putting more POSITIVE IMAGES back in our global community          on a mental, physical and spiritual level



​​​​ 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 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.