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“En Avant” highlights the internal struggle of a young Black ballerina, Ragan, as she faces racism in a white-dominated art form. After being cast in the lead role of a professional ballet, Ragan is pressured by the ballet’s director to lighten her skin with make-up, to be consistent with the white dancers. She reluctantly goes along with the request, but with each performance in the lighter make-up, she feels more degraded.

Sarah Jean Williams

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