DeRay Davis

'Chocolate City' aims for a 'Magic Mike' touch, turns soapy

'Chocolate City' aims for a 'Magic Mike' touch, turns soapy

"Y'all seen 'Magic Mike,' right?" Michael Jai White rhetorically asks in the opening scene of "Chocolate City." "Now, we gonna add a little chocolate."

One could take that as a dig at the lack of diversity in the 2012 Steven Soderbergh movie, but "Chocolate City" does put that Channing Tatum male-stripper opus on a pedestal with repeated shout-outs, as if preemptively conceding that comparisons are inevitable.

Broke college student Michael McCoy (Robert Ri'chard) flips burgers in his spare time to alleviate the financial burdens on his widowed mother, Katherine (Vivica A. Fox). Princeton, the club manager played by White (in a role...

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