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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