Ruby Y. Burke is a native of Washington, DC. She began her writing career with the release of her first Chidren'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 Chidren'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's 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 others in similar situations. Working with her business partner, Edmund Herman (Brother Umoja), has given her the courage to overcome her own challenges.
Survivors Emancipation Day, 2nd Edition is a compilation of 20 TRUE stories of women who were able to free themselves from the shackles of Life's challenges. These women have decided to be SURVIVORS and do not consider themselves VICTIMS. Life is full of challenges and how we deal with them is the deciding factor as to whether or not we are Survivors of Victims.
Yap-Yap, The Talking Horse was born from a story that Ruby use to tell at her children's school and he name came from the nick name she gave her daughter, Taneka, because she talked all he time. Yap-Yap, The Talking Horse is not only a book that teaches children morals, character and builds their imagination, it is also a workbook. The book teaches through a young boys experience with a horse that he believes can talk. They have all kinds of adventures together
Ruby created a workbook and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation for young ladies. During her mentoring workshops, she realized that it would be beneficial for the young ladies to have something tangible, not only to work on during the workshop, but to take home and review and keep up with their progress. The workshop was developed to help young ladies with bullying, self-esteem, goals and dreams and how they feel about themselves.
Our mission is to unite diverse women of all backgrounds through incredible images in portraits in photography, who are living with a purpose, towards a common goal of harmonizing our talents, skills and abilities, into a network to honor and preserve the positive images of all women. We intent to change how women are viewed and our perception of ourselves by delivering powerful messages through and to the subjects and to the surrounding community. Our vision is to form an alliance among all women, the young and mature, of Sisters 4 Harmony and that it will be a recognized and respected movement. We envision that women of all colors, shapes, and sizes from all over the world will be encompassed in a whole new light By using art, through photography, it will express the beauty within all women and allow them to tell a story of their own. We will uplift and dignify women once again in our communities and around the world. Our private, virtual community where the group networks, exchanges dialogue, write poetry, schedules and conduct events and shares family serves as a central point of communication and as our vehicle to accomplish these goal.s Sisters 4 Harmony is a 501C(3) organization.
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Are you okay? This is something that I have heard a lot during the past five (5) and a half years. My statement has always been the same.... "I am good". But am I?
Let's see, I went to Jamaica for my birthday. I received a phone call from my daughter letting me know that someone had broken into my home. After an hour of crying, God slapped me around and said things are replaceable, your family is not, but they are okay. Be Grateful. I lost my job of 6 years after learning that my 17 year old son was accepted into one of the best ranking schools. I did not have college money, so I prayed and again God slapped me around and said, "That is why I had you put money into your 401k". He said, I got your back. I gave you a gift that will supply all of your needs. My son went to college and graduated with his Bachelors Degree in two years and his Masters Degree in one (at age 20). Was it rough, yes it was, but God had us. While working, I received a phone call stating that my home was on fire. You have got to be kidding me! I left work and my home was actually on fire. Through my tears, I heard God say, "Is more slapping necessary Ruby? Stop crying and take care of your family, you will have plenty of time for that pity party of yours." I put my "OKAY" face on, got my 81 year old father and my 26 year old daughter, went to a hotel and to work the next morning. My insurance covered everything. While taking a bath, I heard my father calling downstairs to me. Well, as it turned out my basement was flooding. In the end, I had 5 feet of water in my basement apartment. Everything I owned was destroyed. Insurance don't cover contents for floods. Therefore, I had to start all over from scratch on my own. Well, with God's help and two years after the flood, my basement apartment is almost complete. After taking inventory of my life, I found that almost everything I put on my vision board and in my vision book, God has manifested. I have started replacing those things with others, because He has shown me that He is a God of Favor, Mercy and Grace. So I say to everyone once and for all:
GOD GOT ME, so yes I am better than okay, I am Great.
R.Y. Burke, Author, Mentor and Speaker
CEO, Children's Book Workshop, LLC
Vice President of Sisters 4 Harmony (formerly Sisters in Harmony)
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