Welcome to Starchild Enterprise!
I am Traci Bartlow, founder and creative director of Starchild Enterprise. The name Starchild Enterprise, is based on the African Adinkra symbol Nsoroma. This image of a star translates to mean, 'my illumination is merely a reflection of God'. As Starchild's Founder and Creative Director I embody this sentiment as I use all the talents I have been blessed with as a performance and visual artist. I strive to live from my highest self and encourage others to do the same. I have been called a healer. My work spans as a director, choreographer, educator, consultant, gardener, lecturer, photographer and, founder of B-Love's Guest House.
Starchild Enterprise is the umbrella company for my many creative endeavors. There are 3 enterprises Starchild houses.
1. I am a Praise dancer, conduit of the African diaspora. From Lindy Hop to Hip Hop I speak black dance. As a performer, teacher, choreographer, director, curator, event producer, and lecturer my mission is to document and preserve black dance and culture.
2. As a self taught photographer my many years of dance and theater has helped develop for my eye for composition and ability to capture brilliant moments on film. Premiering in 2020, Oakland Picture Lady: Tales of a 90's Girl is an exhibition of photographs, collages, and short stories from my days as a Hip Hop photojournalist from 1992 - 1999. In 2018 there are a few images of this collection on display at the Oakland Museums Hip-Hop exhibition RESPECT: Hip Hop Style & Wisdom.
3. Founded in 2008 B-Love's Guest House is boutique hotel in West Oakland, California. As the owner and operator, this guest house is based on my holistic lifestyle of wellness and creativity.