Before Tiger

Before Tiger, there was Charlie Sifford.  Charlie Sifford was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour.  I was fortunate enough to meet him in 2011 at his SCGA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  Back then, the only golf I played was putt putt. Charlie fought to remove the "Caucasian-only" clause on the …

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Just Say ‘Ice Cream’

My friend Viv invited me to an event a few months ago. I can't remember exactly how she said it but this is how it sounded in my head: Viv: Hey Pilar, you like ice cream. There's an event for this organization at Coolhaus, blah blah blah blah blah. I'm sure she said great things …

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Watts Up! Community Is Rich with Food For the Soul and the Tummy

I recently had the chance to take crashed a private tour of the Watts Towers Cultural Center with a friend. My friend was kind enough to invite me when he was invited to visit the historic site.  Prior to the visit, I had only really looked at the Watts Towers structure and admired the bright …

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Notes From My Day With Really Smart Women

When my friend/psychologist/financial advisor, Diane, invited me to the 2017 Women's Leadership Conference at Mount Saint Mary's, I was super excited. I'm usually hesitant of attending 'women' events; more often than not, they don't address issues and topics that I care about as a woman of color or one who has worked with women in …

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Exploring L.A.: 818 and 310/Pilar’s Thanksgiving Weekend

REI told the world (or at least Americans) that they would be closing their stores the day after Thanksgiving and that people should #optoutside instead of shopping. According to my Facebook feed, we needed this reminder and we listened. Perhaps the 405, the 101, the 5, et cetera deter us from going anywhere past our …

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