Essence Atkins got her start in show business appearing on a couple episodes of The Cosby Show , which means that this black beauty is sadly not going to be showing much in the way of skin No matter the talk about it being a ‘desperate move’ for Atkins … I think it’s cute! =]. Currently, Essence has a leading role in the TBS sitcom, “Are We There Yet?”, playing Suzanne, the mother and wife. Essence Atkins was born in New York City on February 7, 1972. Between her innate sense of comedy and girl-next-door charm, it makes sense that she has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Essence atkins relation to tia and tamara mowry ?