1. Pac-Man Goes Night-Night!
Manny Pacquiao knocked out after a lightening-rod right-hand shocker by Juan Manuel Marquez in the 6th round of the 4th fight in an epic series between the pair, ending the most highly-anticipated match of 2012. (December 8, 2012)
2. My, How They've Grown!
President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, proudly watch First Lady Michelle Obama deliver her rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in the Treaty Room of the White House. (September 4, 2012)
3. Back That Thang Up!
A jubilant dancer makes one officer laugh and the other one blush as she "backs that thang up" on him at The Notting Hill Carnival in London, the largest street festival in Europe. (Aug. 27, 2012)
4. Be Careful Of Pointing Fingers
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during a contentious second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. that had conservatives debating how the president's new found "aggressiveness" would play to women voters.
5. A Love Like Fine Wine...Just Gets Better With Time!
Roland Davis and Lena Henderson share a kiss after getting remarried. The couple married as teenagers and had 4 children together before getting divorced after 20 years of marriage. They were divorced 48 years before they reunited. (August 4, 2012)
6. I Maul You Because I Love You?
Violet D’Mello traveled with her husband, Archie, to the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve in South Africa where she was mauled by supposedly tame cheetahs. Instead of trying to save her, Archie caught the horrifying attack on camera. With a husband like that, who needs enemies?
7. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It"
Students react during countdown to when many believe Mayan people predicted as end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. Some of us are still here and some of us aren't...and the world keeps spinning.
8. A Political Star Is Born!
We knew we adored First Lady Michelle Obama, but when she stepped on to the stage at the Democratic National Convention, thoughts of candidate Michelle Obama didn't seem so far-fetched. She nailed it -- and looked fabulous while doing it.
9. Bankhead Bounce It Out!
President Barack Obama dances to the music with first lady Michelle Obama, with daughter Malia Obama, right, while attending Team USA and Brazil in an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2012, in Washington. Team USA won 80-69.
10. I Got Your Back!
The love and attraction between President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama' was tangible -- as always -- when she joined him on stage to greet supporters after he won re-election as 44th President of the United States of America.
11. Who Will Cry For These Children?
Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari, marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants.
12. Open Season On Our Sons
Thousands attend a rally for Trayvon Martin, the teen shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman’s claim of shooting the black teen in self defense has been questioned by community leaders. (March 23, 2012)
13. "If I Had A Son, He'd Look Like Trayvon." -- President Barack Obama
Trayvon Martin was gunned down by a loose cannon masquerading as neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The legal breaks that Zimmerman has received have magnified the disparities in our judicial system and brought the controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law to the nation's attention.
14. No Justice; Just Us
George Zimmerman, left, walks out of the intake building at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility with an unidentified man. (July 6, 2012)
15. A Father's Pain, A Father's Love
This photo of Tracy Martin shedding tears for his son, Trayvon, spoke to the heart of a Black America that saw our own sons in his eyes.
16. Superstorm Sandy's Smallest Victims
Glenda Moore, and her husband, Damian Moore, react as they approach the scene where their children’s bodies were discovered in Staten Island, New York. 2-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Conner were swept from her arms as she sought refuse from Superstorm Sandy as it ravaged New York City. One man turned Moore away and others refused to help, drawing comparisons to the murder of Kitty Genovese.
17. Evil Came To School
Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. after 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults, before turning the gun on himself.
18. "...And Whitey's On The Moon"
U.S. space Shuttle Endeavour stops in front of Randy’s Donuts on Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles while being moved from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. (October 12, 2012)
19. Space Shuttle In The Hood!
A man takes pictures as Endeavour slowly pass, in Inglewood, California. (October 13, 2012)
20. We Will Always Love Her
In this Nov. 22, 2009, file photo, Whitney Houston performs at the 37th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Houston died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, she was 48. The world mourned as we said good-bye to 'The Voice' and the woman behind it far too soon. Matt Sayles, Associated Press
21. "4 More Years"
This iconic image that has now broken records on both Facebook and Twitter as most liked and retweeted of all time, was published by staffers after the presidential election was called for President Obama. It captured a completely spontaneous moment, according to the First Lady. She said that she hadn't seen her husband in a while since he was off campaigning, and "that's my honey giving me a hug."
22. Forget Carmen Sandiago, Where Was Obama?
The first presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle featured a listless, uninterested President Obama, and according to polls at the time, it came very close to costing him the election.
23. Ms. Olivia Pope If You're Nasty
Oh, the "Scandal"! Kerry Washington's portrayal of Olivia Pope, besides being kick ass, is also groundbreaking. Washington holds the honor of being the first African-American woman to be cast as the lead role in a television drama since 1974's Get Christie Love. Washington also plays the wife of Jamie Foxx in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained.'
