Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins sparked romance rumors after cuddling on the red carpet at the NBCUniversal Press Day on Wednesday. Marlon, 45, and Essence, 46, couldn't keep their hands off each other.

Marlon divorced his wife, Angelica Zackary, a few years ago after tying the knot in 2005. The ex-couple have two children together.

Essence recently went through a bitter divorce from Jaime Mendez after 10 years of marriage. She revealed the divorce in 2016. The ex-couple share a 6-year-old son, Varro Blair Mendez.

Finding love again gives people a different perspective on life. Marlon tweeted a prayer to Kanye West, who is on the hot seat after expressing his support for President Donald Trump and uttering an unfortunate comment about slavery that was taken out of context.

Marlon wrote: "I woke up this morning & i prayed 4 @kanyewest although slavery was NOT A CHOICE... LOVE IS. So please choose love, choose healing, choose stregnth, choose mercy, choose GOD! All he needs is to do do is embrace humility. Stop worshiping the false idol (himself) and worship GOD."


  • Roderick2011

    Sandra, are you trying to get hired as Kanye's publicist?

  • Gloria

    Awww, good for them. I’ve always liked her as an actress and Marlon Wayan’s recent Netflix special is hilarious.
    Falling in love after heartbreak is possible! God bless!

  • Coy little wink

    They cute and hot together...if true. But I thought Marlon liked white chicks. That blond hair tho...why lawd...

  • Shawty

    Love is a beautiful thing. Happy for them and hope it lasts.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I hope not that's a sinking ship ... Quick sand

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Cute couple! (and kudos to Marlon on... 1-not looking anywhere near age 45, 2-dating a Sister, and 3-that prayer for the boy in the sunken place...)

  • Scromes1212

    What he posted was straight foolishness smh these folks crazy lol Marlon is divorced cause he admittedly cheated on his wife smh worry about getting your life together and not another mans opinion

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    (please don't mention the name of he whose name shall not be mentioned)

  • Scromes1212

    You think he had liposuction?

  • iWasteTime

    I love every part of this!
    They look good together and happy.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    on what?

  • Scromes1212

    In general. Just because he slim today don't mean he ain't never been overweight.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    okay..... but he's pretty much had the same physique since he's been on the scene (and that's been a long time, and he works pretty consistently)

  • Valerie D. Henderson

    I love that Marlon Wayans.

  • BayAreaValleyGirl

    I don't see anything foolish about what he said. It was actually very encouraging. So he can't voice his opinion about Kanye's life (like you just voiced your opinion about his life) because he made a mistake??? Everyone on this blog is voicing opinions. I'm sure as ish your ish is not over there smelling like roses and daisies.

  • Kemi

    They look good together. Hope they’re compatible in the long run. Nothing like black love ?? ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Well they do have a show together, perhaps that’s why they’re so close. If not, RUN ESSENCE! He doesn’t commit girl!

  • Nikkiknows

    Wait, didn't she marry someone she met on I know Tatyana Ali did, but I thought she did too?

  • Scromes1212

    I agree but he took a shot at Ye. You can't deny that. Saying that Ye sees himself as a god. Don't throw stones and hide your hand. Trying to clean it up by saying he preyed for Ye smh cut it out

  • osmenna

    She did.

  • Ni Ni

    ???Please don't?.

  • WhoYouTalkingAbout

    If true.. they look nice together.. they DEF look happy

  • Scromes1212

    That's true

  • Blue

    Happy for them.

  • Tiff J

    Her child is 6!?!?!? Why do I feel like she JUST HAD that baby. I remember her being prego cause it was a "big deal" since she was having her first child later in life. Dang time flies. Good for them.

  • Tiff J

    On a side note, they both have beautiful teeth.

  • Scromes1212


  • davine puddin

    I love their corny as show. I like them both. And shawn naked? Yeah just watch the movie Requiem for a Dream. I just hope the relationship doesn't spoil quickly.

