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Essence Uhura Atkins (born February 7, 1972, birthplace unknown) is an American actress. Atkins has appeared in a variety of films and television series, which include How High, Deliver Us From Eva, Family Matters, and The Cosby Show. One of her television roles was in the Saved by the Bell spin off, the College Years. She appeared in the pilot; however, when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, a regular from the original, opted to return, she was written out of the show. She gained a cult following by portraying the oldest sibling, Yvette Henderson, on The WB`s Smart Guy. From 2002 to 2006 Essence starred as Dee Dee Thorne on UPN`s Half and Half. In 2007, she made two major TV appearances: an episode of the CBS sitcom, The Class, The Class Has To Go To A Stupid Museum, which aired in January 2007, and an episode of House that aired on October 2, 2007.
A trained dancer, she appeared in Petey Pablo`s music video for his song "Freak-A-Leek". She is also to be in the new Wayans Bros` film "Dance Flick".
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Essence Uhura Atkins (born February 7, 1972) is an African American actress and model. She is best known for the roles of Dee Dee Thorne on the UPN sitcom Half & Half and as Yvette Henderson on The WB sitcom Smart Guy. She has also starred in the TV series Are We There Yet? as Suzanne Kingston-Persons. In 2013 and 2014, Atkins appeared as "Kisha Davis" in the films A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2.
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Essence Atkins is married to Jamie Mendez, they have been married for 19 months (since 26th September, 2009).
She previously dated Ace Young from 2006 to 2007, Ron Truppa from 2001 to 2003 and Eric Ben√©t.
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