Essence Atkins is celebrating her birthday today — can you believe she’s 48?!
Best known for her role on ’90s sitcom Smart Guy, the beauty continues to pursue her acting dreams all these years later. Most recently starring in Marlon opposite Marlon Wayans as well as OWN’s drama series Ambitions, Essence has been using her experience and success to inspire others. As the recipient of RIDE’s 2019 Women In Influence Award this past September, she said “I believe it’s critical for us to use our platforms to promote love, humanity, respect, excellence and dignity.”
Scroll through the photos below to see Essence in all her grace and glory, and join us in wishing her a happy, happy birthday!
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Birthday Shenanigans!!! I feel so buoyant and full of light. Hope and excitement for the day and the future is within me and around me. Grateful to God for an incredible journey thus far and testimonies of His grace and mercy. Sending love to anyone who is in need of healing or encouragement or kindness. Thank you in advance for the good thoughts and prayers sent my way! 🤗💖☀️🎉🎁✨🙏🏾