This is my tribute to the black cartoon characters I grew up watching. Happy Black History Month.

1. Gerald - Hey Arnold
2. Keesha - The Magic School Bus
3. Huey & Riley Freeman - The Boondocks
4. Fillmore - Fillmore
5. Storm - X-Men
6. Sunny Bridges - Class of 3000
7. C Bear and Jamal - C Bear and Jamal
8. The Browns - The Cleveland Show
9. Kwame - Captain Planet
10. Brock - Pokemon
11. Susie - The Rugrats
12. Franklin - Peanuts
13. Little Bill - Little Bill
14. The Junkyard Gang - Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids
15. John Stewart - Justice League
16. Gary Coleman - The Gary Coleman Show
17. Static Shock - Static Shock
18. Skeeter - Doug (yes Skeeter is black… Don’t question it)
19. Chef - South Park
20. The Harlem Globetrotters - The Super Globetrotters
21. Miranda - As Told By Ginger
22. Vince - Recess
23. The Prouds - The Proud Family
24. Uniqua - The Backyardigans (her name is Uniqua… Don’t question it)
25. The Tenants of the Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Projects - The Pjs
26. Afro Samurai - Afro Samurai
27. Damey Wayne - Waynehead
28. Cyborg - Teen Titans
29. Mr. Popo - Dragonball Z (let me have this one)
30. Numbuh 5 - Kids Next Door

Photograph by @paulnicklen while on assignment for @natgeo. As sea ice disappears, it is becoming a common sighting to have hungry bears in towns or camps looking for food. For myself, this was a wonderful encounter with a female polar bear. I had left my flashes outside on my sled. Her face was too dark and the only way I could fill in the shadows was to hold up a blank white screen on my laptop about a foot from her face. I took a couple of pictures and she casually went on her way. People have an innate fear of this incredible species and quite often, pull the trigger way too early before allowing the bear to satisfy its curiosity. I have seen over 3000 polar bears in the wild over the past 25 years and have never had a terrifying encounter. Please follow me on @paulnicklen as I share more moments from the field. @sea_legacy #polarbear #bear #gratitude #adventure #climatechange @natgeocreative #photooftheday by natgeo