Released: May 01st, 1986
Running Time: 80, 85
Directors: David Christopher, Jack Genero
Companies: Vidco, Vidco, L.A. Video
Cast: Tami White, Field Marshal Bradley, Michael Gaunt, Mauvais De Noire, Ashley Moore, Bobby Spector, Angel Kelly, Lotta Top, Daphne Jones, Sahara (I), David Christopher, Tasha Voux, Athena Star, Simeone LaCruz
Critical Rating: A
The state of affairs for black actors and actresses in adult films and videos borders on dreadful. If adult films can be accused of not representing reality or normal sexual values ( a lot of them can), then the current rash of all-black and interracial video features should be brandished for their lack of intelligence in dealing with black lifestyles.
Blacks in adult films, especially the men, serve as mere objects. I’ve seen most of the tapes in this genre, and would venture to say that more than half of them are embarrassing – the results of white screenwriters making racist references to basketball or fried chicken, depicting blacks as little more than sexual slaves.
But these tapes seem to sell very well; apparently an audience of both blacks and whites are renting and buying these features. So I ask the same question that I often do about certain genres of adult video: Why not make an intelligent, realistic movie about black lifestyles? And don’t forget the titles: Chocolate This and Black That. It comes from a very creative pool.
Thankfully, the latest two examples of black exploitation videos cannot be called racist. They’re just poorly made tapes. More Chocolate Candy, a sequel to the much better Chocolate Candy and Chocolate Bon Bons look like the same tape. The directors, stars, manufacturing companies and plots are different, but the problems are very much the same.
Each production contains extremely straightforward and repetitive sex, bad scripts, stiff acting and sloppy editing. Of the two, More Chocolate Candy boasts a little better video quality, but every scene seems the same, dissolving into a shot of a house before the next scene begins. Both tapes have echoing sound, with More Chocolate Candy suffering from extraneous noise on the soundtrack. Meanwhile, not to be left in the dust, the music in Chocolate Bon Bons drowns out what decipherable dialogue there is.
For the record, More Chocolate Candy is about a photography business that records its clients’ fantasies. The best sex scene involves Mauvis De Noire, the most attractive actress of the bunch, and veteran Sahara. In Chocolate Bon Bons, a shaven Tasha Voux and Syreeta Taylor provide the only sparks in a water-and-land lesbian sequence, amidst a story about a chocolate candy that provides men with superior sexual prowess. Unfortunately, none of the actors in either production tried the candy; each of them (both black and white) perform without much personality or drive. But who would, given this slight material.
I wonder when producers and directors are going to give blacks the same opportunities in adult cinema that they’re finally getting in mainstream cinema. Meanwhile, why is Jack Baker the only black performer in adult video allowed to stretch his acting skills?