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11 Times Congresswoman Maxine Waters Brought Black Girl Magic To The Front Lines & Didn't Back Down

If you see Auntie Maxine give any one of these 11 looks, you'd better know that she did not come to play.

Iconic congresswoman, civil rights activist and 2017 ESSENCE Festival speaker Maxine Waters has attracted a new generation of fans with her unapologetic opposition to the Trump presidency, but she's certainly no stranger to standing strong for what she believes in most.

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As we prepare to welcome Auntie Maxine to the Festival stage in just a few short months, here's a look back at 11 unforgettable moments -- epic shade in tow -- that saw her on the front lines fighting for what's right over the years.