Apparently, sparks popped off between the two when Taraji sat in for Kelly Ripa on “Live With Kelly And Michael” earlier this month — somewhere between their flirty banter on-stage and Michael showing off his push-up skills during commercial breaks: According to the mag, Taraji soon accepted his offer and let the former baller take her out for drinks and dining at the Mandarin Oriental.
Taraji appears to be feeling him, but isn’t putting all her eggs in the Strahan basket quite yet.
Atkins continued undaunted in her career, however, winning a number of roles in feature films and starring on several more television series including "Smart Guy" (The WB, 1997-99), "Half & Half" (UPN, 2002-06), and "Are We There Yet?
" (TBS, 2010-13), as well as working alongside Marlon Wayans in the spoof of found-footage horror films, "A Haunted House" (2013).
The following year, she co-starred with Keri Russell in the short-lived Fox teen soap opera Malibu Shores. Henson filling in the gap for Michael Strahan these days?According to sources close to the two, the Empire diva and the daytime talk show star have entered the early stages of bae-hood.A popular American Actress Essence Uhura Atkins was born in the year 1972 February 7 in Brooklyn, New York.She is the only child of her parents Sandy Nelson and Jeffery Atkins.She began her career appearing on television sitcoms, before regular role on the short-lived first African American prime time soap opera, Under One Roof (CBS, 1995).Atkins is best known for her roles on television comedies.Trained as a dancer from early childhood, Essence Atkins made the switch to acting as a teenager when she was cast in a guest role on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992). Read more » Trained as a dancer from early childhood, Essence Atkins made the switch to acting as a teenager when she was cast in a guest role on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992).She went on to small parts on other television shows before landing a starring role on the drama "Under One Roof" (CBS, 1995), which lasted a mere six weeks.One of her television roles was in the Saved by the Bell spin-off, Saved by the Bell: The College Years in 1993.She appeared in the pilot, but when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, a regular from the original, opted to return, Atkins's character was written out.