24. Syria Uprising
In this citizen journalism image taken on Monday, July 16, 2012 and provided by Edlib News Network ENN, Syrian girls flash victory signs during a demonstration in Kfarnebel, Idlib province, northern Syria. Arabic writing on their hands and faces read freedom and various cities of Syria.
25. Hate, Homophobia and Fried Chicken
This image circulating via Facebook shows a church full of Black people who ran out to buy chicken sandwiches to show support for Chick-fil-A owner, Dan Cathy's, anti-gay political and religious stances. The controversy encapsulated the stigma that homophobia still carries in the Black community.
26. Make My Day, Clint
After a surprisingly spry Clint Eastwood mumbled to an empty chair at the RNC meant to be President Obama, staffers took it to the Tweets and responded with a message that shut down any confusion.
27. Say It Ain't So, Joe!
Vice President Joe Biden couldn't hold in his contempt while sparring with GOP vice-presidential nominee, Paul Ryan. Ryan was no match for the Beltway vet, and many people remarked that Obama, still taking a hit in the polls from the first presidential election, could have benefited from Joe''s fearlessness.
28. The Real Olivia Pope
Monica Lewinsky being escorted by crisis manager Judy Smith during the height of the Clinton scandal. Smith entered a spotlight of her own in 2012 after becoming involved in the General Patraeus scandal and being portrayed superbly by Kerry Washington in the break away hit, "Scandal" on ABC.
29. Double Trouble
Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams compete against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic during the gold medal women's doubles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics. And of course, they brought home the gold. (Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012)
30. The Man, The Myth, The Legend!
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt reacts to his win in the men’s 100m final at the 2012 London Olympics.
31. Olympic Si-Stars!
Second-placed Dawn Harper of the U.S. (r.) holds her national flag with third-placed team mate Kellie Wells after the women’s 100m hurdles final.
32. Conversations In Colorism
Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells voiced to the media that team-mate Lolo Jones was getting preferential treatment in the media. The ensuing frenzy led to some heated discussions about colorism and privilege in the African-American community.
33. Hello, Brooklyn!
After much pushback from some members of the community, The Barclay Center opened in Brooklyn in grand fashion. Brooklyn Nets minority stake owner, Jay-Z, christened the building with 8 days of concerts.
34. As American As 'Apple' Pie!
A consumer captures the celebration on his Apple products as he enters the Fifth Avenue Apple store for the release of the iPhone 5, Sept. 21, 2012, in New York. Hundreds of people waited in line through the early morning to be among the first to get their hands on the highly anticipated phone.
35. Reunited And It Feels So Good?
Chris Brown, left, and Rihanna attend an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The Lakers won 100-94. This was the first time that the couple had been seen together at such a high profile event since he violently beat her in 2009.
36. Superman Joins The Lake Show
Dwight Howard teams up with Kobe & Co for an unexpected shaky start to a highly anticipated match made in NBA heaven. After firing Coach Mike Brown and hiring coach Mike D'Antoni -- and fighting through some injuries -- things finally seem to be looking up.
37. Lebron's 'Talents' Finally Win A Ring!
After taking his talent all the way to South Beach, King James finally won his holy grail -- an NBA championship ring. And most of Cleveland wept. (Oct. 30, 2012)
38. Hip-Hop's Blue Period
Picasso had one and so did Hip-Hop. The most anticipated baby of a generation was born in 2012. Baby Blue Ivy, who cracked the Billboard charts within hours of her birth is destined for greatness. When her parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z announced the pregnancy, it almost broke Twitter. No, seriously.
39. Hey Sexy Lady, It's Hammer Time!
MC Hammer, left, dances as PSY performs Gangnam Style at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles.
40. Leaping Into Our Hearts!
Gabrielle 'Gabby" Douglas performs on the balance beam during the gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Her flawless form make the United States beam with pride and solidified her star-status.
41. Black Girls Rock!
Gabrielle Douglas, of the United States, acknowledges the crowd after receiving her gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Douglas, who became the first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize _ the all-around Olympic title _ is The Associated Press’ 2012 female athlete of the year.
42. The World At His Feet!
In a death-defying feat, pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria broke the record of highest jump ever by leaping from a capsule 24 miles up, breaking the sound barrier as he plunged from the edge of earth into a New Mexico desert. (Oct. 14, 2012)
43. Can You Tell Him How To Get...To The Unemployment Line?
A person in Big Bird costume holds a sign criticizing Republican Mitt Romney outside his campaign headquarters in Derry, N.H.
44. The President Is Not Impressed
President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office. (Nov. 15, 2012)
President Obama is once again 'TIME' Magazine's Person of the Year. This is his second time accepting the honor, the first being in 2008 when he won his historic election.