FACTS here-scientifically established facts-that must be brought to the light if we are to truly educate our community. I was disgusted at how this woman, who has a platform wherein thousands of people watch her and listen to her on a daily basis, could be so reckless with her approach to this topic. It makes me question everything else she speaks on.

Black people tend to speak about "truth" only when it vibes with what I refer to as their "emotional narrative"...if a set of facts validates their opinion, then it is "truth"...if it doesn't then it is "bullshit" and they go right on comfortable in their ignorance UNTIL A WHITE MALE AUTHORITY FIGURE TELLS THEM DIFFERENTLY.

Pull it together, Miss Ti, girl.

We're watching.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Hey guys! Lately, I have noticed that quite a few of my Facebook friends have been receiving harsh penalties for relatively minor offenses (pictures of themselves in swimwear at the beach that were not revealing, reacting to racist comments, or speaking out in general about serious political issues) while white FB members can seemingly get away with use of the N word, calling people "faggots", and many other derogatory epithets and names.

Recently, documentary filmmaker and New York Times best selling author Tariq Nasheed experienced this backlash on his own page-twice in one day. Listen to the audio clip below for his account of what happened:


What gives, Facebook? Have you hired moderators that are race soldiers of white supremacy? Odd that you would be so discriminatory given that your "founder" is a member of an ethno-religious group (Jewish)that tells its stories of hate against them all the time. I have personally reported many white supremacists and bigots of all strata, only to have FB say that "it doesn't violate our rules" to be so hateful against blacks and others.

Studies have shown that people of color use FB disproportionally more than their white counterparts. You would be wise to remember this Facebook, lest you find this charge spread all over social media and outlets around the world with just a click of a button. At that point, a "like" won't be enough.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Dear Iyanla Vanzant,

May God be pleased with you, and your loved ones, and I pray you receive this in a positive but strong spirit, and not one of defensiveness and umbrage.

"Justice" is a principle of fair dealing. It has legal, ethical, and real time aspects to it. Justice also balances the human mind. When human beings feel deprived of justice, their frustration, anger and fear grows within that mind. The greater the injustice, the greater the imbalance. To blame those deprived of justice for reacting to IN-justice in ways not deemed "appropriate" by civil society, is morally disingenuous. The key to solving the problem is to discover the root of their oppression, deal with it, remove it or contain it, and then-but ONLY then-can a spirit of PEACE begin to develop......

...When protesters say, "No Justice, No Peace", what they are saying is, "without that principle of fair dealing, there will be no ease...." to scold the victim for reacting to his oppression,only appears that you want to PACIFY HIM OR HER, not bring peace.

Iyanla, not once have you had a show spotlighting "black on black crime" on your "Fix My Life" series. We here in Chicago have NEVER seen you come in the hood with your rhetoric, talking about "Fix my life" are playing up to the whites and non blacks in your audience by shifting blame to "black on black crime". Saddening.

Please stop preaching about "black on black crime" UNLESS AND UNTIL you, like many of us in as many ways as we can try to quell this malady,roll your sleeves up and spotlight THAT on your show, to "interrupt the pattern..." Then have seats. You look hypocritical by droning on about that issue without ANY action on your part. You are supposed to be an ELDER. Yet your argument is out of order.

Tighten up, Mama.

When the possibility that white police officers may be threatened arises, here you come with your cameras, trolling for ratings, trying to pacify the victim and mollify the predators. I was HIGHLY disappointed at what you presented tonight. I think that you bit off far more than you can chew, and some things need time before cameras and psychobabble come into the picture.

Were you sent there to "interrupt the pattern", or pacify the "Negroes"??? The flowery rhetoric you preach is nothing new to me. I was raised under many Afrocentric men and women, and pastors, Imams, etc....please be careful that your heart is clear and pure, because it can come across as a new age, evangelical "performance" for your show and for your boss, Oprah Winfrey.

God bless,


Hassan Hartley

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Hey guys....