  • MissHarlem

    Good for them if true. Love his show Marlon glad he got a second season. Marlon don't waste your prayers ??

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Marlon just gained a follower...I always liked him anywho..

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  • OriginalGuestest

    Well they do look couplish up there..

  • Logan Roberts


  • Bonita


  • Logan Roberts

    I was just thinking this, like damn he aged better than her.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL! i was about to call the Sister a cougar, smh....

  • hi-liter

    Okay, that’s a good look for them both.

  • Lanegra??

    I said the same thing it seemed like just yesterday she married the man off of Wow.

  • Logan Roberts

    Never thought I would say Marlon looks pretty cute. That blonde hair ages Essence. I love what Marlon tweeted to Kanye, he told no lies.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Marlon looks sexy with his skinny legs.



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  • Mischelle

    They certainly make a cute couple but his body language screams tension. He's either leaning away from her or has the forced smile and tense body. Hopefully shes not being overbearing and coming on too strong.

  • Roderick2011

    I can't believe that Marlon got someone to marry his corny-looking a$$.

    Isn't she the snobby sister from that show Half-and-Half?

  • XoXo

    This is a good match. Happy for them.

  • Roderick2011

    Yeah she's only defending Kanye to defend Trump.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i discovered that show after it was off the air, but some of those characters were hilarious, especially the actress who played mother to Essence's character, lol

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  • Scromes1212

    His ex wife is black. I'm confused

  • tintin

    he is looking kinda cute as he grows older but still seems like a child. I just don't see a man when i look at him.

  • tintin

    HIs show Marlion is hilarious.

  • tintin

    she had her first child at 40!! good for her

  • Roderick2011

    Same her.

    That mom character gets on my nerves even though she is kinda funny.

  • Roderick2011

    He looks as if he could a domestic abuser or serial killer.

  • Owww76

    Valarie Pettiford, yes she was hilarious, her and Telma Hopkins going at it always cracked me up!!

  • Applebootay

    I hope they are a couple, they look cute together, seems like a good match. Rooting for them. #blacklove

    Every time Sandra Rose says "....comment about slavery that was taken out of context" blood boils a little, but imma take the high road and not....or try very very hard not to comment about it ever again.

  • Tammie Reed

    I was on set with these two they are cute together but I don't think they are a couple lol.

  • Kita Williams

    okay LOL most of the wayans, I blv, married black. whole free internet and yet............

  • guest

    So are they couple or not?

  • BaileyBlue17


  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yes! she was fierce for real though... i think she was more well known among the Broadway set, and could sing & dance as well as act!

  • cherrypie

    Is it?? I saw the first couple of epi and they were dry never went back to watch anymore. I guess it got better tho.

  • Miss Thang

    I approve this message :) They look great together :)

  • deadellamore

    "taken out of context"...GTFOH! Kanye DESERVES this dragging!

  • Anunnaki

    Chili did say he was a good man, and she wish it could have worked so kudos.

  • Harley


  • Harley

    He was married to a beautiful woman. Not that it matters.... corny or not he seems like a cool and funny guy... better than these thugs who disrespect women

  • Guest

    I like this!

  • Marlika

    I remember when Essence was bragging she meet her husband on

    They do look cute together.

    I never cared for her as an actress. She can’t act worth a damn. ?????

  • Applebootay

    I was telling my daughter last night about when I really fell in love with Kanye. He was performing Jesus Walks, I think on MTV...and he had his mother on to the side....he dedicated the song to her.....and he actually did a crypt like Jesus walks across the want that Kanye back....<>

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I thought I was the only one. I've vowed to not click on another "Kanye's misunderstood" post... anywhere.

  • Applebootay

    He look like an edible snack now that he's aged....I'd definitely try it out...LOL

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  • Applebootay

    We all fall short....just because he committed adultery means he can't have an opinion about slavery??? Because if having a opinion can only be given if you've never committed a sin.....ALL OF US, including you should log off now go home and repent and never come back to this site again.

