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Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Wassup guys!

So....I've been listening to author/radio host/documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed for about 4 years now. I grew  to respect his insight on many issues related to the black collective, and found his programs both entertaining and informative. I overlooked his reference to some folks as "moist", as I have been known myself to refer to heterosexual black men and women as "breeders" on more than one occasion(72% of black children born out of wedlock...breeders seemed apt). In a broadcast of his weekly Sunday Ustream show on December 18, 2016, Tariq began, for lack of a better phrase, a "rant", directly equating black gay men who assert themselves as "masculine", with child molesters.

You read that last sentence correctly.

I didn't want to misquote Nasheed or "take him out of context", so the entire clip from the beginning of his rant to the end is posted above. I will begin quoting him at the 1:55 mark of the clip, to delineate clearly what the outrage was that I experienced when I heard this disgusting, false and bigoted commentary.

"...Yea the dude was like, 'Just because you're gay don't-you don't mean you're not masculine'...and you know what that sounds like? THAT'S CHILD MOLESTER TALK. When people start saying THAT, THAT'S child molester talk. that's what motherfuckers say to little kids that they're trying TO TURN OUT...."

I could not type any more of that disgusting garbage without literally cringing.

the entire rant is, again, posted above for all to view for yourselves.

Where do I begin....? Nasheed asserts that when black gay men assert they  also can be masculine, that the mere notion that there is ANYTHING similar to heterosexual black "manhood" is and should be a danger sign to ALL heterosexuals that this same gender loving man is predatory and wants to molest your children.


This level of ignorance could not go without a response. So I took to Twitter and voiced my displeasure over his deplorable and despicable commentary:

Here we go:
Notice that I tagged Tariq in the post.

That's not uncommon for me. See, whatever I have to say  about a person, I DO NOT care if they see it or hear about it, because I can defend my position with TRUTH. I wasn't "trolling", I was genuinely and deeply offended by his brazenly stupid comments. I have been out of the closet since December 1994, a time when it was much more unspoken and taboo to be same gender loving in the black community than it is now. I am, and we as same gender loving people are a part of the black community and experience, whether the bigots like it or not.

Please note that I am using the term "bigot", rather than "homophobic". One of the games that the "conscious" black community loves to play is a word game. They dissect the word "homophobia" and center on the "phobia" part, to which they always reply, "I'm not scared of (gays)!" (insert expletive or slur in place of gay). To pinpoint his ignorance and not allow these Negroes to deflect and change the narrative, call them what they are: anti gay "bigots".  Honestly though, being that Tariq was a critically acclaimed filmmaker and NY Times best selling author, I didn't expect him to respond to my tweet.

Nor did I expect him to respond within three minutes of my posting it.

Here was his first response:
LOL....wait, what???
I leveled a serious charge at the guy, and his only response was to not only avoid the comment, but suggest that I want his "attention"?
Does his attention come with $$$? Because if not, go kill yourself.
Being that now I would have to behave as the "adult" in the discussion, I clarified my statement and remained firm.
Now anyone who knows me, knows that I could tear the skin off of this thin skinned heterosexual butch queen and drag his ass to the gates of  Hell verbally...
...clearly if he is too weak in his defense of his own "truth", then I will destroy this jackass with ease.
....but I respected the guy....I bought Hidden Colors 1,2,3,and 4, and have even shown them in my classes to my students.
Maybe he didn't know what I was talking about SPECIFICALLY.
So I showed him.....
Well now is the moment of truth.
 I posted his own words IN FRONT OF THE WORLD back to him, so he cannot continue to deny that he made these appalling comments.
I even told him where in the clip to begin....LOL....
That made the thin skinned heterosexual butch queen Tariq Nasheed furious.
I stayed gracious, fully aware that what Tariq wants is to bait you into an angry response so that he can paint you as the "troll".
I played it cool and ENDED the conversation.
What a disappointment. A brother that I thought had the maturity and class to defend his position when questioned about it, deflected and made this some false narrative about me wanting "attention" from him.
When I said,  "Have a great day..." he did something I would never have foreseen.
This thirsty, tired, trolling ass heterosexual butch queen got under not ONE...OR TWO....OR THREE...BUT FOUR FAKE ACCOUNTS and started trolling ME!
(click the link below; tired of posting tweets one by one LOL)
So....Tariq Nasheed goes on and on and on in this clip to call heterosexual black men "real niggas", suggest that black gay men get preferential treatment in corporate America (although he has NEVER worked in a Fortune 500 company to know this), and that we, black same gender loving men, are AGENTS OF WHITE SUPREMACY HELL BENT ON DESTROYING THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
I didn't make that bullshit up.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BY REQUEST...WE'RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Well it's been a while since I've blogged, with school and home and lots going on in my personal life...over the last several months I've gotten dozens of emails and requests from people who heard of my first book, "When the Lights Go Out: THE TRUTH ABOUT BLACK MALE PRISON SEXUALITY" and if they could get it in some of you may know, I'm not the biggest fan of their slow payment practices...but because you guys have asked for it, I've decided to re-activate my seller account and now the book is for sale on Amazon!

