Essence Atkins

Essence Atkins @essence_says

But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.
Does that answer ur question?

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #ihaveadream #thelightwins

Took my son to the roaming exhibit @compassionexperience in Chatsworth tonight (they're there tomorrow & Monday too) Varro chose a little girl to sponsor and write to. He's excited to talk to his new "big sister". What a cool way to help kids understand how some children live in poverty around the globe and that we can make a difference in the lives of others.

There is so much to admire about these two: their children, their fortitude and strength, their dignity and elegance, their excellence and legacy. But what I also see is an abundance of love for their community, their country and each other. I greatly respect and admire how valiantly they support and bring out the best in one another. Watching the Obama's in these 8 years gives me HOPE in so many things but I also see evidenced how love can make us better and more courageous versions of ourselves. Thank you both, for your exemplary service of our citizens and your extraordinary example of LOVE. #potusπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ #flotus #Obama

The pre-shrut strut!!! Lmao!!! Wait for me...I'm almost there @marlonwayans @breshawebb @dialloriddle!!!
DRESS: @tankovitz MAKEUP: @stacysfaces SHOES #givenchy # nervous #hopeyoulike #redcarpetangst

Heading out to the @nbc #goldenglobes2017 after party. Gotta fix my hair in the car. πŸ˜‚ Thank you @stacysfaces for the beautiful and thank you @tankovitz for the gorgeous dress!

5 yrs ago today God blessed us with the most incredible gift, our son, Varro. I was instaneously overwhelmed with bliss while simultaneously terrified. What an incredible challenge to love and protect cherish and inspire a person to develop into the best version of themselves. I wanted to be a perfect parent and that paralyzed me somewhat because I also understood that perfection doesn't exist in our human hearts. However, I still attempt and offer my best efforts because Varro is so generous in all that he gives simply in his existence: joy, laughter, intelligence, strength, curiosity, humility and kindness. He is both my student and teacher and I am honored beyond measure to be his mommy. Today and forever more I wish that he never doubt how wonderful he is or how loved he is and how deserving he is of all that God can do beyond our imaginations when humanity reaches its capacity. Happy Birthday my love and thank you Father for choosing me to be his mom. May we reach the summit of what you, Lord, intend for all of us, together.

Love. Happiness. Success. I see you 2017!!! I'm ready! #yesjesuslovesme #iamjustbeginning

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If you needed a reason to be grateful today, know that God woke you up and you are safe from harm. I'm sending my prayers to #Aleppo #Syria #thelightwins #peace

So happy to be back at work with this guy @marlonwayans! Coming in 2017! @nbcmarlon #blessed #magic #iamjustbeginning

#wcw Thank you @halleberry for this reminder today! Go be great y'all!!! 😘 #iamjustbeginning

When you bump into familiar faces and introduce your Real son to your TV daughter for the 1st time!!!! #varroblairmendez @notlimtaylor120 @nbcmarlon

One of my favorite women on earth is having a birthday today... If you know me then you also know after 16 years of friendship how much I love her. But what you may not know is how much she changed my life. She taught me to recognise and embrace my magic and championed me to be unapologetic in cultivating my brand of joy.
Happy Birthday to you @gabunion! May you continue to be surprised by life with unexpected blessings and smiles. XO #44 #vanillapuddin

Rise of the Jack O' Laterns!!! Happy Halloween! #familia #goodtimes

Last night at the premiere of "Loving". What an incredible story and the performances are outstanding! Thank you @thomaswyldeofficial (pants) @sanyaedemure (top) and @chazefoley for helping me bring out my inner rock star!!!πŸŽΈπŸ˜‚

Such a great night celebrating diversity! Thank you
@SergioHudson for the dress & @chazefoley for styling me! #shortfilms @nbcmarlon

Please help me celebrate this beautiful woman @terrijvaughn on her birthday! Her loving spirit and generous heart are unmatched. She is an incredible wife, mother, friend, mentor, producer, artist and sister to so many. Her passion and dedication to touch and leave this world better than how she found it inspires me so much. I am blessed to have her in my corner and in my life. Terri I pray that every dream still burning within you is blessed beyond your wildest imagination. May HIS light favor and love manifest abundantly in every direction you move!

"There is a fountain of youth: it is in your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source you will truly have defeated age." Sophia Loren
Photo & Hair by @bradfordrogne Make-up by @kevglam #44 #nofilter #noretouch #iamjustbeginning

Student Credo: "To build confidence through knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body." Someone got their Green Belt in Hapkeido today!!!! #varromendez #proudmommy

A father of four. Gone. Not resisting arrest because he wasn't committing a crime; just a man simply having car trouble. Shot while his hands were in the air. No attempts made to save his life. Executed. I am heartbroken for those who loved him and for humanity. #blacklivesmatter

Beginning in the fall of 1996 I was on a tv show called Smart Guy and this robe is the only momento I kept; it was my favorite article of clothing that belonged to Yvette. It amazes me to now have a beautiful son who also loves to cuddle up in it. #beloved #gratitude #longevity

Stop light selfie. HAPPY Saturday y'all! No filter just sunlight 😎! #44 #iamjustbeginning

For anyone who dropped big $$$ tonight on a good time...FYI you can be thrifty AND have unbridled joy at home in your pj's! #winning πŸ˜‚

What a fun night watching the incredible music and spoken word artists at #versesandflow hosted by my friend @alldondre of the new hit show #queensugar! And always delightful to run into this beautiful lady @msshaunrobinson 😚

9/11/01 We remember! Gratitude to all the servicemen and women who assisted. Today we honor the victims and send love to those left behind. And lastly thank you to all the angels that gave up their lives attempting to save others. #NYC #theresnoplacelikehome

So much fun with these two today!!! Hair and photos by @bradfordrogne and makeup by my AMAZING baby cousin @kevglam!!!! #nofilter #44 #iamjustbeginning

#FBF That time I was on Celebrity Family Fued with Team Ribeiro. You missed it?! Oh, right, it hasn't aired yet. It's the season finale THIS SUNDAY 9/11/16 at 8pm on #abc. Watch captain @therealalfonsoribeiro almost panic while I give, potentially, the most nonsensical answer ever!!! πŸ€”πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

Beware of counterfeits... it's not just money!

Tomorrow at 1:15! #themergesummit2016
@tashacobbs @realmichellew @drthema and I will be discussing
A Better You: The Journey to Wellness & Freedom
Thrilled to be a part of this discussion.

There are a few things I love as much as being an actress however being invited to share and hopefully inspire other women to nourish and activate their dreams is undoubtedly one of them! Thank you #dreamgirlluncheon2016 for honoring me as your keynote speaker today. I was blessed to be in the company of so many incredible women. #gratitude #pressplayonyourdreams

It's been a magical holiday. And for me, the best thing about my blessings are to share them with those I love. Happy Almost Birthday & your awesome first year in CA/college @alyssamrm_ !!!! #proudaunt #payitforward

One of the most succinct measures of scrutinizing the agendas of those in your life. Are they down for right now or are they down for YOU period?!
You will know the truth and it will set you free.

As I walked towards the Coloseum today (which is more breathtaking than I imagined) my spirit reminded me of this truth:
LOVE is the most resilient of all ancient things; it is infinite. #Thelightwins πŸ˜™

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