Birth Name: Essence Uhura Atkins
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 7, 1972
Essence Atkins is an American actress and model.
Essence is the daughter of Sandy Nelson and Jeffery Atkins. Her parents are African-American. Essence has two children with her former husband, Puerto Rican football player Jaime Mendez.