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Chocolate News: Season 1: Episode 10 -- David Alan Grier gives a list of things that black people want white people to give up. Next, visit Black Comic-Con. Later, see the Obama White House application.

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15 October 2008 (USA) See more »
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A magazine-show parody hosted by comedian David Alan Grier covering urban pop culture topics.
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Cast

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David Alan Grier ... Himself - Host / ... (12 episodes, 2008)

Chris Tallman ... Alan Boda (9 episodes, 2008)

Tangie Ambrose ... Alica Saunders / ... (8 episodes, 2008)

Alphonso McAuley ... Ronnie Tucker (7 episodes, 2008)

Jordan Peele ... Kelvin Melvin (7 episodes, 2008)
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Series Directed by
Danny J. Boyle (12 episodes, 2008)
Rusty Cundieff (12 episodes, 2008)
Liz Plonka (12 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Writing credits
Fax Bahr (12 episodes, 2008)
Jeremy Bronson (12 episodes, 2008)
Ian Edwards (12 episodes, 2008)
David Alan Grier (12 episodes, 2008)
Hugh Moore (12 episodes, 2008)
David Nickoll (12 episodes, 2008)
Bob Oschack (12 episodes, 2008)
Diallo Riddle (12 episodes, 2008)
Bashir Salahuddin (12 episodes, 2008)
Adam Small (12 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Vicki Ariamal-Prieto .... field producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Pete Aronson .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Fax Bahr .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Ryan Dean .... associate producer (12 episodes, 2008)
David Alan Grier .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Jordan Levin .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Robert Morton .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
David Nickoll .... producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Adam Small .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Kimberly Wheatley .... associate producer (12 episodes, 2008)
Jim Ziegler .... producer (5 episodes, 2008)

Peter Spoerri .... producer (unknown episodes)
Melissa Wylie .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Greg O'Connor (12 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
Bill Sheehy (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Cheryl Campsmith (12 episodes, 2008)
Jason Gill (8 episodes, 2008)
Josh Belson (5 episodes, 2008)
Brian Schnuckel (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Casting by
Julie Ashton (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gary Kordan (12 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Julie Drach (12 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume Design by
Barbara Chennault (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Mishell Chandler .... department head hair / department head hair stylist (12 episodes, 2008)
Roxanne Ferguson .... key hair (12 episodes, 2008)
Heather Mages .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 2008)
Alexei O'Brien .... key makeup artist (12 episodes, 2008)
David Williams .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 2008)
Anthony Miner .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Production Management
Gary S. Mann .... executive in charge of production (12 episodes, 2008)
Bill Wright .... production manager (10 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas A. Smith .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 2008)
Thomas A. Keith .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
Alexa Sheehan .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Department
Todd Daniels .... assistant property master (12 episodes, 2008)
Shannon Left .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2008)
Josh Ritcher .... leadman (12 episodes, 2008)
Nandor Szilagy .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2008)
Ron Woods .... property master (12 episodes, 2008)
Dalton Cole Young .... on set dresser (12 episodes, 2008)
Roger Dertinger .... property master (9 episodes, 2008)
McJoel Hamilton .... set dresser (9 episodes, 2008)
Kelsey Fowler .... art production assistant (5 episodes, 2008)

Jason Zev Cohen .... art department coordinator / graphic artist (unknown episodes)
Joshua Green .... set decorating buyer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Josh Morton .... sound recordist (12 episodes, 2008)
Alexandra Gallo .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Theresa Radka .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 2008)
Jay Golden .... boom operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Eric McGilloway .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Stunts
Tony Alameda .... stunt fighter (1 episode, 2008)
Elle Alexander .... stunt actor (1 episode, 2008)
Jwaundace Candece .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2008)
Michael Daniali .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2008)
Kevin Derr .... stunts (1 episode, 2008)
Randall Huber .... stunts (1 episode, 2008)
Aaron Toney .... stunts (1 episode, 2008)
Keisha Tucker .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2008)

David E. Brown .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Joe Childs .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Gold .... key grip (12 episodes, 2008)
David Ortkiese .... a-camera / steadicam operator (12 episodes, 2008)
Dustin Penrod .... assistant chief lighting technician (12 episodes, 2008)
John Steur .... grip (8 episodes, 2008)
Andrew Robison .... best boy grip (4 episodes, 2008)
Pierre Bouazza .... videotape operator (2 episodes, 2008)

Benjamin Shurtleff .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes, 2008)
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Gayle Goodrich .... additional still photographer (unknown episodes)
Brian Lofthouse .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Olivia Thomas .... casting assistant (12 episodes, 2008)

Joey Cee .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Amanda McCann .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wanda Leavey .... costume supervisor (12 episodes, 2008)
Angela Parrish .... set costumer (12 episodes, 2008)
Rebecca Smith-Serna .... costumer (12 episodes, 2008)
Daisy Alexandra Sylbert-Torres .... costumer (2 episodes, 2008)

