RUBY Y BURKE
Ruby Y. Burke is a native of Washington, DC. She began her writing career with the release of her first children’s book entitled, Yap-Yap, “The Talking Horse” in 2008 (republished in 2015). She is also the author of “Survivors, Emancipation Day” 2nd Edition (republished 2014), which contains 20 stories of women who have survived life changing challenges. In addition to being an author, Ruby is an entrepreneur, a mentor and a speaker. She is the president/CEO of Children's Book Workshop(“CBW”) and the Vice President/Executive Director of Operations for Sisters in Harmony (“SiH”), a web based Economic Networking Organization (a 501c3 org.) which uplifts and encourages all genders and nationalities. Ruby has recently been named the Director of Women and Children’s Empowerment Issues in Kenya and neighboring countries in Africa. Her work with young ladies in the areas of self-esteem, goals and dreams and bullying, has earned her this prestigious title and has given her the platform to do work that is near and dear to her heart. She is also the proud mother of three adult children. She is a survivor of domestic violence and has chosen to become a survivor and not a victim, and this has allowed her to help other in similar situations. Working with her business partner, Edmund Herman (Brother Umoja), has given her the courage to overcome her own challenges.
DR. KATHLEEN E. WALLS
ED UMOJA HERMAN
Dr. Kathleen E. Walls is the owner and founder of the G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T. Counseling & Consulting, located in Philadelphia, PA, the author of The G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T. Soul Journey (2009) and Live By The Spirit: Inspired Thoughts Volume 1 (2015). She is also the host of her Internet radio and YouTube shows, Dr. Walls & Friends. Dr. Walls is a psycho-dynamically trained and systems-oriented doctor of Clinical Psychology. She counsels, consults, coaches, teaches, and delivers interactive seminars and motivational speeches. She researches and develops strategic plans, programs, and curriculums for a wide range of civic, educational, healthcare, and business enterprises. Dr. Walls enjoys traveling domestically and internationally, embracing and facilitating cross- cultural exchanges, incorporating a holistic perspective in the development of leaders, mentoring young people, students, and rising business and social science professionals. Dr. Walls especially enjoys helping people learn how to live their G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T. Life!
Edmund “Umoja” Herman, known to many as Brother Umoja, is the founder of Umoja Communications Company Inc. (UCCI), the Piton International Film Festival (PIFF), Sisters in Harmony (SiH), Speaking to Harmony (Blog Talk Radio Show), and Umoja Communications Company Network (UCCN). UCCI began with its introduction into the world of media with Umoja Photo in 1991. Since it’s inception, Brother Umoja has had the honor of being the personal photographer for the Reverend Al Sharpton for 5-years, and working with the late Johnny Cochran, Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, and many others. Brother Umoja has also been sought out to capture the images of numerous historical, political, musical, and sporting events worldwide.
Throughout the years, within his multi-media company, Brother Umoja has had the pleasure of interviewing and/or establishing working relationships with individuals from various media genres such as director Warrington Hudlin (Boomerang, House Party, etc.), actor Antonio Fargas (Starsky & Hutch, Foxy Brown, etc.), South African International music Sensation Lira, the Commodores, the legendary Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths, and many others. After years of networking and establishing ongoing relationships with those in the film industry, Brother Umoja also began working with individuals who started or had ongoing film festivals.
In 2014, UCCI launched the Piton Film Festival (PFF), in honor of the Piton Peaks in St. Lucia, the homeland of Brother Umoja. After the resounding global interest from filmmakers and producers of creative art works (i.e. features, documentaries, musicians, visual artists, authors, etc.) to have their works showcased at the festival, PFF was rebranded as the Piton International Film Festival (PIFF). Along with this rebranding, came a change in focus from being a competition to focusing on collaboration with a 12- month initiative to assist with global exposure, monetization, and education. Since, this change, PIFF is now actively working with and promoting hundreds of actors, singers, musicians, filmmakers, producers, directors, etc. from over 52 different countries around the world.