ESSENCE ATKINS (Kisha)
Essence Atkins is best known for the roles of Dee Dee Thorne on the UPN sitcom HALF & HALF and as Yvette Henderson on the The WB sitcom SMART GUY. She is currently starring in the TV series ARE WE THERE YET? as Suzanne Kingston-Persons.
Atkins has appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, including HOW HIGH, DELIVER US FROM EVA, FAMILY MATTERS, SISTER SISTER, and THE COSBY SHOW. She also had a main role in SMART GUY as the older sister Tasha Yvette Henderson, as well as the starring role of Dee Dee Thorne in the
series HALF & HALF, playing half-sister to Rachel True's character.