Essence Atkins: Actress, Mother, AIDS Activist

    ( — “If my water breaks, don’t panic. Just boil some water,” said Essence Atkins with a laugh, 38 weeks pregnant at the time of this interview.

    Nevertheless, she made it through the conversation without incident, delivering her baby boy, Varro, two weeks later on Christmas Day. It is the first child for the 39-year-old Are We There Yet? star and Jamie Mendez, whom she married in September 2009.

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