Bishop Joe Simon

by Kalisha Davis

*Joe Simon, former rhythm and blues singer and Grammy Award winner – who is now a minister – advised his attorneys to look into copyright infringement by: 50 Cent, Yves Mondesir (“DJ Whoo Kid”),  Christopher Charles Lloyd (“Lloyd Banks”), Marvin Bernard (“Tony Yayo”), David Darnel Brown (“Young Buck”), Jamal Grinnage, Eric Murray, Mason Durell Betha (“Mase”), Thurd Wurld Entertainment, BCD USA, G-Unit, Unity Record, SER Records, Michael Clervoix (“Sha Money XL”), Shadyville Entertainment, G-Unit Records, Interscope Records, Desert Storm Records, Ernesto Shaw (“DJ Clue”), Def Jam Records, Christopher Edward Martin (“DJ Premier”), Year Round, Inc., and BCD Music Group.

Particularly, Simon charges that the music from the song entitled “300 Shots,”  performed by Rap artists 50 Cent, DJ Whoo Kid, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, M.O.P., Mobb Deep and Mase sounds very close and appears to be the same music as the music from his hit song “Theme From Cleopatra Jones,” written, composed and performed by Joe Simon.

Bishop Joe Simon says, “Music is good and music is bad, but music is extremely bad and destructive when music is not used in a positive way. As a minister, I say to you, all of us should think about and imagine how our children feel when the family and the community lets them down.  To play and promote provocative degrading music that rapes the minds and the hearts of our children is morally corrupt. Using lyrics that call our children and grandchildren prostitutes, the ‘N’ word and the ‘B’ word is totally disrespectful, it is ugly, negative and it is out of order, I tell you, it is also very destructive to our youth, destructive to the family and destructive to the community. We as a family and a community are suffering from this constant contagious global enemy concerning this [so-called] ‘music’ conduct. Billions of dollars are being made through destroying our youth and our communities.”

Bishop Simon referenced scripture to underscore his point: “But whoso shall offend one of these littleones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” [Matthew 18:6]

He went on to say, “A city’s economy is only as good as its infrastructure, and its infrastructure is only as good as the character of the people. When our children listen to offensive, belligerent, poisonous music it is harmful and devastating to the character, the well-being and the future of our children. When you play and promote belittling, poisonous, derogatory music it negatively affects the thought process of our children in the community,on a local, national and international basis, and just because you can market and sell rude, ill-mannered destructive music, it does not mean that it is right. Music is a powerful force, and we must address this issue in order to help society.”

To combat the evils plaguing communities, Bishop Joe Simon formed Joe Simon Ministries, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization moving across the country through Bishop Joe Simon Community Crusade (BJSCC) and the Joe Simon Community Outreach.  BJSCC includes local youth, high school and college choirs assembled by Bishop Joe Simon from each city visited.

BJSCC visits youth facilities, hospitals, nursing and retirement centers and battered women’s shelters.  BJSCC raises and donates money in each community visited.

As a former rhythm and blues star, Simon is known for such classic songs as “Chokin’ Kind,” “Your Time To Cry,” “Drowning In The Sea Of Love,” “Misty Blue,” and many others.

For further information, contact: www.bishopjoesimonministries.org; 1-800-779-0247.