Visionary, Author, President & Co-Founder
"I began writing at age eleven to channel feelings I could not express in spoken word due to child abuse. Yes, becoming an author was always my dream, but I had no idea that by submitting to God my dream would come true. Your visit to this web site is not by chance. I am glad you are here. Get Your JOY In The Morning is not just about finding faith, but to show that it is through faith that one finds purpose and healing."
Joy has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and General Business and Management with a specialization in International Business from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). Joy was the co-founder and marketing manager for the Blacks In Film Festival at UMCP. The festival won Student Union Program Council's "Program of the Year" award in 1997 for program authenticity and participation. Joy went on to replicate the festival again in 1998 at the request of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)-UMCP Chapter.
She was commissioned as a teacher of the Word of God in August 2006. On December 15, 2007 Joy accepted God's call upon her life to be an evangelist. Joy is president and co-founder of Get Your JOY In The Morning! LLC. It is not just about finding faith, but to show it is by faith that one finds purpose and healing. Joy had to nearly die before understanding her purpose so she knows this motto personally. Joy is an award-winning author and speaker, mentors youth, has co-founded organizations, volunteered her time with senior citizens and the homeless. She has mentored and assisted six writers to become authors. Joy is formerly a contributing writer for the nationally distributed publication called Divine Voice Magazine. She is also executive producer/writer of a documentary film. Joy is the writer, executive producer and director of the stage play, Broken Pieces: Some Family Wounds Run Generations Deep which debuted Memorial Day weekend 2018 and completed two showruns. Broken Pieces is set to debut on tv/streaming in 2019. Joy has been a guest on radio (including Spirit 1400AM Baltimore, A Radio One Station), TV (including Fox 45 News Baltimore, NBC4 News Washington and WUSA*9 News Washington), and one of three women featured in a short documentary film, The Power of Femininity by Ratliff Events. Joy has written reviews for various books, films and network television shows. Joy is a member of BMI, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) and FilmGate Miami. She is a supporter and ambassador for Safe Shores, The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center's Coffee for Kids Program and an active member and volunteer regional ambassador for the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA). Joy writes messages to several hundred people across the U.S., Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia.
About Raiza Bonaparte
Vice President and Co-Founder
Raiza's dream was always to motivate and inspire people to find hidden talents. She had no idea that rekindling her relationship with Christ would lead her back in that direction. Raiza's re-commitment and dedication to Christ paved the way for her family to know Christ as well.
Raiza has a Bachelor degree in International Business from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She has trained on stage in front of thousands of Latino men and women in network marketing. Raiza is a bonafide business woman with an eye for great investments and talent. She was a talent scout with Barbizon Modeling. She was also a mortgage lender and rose to the top in the mortgage lending industry and helped many Latino families with purchasing their first home. Raiza is currently the CEO of the award-winning custom tailoring business, The Capital Tailor Inc. which has partnered with schools such as The Art Institute of Washington, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park and Bishop McNamara High School. Raiza has also begun fulfilling her longtime dream of acting. She is a dedicated wife, mother of five artistically gifted children and a glamma of two.
About Ebony Blakeney
Ebony always knew that the second chapter would be the best chapter in her life. As a happily divorced mother of three she is committed to finding her purpose and exploring all that life has to offer through faith, family, and having fun.
Ebony has a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Project Management from Morgan State University. She believes in giving back to the community and was a volunteer leader of a non-profit organization for several years. Ebony continues volunteering with various non-profit organizations while creating and leading projects for a minority owned business. Ebony and Joy T. J. Riley’s friendship began in high school where they co-wrote and co-produced a play, so joining Get Your JOY In The Morning! LLC was a natural opportunity to reconnect and find purpose.