  • Applebootay

    What did he hide? He tweeted on a public social platform...saying he prayed is hiding.....that's hiding?

  • Applebootay

    Like for real YO!

  • Applebootay

    and to stir up controversy....she know we be going IN.....she like the drama...LOL

  • SpillyNillie

    They make a cute couple. I like Marlon, he's a fool!

  • Kayke

    She's the sister from Smart Guy too

  • Scromes1212

    its ok to have a opinion about slavery. I'm all for that, that's why I defend Ye. My thing is don't make it seem like I'm less a person or I somehow have a mental problem cause I don't agree with you. Did you read the comment he made? What does Ye having a opinion about slavery have to do with him thinking he is God?

  • Elevated Soul

    I love the mature response of Mr. Wayans. He responded with love as opposed to hate that mainly resonates with the left because they can't begin to grasp what Kanye West meant.....There have been too many Black Democrats responding in ignorance because one slave escaped the Democratic Plantation.

    Too many Blacks respond in haste and ignorance,which is usually also accompanied by too much emotion.....Too many negros resist any Black person who does not possess sheeple traits.

    Essence remind me of my favorite Aunt............

  • Kayke

    I don't see that. I see by the way his hands are actually holding her, not just rested on her flat.

  • Scromes1212

    He is not hiding but I just want all these celebrities to keep this same energy when they do something that is actually bad that is not just a opinion. TI, Snoop, Marlon, and the list goes on. When they f*ck up on some serious sh*t, keep the same energy. Cause last time I checked having a different opinion about slavery ain't the same as adultry or criminal acts. But that's just me *kanye shrug *

  • Connie

    I just don't think he's funny on his own. I can watch when he performs with Sean

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  • Yoni7

    I cannahh!

  • Yoni7

    I think Keenan's wife is the YT girl from The Game. I could be wrong.

  • Reina1718

    Me too i didnt know they broke up!

  • Roderick2011

    I've never seen that show.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Lil toothpick legs! LOLLLOL!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Two nice looking people -- I always thought Marlon played for the other team...

  • Applebootay

    I agree with you that it ain't the same....because what Kanye is spewing is about our ENTIRE HISTORY on why we're here in USA in the first place...Ninjas had harems of women and tribes of wives...who you sleeping with is none of my business, who you cheating with is none of my business...but keep my ancestors out your mouth(to kanye)!!

  • Applebootay

    I like Ye, I'm a Chicagoan...we carry our own...however, when you have the platform you do and you make such a HUGE SWEEPING OPINION on an entire race, which is your race....there will be just can't be spewing shat out of your mouth in the position he's in....TRUMP call Africa and Haiti Sh@t hole countries......and we dragged his azz for his opinion........that's why they tell you(here in working class America) to never discuss religion, sex or politics at's potentially career-endangering ......

    Its Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt....

  • Scromes1212

    Come on now smh stop it. Having a opinion on history is disrespectful but beating up your wife, selling dope, dead beat dad, literally everything else is forgivable, Stop it. I seen you comment on people's personal life and there actual business. Now you the "I stay out of people personal life" person lol? You just choose to be mad at Kanye cause he had a opinion that's he couldn't articulate smh so that takes away from all the great things he did cause a interview on tmz lol ok

  • Applebootay

    I just did....It's so hard not to...LOL

  • Just here4 the comments

    And I always thought Shawn played for the other team.

  • Scromes1212

    See what your doing? Trump did not say that. It's a lie that came from someone that doesn't like him. Did you hear him say it? No, but you did hear Obama call Ye a jackass in front of the entire country. Ye made a opinion on something and it wasn't a popular opinion. Period

  • Trace da Ace

    funny, cause when I googled searched his ex wife name...all I got was pics of him and Essence,..and 1 look like polaroid pic of him and his ex thoughts are they have been smashing for years...and finally when they get they can hook up in public....jus saying....happy friday eve boss just said that to me and I swear I wanted to slap the shit out of

  • 2gr8ful

    I remember when she went through the divorce she said it was hard stepping out there again with new age of dating. I am so happy for her everyone deserves love.