Below is a copy of an email I received with the words,

Card Violation Warning: Sales Tax‏



So I clicked on the email, assuming that it was mere junk, and here is what it read....



Rosa Montenegro (
High priority
1:50 PM

Cc: Martha Wong, Getchens Plancher, Leslie-Anne Triana, Katherine Cochran, Tracye Eades-Mickle, Chanadra Young, Desislava Angelova

Picture of Rosa Montenegro
From:Rosa Montenegro (
Sent:Tue 3/18/14 1:50 PM
To: (
Cc: Martha Wong (; Getchens Plancher (; Leslie-Anne Triana (; Katherine Cochran (; Tracye Eades-Mickle (; Chanadra Young (; Desislava Angelova (
Good afternoon,

I hope this finds you well. My name is Rossie Montenegro and I am an Office Manager at Florida International University. I have called the number listed on your website (773-655-0125 )to speak with a representative about my issue but have been unable to speak with someone and would greatly appreciate a reply to this email.

I ordered the book "When The Lights Go Out: The Truth About Black Male Prison Sexuality" from your business on behalf of a faculty member in my department on January 2013. I was unaware that I was charged a sales tax of $1.40 from which Florida International University is exempt as a public state university. As a result, I received the violation below and have been instructed to contact you so that the $1.40 sales tax may be refunded into my department credit card.

I would greatly appreciate your assistance in resolving this issue promptly. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require more information. Thank you in advance.

Best wishes,

Rossie Montenegro
Office Manager, Health Services Administration
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC3 320
Miami, FL 33199









NOT $14.00....


NOT $140.00.....




40 CENTS.....


Now, being that my business is an online entity, let's ignore the fact that sales tax is applicable for online companies, and that because I am not based in Florida, Florida laws do not necessarily apply....

  Did you catch the date of the sale...?

January, 2013...?

What year is it now...?

This...."Woman".....decided to write a multiple paragraph letter, and then CC it to about ten different people in her school...


Ever since the death of Trayvon Martin, I have been suspicious of non-blacks in Florida. This confirms that doubt.

How petty.

How utterly infantile and petty.


So petty, that I had to put her on BLAST.


This is all.

Brother Hassan




Saturday, February 15, 2014


Hey guys!

This is the initial concept for the book cover of my new book, "THE NEW MINSTREL SHOW: Coonery and Buffoonery in 21st Century Black Entertainment"......I initially wanted actual pictures of people like some of Tyler Perry's characters, Nene Leakes, Lil Wayne, etc....but there would be legal issues in so doing.

 In this book, I will focus on the ratchet, ignorant,(or as some folks say,"ignant"), stereotypical imagery of black folks on television, in Hollywood, in sports, and in music. It will be both deep and entertaining, so get ready! Look for it sometime in late summer 2014/early fall 2014!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014



 1).It is NOT about prison rape, or sexual abuse.
2).It is NOT prison erotica, filth, or smut.
3). It is NOT fiction.
4). It damn sure is NOT a joke, or punchline.

 My book, "When The Lights Go Out: The Truth About Black Male Prison Sexuality", is the culmination of a study that I conducted among over 2,000 current and former black male prison inmates, a study of human sexuality, sexual identity politics within the prison social fabric, and the separation of fact from myth as it relates to long held stereotypes of prison sexual abuse.

I examine the role of education, religion, hip-hop, homophobia, and the impact of what I call a "manhood vacuum" on young black men in prison, who are being trafficked in and out of the system at annual rates higher than the population of black slaves in the U.S. in 1850, shortly before the Civil War. As so many millions of young black men are captured and warehoused in prisons, sexuality, sexual contact, and the possibility of massive HIV and other STI infections being brought home to millions of black women(and other men) cannot be ignored, and my book takes a provocative, nuanced, thoughtful look into a world that most people are either too scared or too homophobic to have healthy discussions about. Find out what really happens, When The Lights Go Out.

For more information, please email us@

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