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. She went on to guest star on some more boob-tube productions, such as Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Moesha, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, all of which did little to expose Essence beyond her typecasting as a tease. She finally hit the more nude-worthy big screen with Nikita Blues (2001), in which she stars as a teenager seeking love in all the wrong places. Despite the film's tagline, "Nikita wants to give her teacher more than just a red apple," Essence is decidedly clothed throughout. She continued pushing the envelope, which was stuffed with illegal substances in Too High (2001), but you'll get red-eye looking for any flesh from Essence. The closest to exposing herself that's she's come is on the TV series Half & Half, where she seduces her beau easily in a black-lace bra and pantie set. Essence has gone on to star in Deliver Us from Eva (2003), but until she delivers us from skingy, the Essence of her career remains limp.