20 Facts About Jessica Alba That Might Surprise You (Including How She Replaced Aaliyah In a Movie)

Jessica Alba is not just a well-known actress. She has built an empire for living organically and is out there fighting the good fight for important causes. But there’s a lot more to her than you may realize.

Here are 20 things you may have never known about Jessica Alba.

1. She’s from Poway.

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The same city that gifted the world members of Blink 182. SoCal represent!

2. She started out in some of our favorite kids shows and movies.

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Remember “The Secret World of Alex Mack”? Or “Camp Nowhere”? She was all up in there acting her heart out. It helped plant the seed for her career, and the big success that would come later.

3. You may even remember her from a total teen movie classic.

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If you ever catch a re-watching of the Drew Barrymore classic “Never Been Kissed” you’ll see Jessica playing mean girl Kirsten. She had the bitch face and bratty attitude down pat, and still somehow came off lovable.

4. Big success at 19.

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While the rest of us were studying for finals or working at Hot Dog on a Stick at 19, Jessica Alba landed a lead role in a major network show. She was still just a teen when she landed the lead in “Dark Angel.” And she went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for her role.

5. She was a replacement for Aaliyah.

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When Aaliyah tragically passed away, not only did it mean that the world would no longer get to have any new music from her. It also meant she wouldn’t be able to shoot the movie “Honey,” which she was set to star in. Jessica stepped in and filled the role.

6. Keeping it honest.

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She cofounded The Honest Company, which is a line of baby and household products that are organic. After having her children she realized how important it was to her to make sure everything in her house and that she put on her babies was good for them. Cue The Honest Company!

7. She was an Air Force brat.

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Because her father was in the Air Force, the Alba family moved around quite a bit. Jessica spent time living in Mississippi, Texas, and then back in California. All before she was 9 years old.

8. She grew up in a conservative family.

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Alba has said she was raised in a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family. However, she considers herself very liberal, even identifying as a feminist at age 5.

9. She dealt with lots of health issues.

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Growing up, Jessica had a long list of health issues that impaired her from attending school and making friends. She suffered from a partially collapsed lungs twice, would deal with pneumonia four to five times a year, and more. This plus all the moving around she did made it hard for her to have a normal upbringing and meet friends.

10. She has ADHD.

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She takes Ritalin to help her manage her ADHD, which she has spoken openly about. It’s important to have these discussions in the open to help dispel stigmas about mental health.

11. She dreamed big at a young age.

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In 1992, an 11-year-old Alba persuaded her mother to take her to an acting competition in Beverly Hills, where the grand prize was free acting classes. Alba won the grand prize, and took her first acting lessons. An agent signed Alba nine months later.

12. She learned to swim before she could walk.

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Her mom, who was a lifeguard, taught Jessica to swim before she could walk. She was also a certified scuba diver, which came in very handy when she was filming the TV show “Flipper” in Australia. She played Maya.

13. She left high school early.

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Eager to get her acting career going full time, Jessica worked hard and put in extra hours so she could graduate high school early. She was only 16 years old when she got her diploma.

14. She studied acting under some of the greats.

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After Alba graduated from high school, she studied acting with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman at the Atlantic Theater Company. The acting school was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director, David Mamet.

15. She’s a bestselling author.

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Based on her experience in co-creating The Honest Company and living an organic and non-toxic life, Alba decided to write a book about how she did it and ways families can make choices in their household and personal care products that can bring about a healthier life. The book, “The Honest Life,” went on to be a New York Times bestseller.

16. She gets political.

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Alba posed for a bondage-themed print advertising campaign by Declare Yourself, a campaign encouraging voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election. “I think it is important for young people to be aware of the need we have in this country to get them more active politically,” she said. It’s important to her to spread the need to vote.

17. She rides for sharks.

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While Great White sharks have a bad rap for being the villains of the ocean, their population has been diminishing, which is very sad and dangerous to the eco system. Alba was involved in a controversy after she pasted posters of sharks around town to draw attention to the loss of sharks. People wanted her to be charged with vandalism, though she was never charged.

18. She left the catholic church over victim blaming and harassment.

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She once explained, “Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing, when I wasn’t. It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman.” That lead her to leave the church. Plus, the catholic church’s view on the LGBTQ community and how she was treated by friends from church made her question the religion more.

19. She traced her roots to ancient civilizations.

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In 2014, Alba appeared in Henry Louis Gates’s genealogy series “Finding Your Roots.” There she found out that her lineage goes back to the ancient Maya civilization. Her father’s line also showed Sephardi Jewish roots, and DNA testing revealed that she’s related to famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

20. She got engaged at 20.

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When she was a teen on Dark Angel, she started dating her co-star Michael Weatherly. He was 12 years older than her and she was still a virgin. They broke up three years later. She eventually talked publicly about how that relationship affected her and her family’s relationship.

There’s a lot to Jessica. She’s also a mom and wife, a tireless advocate, and a kick ass fighter who stands up for herself. Watch “Honey” tonight in her honor.

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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