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ESSENCE Year in Review: 100 Photos We Loved in 2016

In a digital universe of constant movement and change, photographs still prove to leave a lasting effect on our perspective and our worldview.  Through images, we are able to connect to people and experiences — locally and oceans away — while using the medium to tell our own stories and capture our own realities. And in 2016, we had no shortage of riveting, iconic, harrowing and beautiful images that shocked the world, made us think and inspired change. From the election that rocked the nation, to the Olympics and beyond, we’ve rounded up the top photos of 2016.