Hat’s Off To A Wonderful Cause!

Article by : By KATIE NICHOLL and FLORA BRADLEY-WATSON

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has added another string to her bow by becoming an author – with a little help from her famous friends.

The Titanic star’s debut book, The Golden Hat, features self-taken photographs of celebrities – including George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio and Penelope Cruz – wearing her favourite trilby hat to raise awareness of autism.

The book was inspired by Winslet’s experience working on the 2009 documentary, A Mother’s Courage, about a young boy, Keli Dagmar, who has a severe form of non-verbal autism.

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George Clooney in the trilby. If he couldn’t speak but the hat enabled him to, he would say: ‘I’m sorry about Batman And Robin’

The name of the book, which was published last week, was taken from a poem by Keli.

‘In the poem, a magical golden hat enables him to speak when he wears it,’ Winslet, 36, explained.

Alongside the self-portraits are the stars’ responses to the question: ‘If you couldn’t speak but this hat enabled you to do so, what would you like to say?’

 

Actress Angelina Jolie, whose famous pout is the only part of her face visible beneath the trilby, says her first words would be: ‘Eat vegetables’.

Meanwhile, Clooney captions his picture ‘I’m sorry about Batman And Robin’ – a reference to his 1997 film that was voted the worst-ever by Empire magazine.

Actors Jude Law and Ben Stiller, actress Emily Blunt, Sir Richard Branson and U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour are among the other celebrities featured.

The Golden Hat is Kate Winslet’s debut book. It was inspired by her experience working on the 2009 documentary, A Mother’s Courage

Actress Marion Cotillard, who is pictured make-up free in a simple black T-shirt, says her words would be: ‘Silence is an energy; silence tells something; silence is a part of the world.’

Keli’s mother Margret – who was advised to put her son in an institution but instead embarked on a mission to help him integrate with society – wrote to Winslet asking for help  making a documentary about  the family’s plight.

Kate agreed to narrate the film for free and the two women became firm friends, together founding the autism charity Golden Hat Foundation.

Winslet, who says she came up with the idea for The Golden Hat while she was brushing her teeth one night, has described the photographs as ‘an intimate glimpse into the real world of these people lending their voices to those without’.

She added: ‘I am hoping to raise awareness about the challenges facing children with autism.’

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All proceeds from sales of  the book will go to the Golden Hat Foundation.

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Tisha Campbell’s Personal Testimony of Dealing With Her Son’s Autism

Other than the fact that  Tisha Campbell is an amazing actress and has LOADS of   fashion sense, she has awesome wisdom about  families on how she dealt with autism with  her own child, as well as concerns about her family’s lack of acceptance with it.

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Hat’s off to you, Tisha for being  such an  AMAZING MOM!!

Photo from Exposay
Photo from Exposay

CROWNS – 10th Anniversary on Stage!

With hip-hop african , jazz and african music being coming Center Stage as well as the spoken word, African American women take the stage with this rendition of CROWNS. Actress and DIRECTOR Regina Taylor (Actress on Losing Isaiah and Courage Under Fire and Lean on Me)   continues to make her mark! Check it out!

 

 

Regina Taylor  grew up with the love of books and the power of words and has directed a few plays. “Crowns” tells the story of 17-year-old Yolanda, who’s sent down South to stay with her grandmother after her brother is shot to death in the street.
“She is introduced to her grandmother’s circle of ‘hat queens,’” Taylor said. “Think of the ‘Joy Luck Club.’”

Yolanda gets to know the women through their “crowns.”
“Each hat has a story about … each woman’s life,” Taylor said. “As she learns these stories, she finds out that she’s not alone in the journeys that she’s had, the struggles she’s had, others have shared them.

“They give her a sense (that) she can be this unique individual among other unique individuals whose purpose is to support her, to root her as she moves forward in her own way. They send her back to Chicago whole, knowing where she comes from, knowing that she has a foundation. She can see where she’s from in a different way.”“Crowns” tells the story of 17-year-old Yolanda, who’s sent down South to stay with her grandmother after her brother is shot to death in the street.

“She is introduced to her grandmother’s circle of ‘hat queens,’” Taylor said. “Think of the ‘Joy Luck Club.’” ReginaTaylor_01_sm
Yolanda gets to know the women through their “crowns.”

“Each hat has a story about … each woman’s life,” Taylor said. “As she learns these stories, she finds out that she’s not alone in the journeys that she’s had, the struggles she’s had, others have shared them.

“They give her a sense (that) she can be this unique individual among other unique individuals whose purpose is to support her, to root her as she moves forward in her own way. They send her back to Chicago whole, knowing where she comes from, knowing that she has a foundation. She can see where she’s from in a different way.”

Source: Rebellious Magazine

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