Jade Graham .... costumer (unknown episodes, 2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Andy Johnson .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 2008)
David Holland .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2008)

Seung Im .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Greg O'Connor .... composer: theme music (12 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Transportation Department
Kanan Gubins .... transportation (unknown episodes, 2008)
Shay Morgan Brook .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Joseph Bayard .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008)
Juanesta Holmes .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 2008)
David Lucky .... script coordinator (12 episodes, 2008)
Jennifer McCann .... executive assistant (12 episodes, 2008)
Elizabeth Rose Quinn .... writers assistant / assistant to writer / ... (12 episodes, 2008)
Ram Paul Silbey .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008)
Jason Sklar .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2008)
Pat Boccuzzi .... script boy (10 episodes, 2008)
Nikki Dragna .... assistant: executive producer / assistant: executive producers (10 episodes, 2008)
Chyna Dumas .... assistant: David Alan Grier (10 episodes, 2008)
Phoebe Henighan .... research and clearance (7 episodes, 2008)
Josh Eggebeen .... location assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Shelley Gorelik .... assistant: executive producer (5 episodes, 2008)
Jason Lombardo .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Aline Robey .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2008)
Forrest Tagliamonte .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2008)
Ryan Hoffing .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2008)
Joe Abel .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2008)

Jonathan Levit .... script supervisor (unknown episodes, 2008)
Zachary Halley .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Ryan Janata .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Veronique Lee .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Stephanie Riley .... assistant: David Alan Grier (unknown episodes)
 

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3 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Offensive, Unfunny and Racist? Its no wonder it didn't last long., 21 April 2009
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

When "Chocolate News" premiered on Comedy Central in the fall of 2008, I expected this show to be a "Daily Show",or "Colbert Report",or sort of like "60 Minutes" tailored to an African-American audience like they have on either BET(Black Entertainment Television)or another source like "Tavis Smiley" or to an extent "Tony Brown's Journal". but instead this show turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes Comedy Central ever made not to mention making it a huge colossal failure in the history of the cable network. And it shows in some of the episodes.

Instead,"Chocolate News" itself was an insult and furthermore an embarrassment to minorities in general. This show turned out to be nothing but offensive jokes that were extremely brutal and also to point out offensive depictions of stereotyping African-Americans. They said that this show drew parallels to "Chappelle's Show",and whoever said that it was they were lying through there teeth to gain ratings which proved this show was off the air with the quickness. What made Dave Chappelle's comedy series worked and what made it explicably funny was because it talked about stereotypes in just about every episode,and what made Chappelle's Show stand out was some of the sketches were hilarious and downright funny because of the comedy. Yes,some of the sketches on Chappelle's Show were really racist,and it was stereotyping minorities,but think about the episodes where the sketches of Rick James(the real Rick James was featured in an episode of Chappelle's Show titled "Charlie Murphy's real Hollywood Stories"),and poking fun of Prince became household catch phrases almost overnight and made Dave Chappelle that undisputed king of comedy. It was the reason why Chappelle's Show went to top of the ratings at Comedy Central and garnered a huge audience during its three seasons on the air.

"Chocolate News" is nowhere near the success of Chappelle's Show. No wonder it sucks. This show however tries to get a few "hars" from constant and unending racist jokes about African-Americans is insulting but rehashing the same stereotyping jokes was not only repulsive but incredibly stupid. What actor and star David Alan Grier said in the premiere episode about the President Elect Barack Obama was the straw that broke the camel's back,but his own career was put in jeopardy. This was a show that took all the tongue and cheek humor of Richard Pryor,not to mention Redd Foxx and Rudy Ray Moore to sheer embarrassment and toss it down the toilet. Not to mention other famous African-Americans was an insult. The program itself including poking fun while adding racist jokes of the KKK(which were revolting)while making everyone else look like a total idiot(including its star David Alan Grier). "Chocolate News" was another one of those black shows that shows blacks putting down there own people and taking two steps back from racial equality. The writers of this show just strive to be on the hate meter on everyone who isn't black or who isn't part of the agenda. David Alan Grier(of "In Living Color" fame)was being a hate puppet for the MAN,while losing his own blackness to such ignorant crap. From the previous comment,I totally agree....Dave,you're better than this....it ruined your career. Not to mention dragging former In Living Color alumni Tommy Davidson and Kim Wayans(who were special guest stars in several episodes) to this mess. And putting former MAD-TV alumnus Jordan Peele to your status of doom. Its no wonder it didn't last long. But November of 2008,several groups wanted it off the air due to the comments about minorities due to the show.

Created by David Alan Grier,who also served as executive producer of this series along with producers Fax Bahr(of MAD-TV fame),and Pete Aronson(of Chappelle's Show),"Chocolate News" produced 13 episodes for Comedy Central from October 15,2008 until December 31,2008. The series was yanked off the air on New Year's Eve in 2008 after 13 episodes. The show never made it into its second season. If this show or if Comedy Central kept it on the air,we would have seen more ignorant and the unexpected comments coming from the mouth of David Alan Grier.

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