I couldn't resist a chance to see Chocolate City, a blaxploitation version of Magic Mike (that ballsily references the Soderbergh film twice), so showed up to a crowded screening that wound up being the de facto premiere for the low-budget flick. Some of the film's stars, including One on One and Cousin Skeeter former-kid idol Robert Ri'chard and the Pam Grier of today, Vivica A. Fox, were on hand to walk a li'l red carpet, sticking around to do a brief Q&A after.
The film stars Ri'chard as “Mike” (!), a young man struggling to keep his head above water financially while working in a restaurant. His loving mom (Fox), worries when he starts turning up with ready cash, cutting looks that seem to suggest she may be on the verge of throwing a shoe, but he isn't selling drugs—he's selling his body as a star stripper at a local revue.