  • Cocoa Rose

    Yawn. That's why Koonye supports his wife remembering the genocide of her people in Armenia. You thought we forgot that?

  • Cannelle

    love her outfit.

  • Karmen

    Lol! I never thought that. Maybe the movie White Chicks was too convincing.

  • Marlika

    When I read about it a while ago I was surprised.

  • Applebootay

    Yes I did hear it. They played the actual audio on NPR...see unlike most here...I actually stay well informed and read. Try it out.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Oh wow... Maybe they both do...

  • Yardgirl

    It was such a cute show! 1997-99 on WB with reruns on Disney & Nick. Tia and Tamera's lil brother Tahj Mowry was the "smarty guy" Good clean family series.

  • I’M IN AWE…

    So are they renewing his show Marlon that star both of them..... That's the only reason I can see them out photographed together.

  • Smith Jane

    Shit lol

  • Smith Jane

    Most black actresses can’t ?????

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Um no! Veneers don't look realistic at all. You can tell they're rocking their own teeth. Everyone that has veneers has the same smile. Essence ans Marlon don't have the same smile. Their teeth don't even look alike. Marlons had the same teeth and smile since in living color. Essence has had those teeth since the Cosby show.

  • Junkanoo

    No one even knew they got married let alone divorced . This is about as interesting as a empty bag of potatoe chips

  • Wreckognize Game

    Good sentiment Marlon, (himself) was unneccessary although I know what you mean .These memes and jokes are hilarious but then I realized ok he seems to be mentally ill. So i will stop.

  • minkyfinky


  • mona q's definitely for the show.

  • Scromes1212

    Your smart, don't do that. Please give me a link to Trump saying, Haiti is a shithole country. I'll wait. Those words didn't come out his mouth and you know that but your going to run with that fake news smh

  • teather

    If they are together, very cute couple. Finding love again after many years is a blessing. Sometimes love comes totally unexpectedly. As for Ye, he does need some love, although he's failed to show it. No excuse, Love one another is the premise upon every religion in the world. So . . forward march

  • Dahl

    I don’t read “couple” in the pics...

  • Applebootay

    I listen to live public radio, don't have a link. There was this one reporter , I think the only allowed that close to the proximity of the room that was interviewing one of the other officials (now fired)at that time. The whole interview was over an hour and I think they cut it into segments. It was very interesting to say the least....I know you don't know me, but one thing I despise is a liar. I have nothing to gain or lose whatsoever by making this up and I get my news from very reputable responsible sources and NPR is one of them. I thought everyone knew this. I didn't think I was revealing something that hasn't been said. I'm the type that need receipts too like you. This is my last comment on this. Debating this isn't proving anything. Peace.

  • Applebootay

    I'm not mad, just disappointed at his and your lack of basic historical education of black history. I also meant that I could care less about who they fugging to be this passionate...however, I'm digressing on you and this topic.

  • Scromes1212

    Cool. Deuces

  • Bossy704

    They have amazing chemistry, but she usually plays his love interest. Marlon is so amazingly wonderful.. Don't get me started. I have seen him live 3 times and he gets better every time. ALMOST as good as my true love Damon. I seen him too and he was staring at my boobies. I liked it.

  • Zedian Queen

    Damn you knailed her lol!!!

  • i troll it like i see it

    I didn't realize Essence Atkins divorced. And I also can't believe it been ten years since I read about her marrying a man she met on, I always thought that was sweet. Too bad they didn't make it.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Same here.

