Hassan Hartley, a.k.a. "Brother Hassan", is a college educated writer born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, who embarked upon the journey of discovering the nuances of human sexuality among black men primarily as a result of his own journey to self acceptance and awareness. Having been a college student at Tuskegee University, a former member of the Nation of Islam, and having served time in a Virginia Correctional facility, his own life mirrors much of the complexity of black men and sexual identity politics discussed in this book.
Hassan's research would not only extend to those around him in prison while incarcerated, but to those in many other prisons all over the United States after his release in August 2006. With the help of correctional officers that bent more than a few rules to allow him to interview inmates, internet websites designed to establish pen pal relationships with inmates, and other useful tools, he interviewed thousands of inmates in a 6 year period, confirming some theses he already had, and being enlightened on others. This book is Volume 1 of that research, and proves to be controversial, enlightening, entertaining and revealing, much like its author, Brother Hassan.
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