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Casita Maria Block Party 2013

Casita Maria Block Party 2013

Come thru and check out @Circa95 performing live at the Casita Maria Block Party on Simpson Street on Saturday August 3rd.


Believe In Me

Check out the latest video from my crew CIRCA ’95 

Follow us on twitter @circa95

”Believe In Me” is track 8 off Circa ’95’s debut album “Free Lunch”

”Believe In Me” is written and performed by Patty Dukes & Reph

Produced by SoundWave

Video Directed by Patty Dukes & Reph

Track Mixed & Mastered by Fred Ones & Reph at TME Studios

Single art design by Marthalicia

@LadiesLoveProj Spring Pop-Up Shop – April 13th!


((( JUMP INTO SPRING with LOVE! ))) Shopping Event Showcases Brazen Art, Avant-Garde Fashion & Design at the Houston Street Center!

Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2013 
( Rain Date Sunday, April 14th ) 
Time:12PM-8PM ::: FREE 
Location: Houston Street Center 
273 Bowery, New York , NY 
2 trains to 2nd Ave or Delancey


Last week my group Circa ’95 was invited to perform and talk to a group of Junior High School students from Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx. The sound system might not have been so great but the love that the students and staff showed was tremendous. They were so happy to see us at their school. Really, I think any artist could have been their but it was sweet and special because it was us. We are Puerto Rican and Dominican and most of the kids come from similar backgrounds. They know when someone is from around their way or not. They have wonderful instincts. I was really moved by all the girls that kept crowding around me. I’m still uneasy about being in front of groups of people…. I still get nervous and shy 😉 but to see their eyes, smiling faces, singing along and wanting me to sign my name on their arms was adorable. It also reminded me why I do this. And it’s to inspire! I can’t imagine making music that isn’t being thoughtful about the listener. These little girls are following what I’m doing. They are singing along. It’s a choice to uplift and inspire them.. Not insult them. Why would I call them “hoes” or say they are “bitches”? I think little girls need love and someone to tell them they are beautiful just the way they are. It’s time to change the perception of young women of color in the media. We are all not “ratchet” and Girls can wear sneakers …. they don’t need to wear heels to feel pretty. They can have wild curly hair, they can play basketball and be into technology. The rules are meant to be broken ladies. Keep dreaming big and inspiring each other. -PD




@circa95 performs at @Launchpad BK for Women Love The World Festival

I will be in Brooklyn on Thursday night for a wonderful cause. Join me as I rock the mic with my group @circa95.


Women Love the World: A three day festival and fundraiser celebrating women artist-activists and their contributions to bettering our world community.

A festival co-curated by Caits Meissner, Karla Rodriguez and Lehna Huie, featuring a visual art exhibition, art for social change panel, short film screenings, live music, poetry and on-site activism engagement. Held during Women’s History Month, on March 20-22, 2013 at LaunchPad Brooklyn, WLTW is dedicated to the journeys of women artists who live as activists, healing our world daily.

Participating artists include:

Art Exhibition: Monique Schubert, Jessica Ann Peavy, Micaela Anaya, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Zozan Kotan, Tschabalala Self, Akeema-Zane and Lehna Huie

Film Screenings & Music: Lisa Russell, Nikyatu Jusu, Maya Azucena, Circa ’95, Shira E., Esmeralda Love and DJ Chela.

Poetry Readings: Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Tonya Foster, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Angel Nafis, Tahani Salah and Caits Meissner.

Circa ’95 will be performing on Thursday, March 21st.

Screenings : 7:45pm-8:30pm (Lisa & Nikyatu)
Music: 8:40pm-10:15pm
– Esmeralda Love
– Shira E
– Circa 95
– Maya Azucena



@rephstar art show at Boricua College


My business partner & best friend @RephStar Is having an Art Show called ALARMA at Boricua College in the Heights. In collaboration with his mother, Esperanza Martell. It opens tonight and will be up for the month of March. It’s free. Stop by and check out some dope art uptown. 😉

New York City Living…

Sometimes people may think that living in NYC is glamourous. It all depends on who you talk to and on what day. I live in The Bronx and recently in the building that I live in the boiler / gas has been turned off. No one was told in advance. They knocked on my apartment door and gave me a hot plate. Huh? what’s this. I’ve never used one. When I go to check my stove. Nothing. Nada. That’s how I found out I wasn’t going to have a stove for about 2 months (could be even longer). I’ve been forced to use the hot plate. I’m learning how to be more creative with food. I’ll be posting about that in the future. So right now all I have is a rice/veggie steamer, a Ninja and a hotplate to make things. I have a microwave but never use it. This week, as a gift Urban Atabex gave me a Nutribullet. It made me so happy because I’m a huge fan of smoothies and juicing. So anyone with tips on what to make on a hot plate or alternatives to cooking on a stove I’m open to all suggestions. I’ve been having fun trying some RAW recipes as well. I’m all about healthy and eating organically but when you live in the hood sometimes that can be a challenge. 


Sample pic of the kind of hot plate I’m using.


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