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Beyonce-Inspired Playing Cards a Gamble for Harlem Design Student

By Gustavo Solis | February 4, 2015 7:17am
  The 52-card deck, titled "What Would B Say?" will have motivational quotes taken from Beyonce’s songs. 
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HARLEM — Queen Bey said it: Deal with it.

Datrianna Meeks, 24, a design student at School of Visual Arts, is creating a deck of cards with inspirational phrases from the Queen of Hip Hop.

“It’s about time someone made cards for us,” Meeks wrote on the Kickstarter campaign for the project.

“You know, those of us who run the world.”

The 52-card deck, entitled "What Would B Say?" started out as an assignment for Meek's entrepreneurial design class, she said. 

Meeks was having a hard time coming up with an idea for a class project and decided on a deck because of her Beyoncé-loving friends, who jokingly ask themselves "What would Beyonce Say?" in certain situations.

Each card will have a motivational quote taken from a lyric or song title. Those messages include, "I woke up like this," "Fresher than you," "Diva is the female version of a hustler" and "You run the world, girl!" Meeks said.

In order to select worthy lyrics, Meeks has been listening to Beyoncé's music old and new for the last three weeks. She writes down lyrics on a notebook. 

The process has given her a deeper appreciation for the Queen.

“I’m a fan, I think she’s awesome," she said.

"My friend and I talk about this all the time, we’re both Virgos, she’s a Virgo so she just understands us because she’s a Virgo.”

She is trying to raise $3,500 on Kickstarter. If she reaches the goal, the deck will go out sometime in May, she added.