  • kekeb

    Big ups the Marlon for that post!!!!!!
    And if he and Essence are a couple, CONGRATULATIONS!!! They're cute together

  • kekeb

    I think Kanye is battling brilliance and insanity. I think although he says outlandish BS SOMETIMES, he probably is the victim of SOMETIMES not be able to adequately express himself by way of verbal communication.

    Do I think slavery was a choice OF COURSE NOT!!!
    I think Kanye MEANT to say, "I feel the slaves should have used their strength in numbers to have a mass revolt which would have likely ended slavery much sooner than 400 years."
    But the media isn't fond of him and his reputation will likely never recover from this

  • therealkym

    The older Marlon gets he looks better and better. So handsome!

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  • Isignedup4this

    Same thing with Shawn from Boyz 2 Men.

  • Merkaba morris

    What is Marlon battling still worshiping false idols .....him and all celebrities are puppets that took a oath to keep the masses sleep and mind controlled ,Fuck these fake ass religious slaveswhole entertainment business they all sold they soul experience here for fame and fortune

  • Logan Roberts

    Girl she was the original side-piece. Lol.

  • Logan Roberts

    Yes he's not my type, would definitely stay in the friend zone.

  • 11pink123

    Okay let me start by saying Marlon is fine as ———-. He don’t look like he in his 40’s... They look good together.

  • 11pink123

    Oh yeah and Sandra, I love how you’re the only one who called it for what it truley was which is his comment was taken out of context... I like how you keep it ?

  • 11pink123

    I believe you’re 100% accurate. I think he is possessed by satan but still got to much wisdom to fall completely down yet. But what you said sounds much more politically correct.

  • 11pink123

    Yep that’s awesome much better than Daz being a bully

  • 11pink123

    Not true I knew Marlon was married and so did everyone else on here.

  • 11pink123

    Naahh Marlon is a regular nigga, Shawn is the one that’s Gay. Marlon don’t act no different than Snoop in person. Shawn act exactly how they was acting in white chicks. And I think the older one is gay too.

  • 11pink123

    Not Marlon. I’ve met them both. Marlon acts nothing like he does on TV, nothing... The real him could’ve played in boys in the hood. The fake him is how Shawn really act.

  • Junkanoo

    Who cares the less time wrapped up in other peoples business the better

  • TBeezy

    Bigger question, it's May, where is he going with that wool coat and turtle neck on?

  • Nina Ross

    Haiti did just that & they’re still going through the struggle even harder than us... kanye is in ‘the house’ & he loves it, he supports assimilation aka aligning with white supremacy

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  • HelloToni

    I dint even know they were together. Cute couple. Wish them the best.

  • kekeb

    Yes Haiti is still poor as a result of the defeat of the colonizers. Kanye needs to learn, read and
    seek understanding. However, I still think he's in a battle.

  • kekeb

    Hopefully no one takes Daz seriously

  • noireyblanca

    Aww I hope it works out for them!?

  • 1BlueStar

    This write up does not confirm any evidence that these two are a couple. It just merely states they are both divorced and were at an event together. In other words...nothing to see here folks!

  • Lovely1

    I agree. All of this. Thin line between genius and insanity.

  • Tena

    If true, they would make a great couple!

  • MRiGOThim

    they would make a cute couple...but Damon & Shawn are the most handsome Wayans bros :P

  • SandraRose

    Thanks, hun!

  • Merkaba morris

    Marlon can't offer no advice he still worshing a idol god himself , In my opinion Kanye is more in touch with reality than he is . Atleast kanye ain't no ass - kisser like he is with his unfunny ass , I saw him on some show yrs ago this young girl had a crush on him and she got to talk to him on some show and he was acting straight like a lil bitch , that girl say she really misjudged him he wasn't authentic at all , Him and his whole family started the fucking stetotypes on black people , I am so tired of these Black Boule motherfuckers acting like they are down with our cause , all these niggas care about is dollars . .I am tired of all these pretentious ass Celibrities....Love and Light