Now, of course  the book is still available on this blog for sale for your convenience as's humbling that after four years, so many requests for the book have come my way...I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!



Thanks again guys!!!!!!!!
While the media often paints a picture of a U.S prison system which thrives with rehabilitation and convict reform, many of those who have been inside report a dismal and shocking reality of sexual exploitation, homophobia and disease. Having experienced the dark side of the U.S criminal justice system first-hand, Hassan Hartley exposes the truth in his new book; WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT: The Truth About Black Male Prison Sexuality.
The Chicago native was sentenced to three years in a Virginian prison. However, Hartley’s journey of self-correction was coupled with a deep personal study of black men around him. Noticing that many were at different levels in the self-awareness of their own sexuality, the seeds of his book were sewn.
This book is a study into the human sexuality, and sexual identity politics of black men in American prisons. It examines the cultural, moral, and social implications of sexual behavior in prisons due to millions of black men being trafficked in and out of the criminal justice system each year” Says Hartley, who has spent the last six years researching incarcerated black men at prisons all over the United States.

He continues, “I explore the impact of religion and education on how black men view sex in prison, as well as the dangers of HIV and other STD infections that occur. I discuss how heterosexual, bisexual and gay men deal with each other, as well as my own unique and controversial journey that led me to write this book.”
Hartley’s work is the culmination of thousands of personal inmate interviews and online correspondence, during which he both confirmed his own beliefs and was enlightened with new, often disturbing information.
Aside from the personal identity of incarcerated black men, When the Lights Go Out also examines the impact that prison-spread sexually transmitted diseases have on the wider black community, and the United States as a whole.
The homophobia that exists within the black community makes this discussion even more difficult, and my book serves as a bridge to promote healthy, intelligent, nuanced dialogue” Hartley adds.

The book is already garnering much interest among followers of Hartley’s blog. Providing an insightful narrative on the embedded homophobia surrounding current news and affairs, the blog is proving itself as an educational eye-opener on modern America.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

WE....ARE...AT....WAR.....coming April 2016

Hello everyone!

                                   Just wanted to let you guys know that my first "fiction" project, a story I've been working on for a while, will be out this spring in April is entitled,


Part 1 will be arriving to you in April takes place "Sometime in the  very near future, in a neighborhood close, close to you".

The story starts with a tragic act of 19 police precincts being bombed simultaneously in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Newark, New Jersey. The most heinous act of domestic terrorism on American soil since the horror of 9/11, the nation is at a heightened period of racial and civil unrest. Tensions have been mounting with every murder of black young men and women in the United States by local police and law enforcement....

The protests have not worked...

The marching, and praying, and tweeting, and arguing have not led to an absolution to this crisis.

How did this happen? Who is responsible...?

The nation is at a boiling point of anger and polarization. Traditional leadership such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others, have no credibility with the angry masses. The police have become a law unto themselves, constantly circling the wagons, insulating themselves in an "us vs. them" mentality that sees black youth, particularly black young men, as their preeminent threat. This leads to the rise of a man named Jacob Davidson, a former Navy Seal and military hero, who now works in the inner city of Newark to curb violence among his people. He witnesses his child and nephew gunned down in the street by two Newark police officers, and is now determined to lead the charge against police brutality and white supremacy. The media begins to sensationalize the unrest with constant coverage, often skewing the facts and turning the legitimate aspirations of the suffering masses into something of a joke.

No more.

"Terrorism is often like is in the eye of the beholder" says Jacob, now the leader of the Vanguard Party for Resurrection of Truth and Justice, an outfit seen by many as "radical" and "subversive" by some, and standard bearers of truth and righteousness to others....

"We are tired of standing by while our boys are slaughtered in the streets, murdered by despicable two legged dogs with uniforms and badges. Your 'We Shall Overcome' bullshit has distracted us for way too long. The police in America have declared war on black people. It is time we fought back, and fight back to win.." shouts Jacob, a man whose military training and expertise make him particularly dangerous when radicalizing people to his cause.

This story takes many twists and turns as it unravels the origins of the tensions between blacks and law enforcement, while giving the reader a strong premonition of events to come in our future.

A future not as distant as we may believe.

This book was inspired by obvious recent events in our nation.

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..... By the way.... Don't forget to grab a copy of my first book, "WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT"...

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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

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