No. 4: Essence Atkins
From “Smart Guy” to “Half & Half,” this actress knows how to make a TV sitcom a success. Essence Atkins flies under the radar when it comes to red carpets and gossip, but she’s definitely a leading lady on the small screen.
Her most current project, “Are We There Yet?” is from executive producer Ice Cube and it co-stars Terry Crews. The series’ second season started in January, and if her past is any indication, it will be around for a while.