In the 1920s, she met the only woman she ever lived with, Ceciline “Babe” Franklin. They moved together to Detroit, Michigan in 1937 where Ellis became the first American woman to own a printing business in that city. She made a living printing stationery, fliers, and posters out of her house.
Ellis and Franklin’s house was also known in the African American community as the “gay spot”. It was a central location for gay and lesbian parties, and also served as a refuge for African American gays and lesbians. Although Ellis and Franklin eventually separated, they were together for more than 30 years. Franklin died in 1973. Throughout her life, Ellis was an advocate of the rights of gays and lesbians, and of African Americans. She died in her sleep at her home on October 5, 2000.
15 years of gilmore girls (october 5th, 2000 - may 15th, 2007)
There are many paths in life. There’s the “Hey, you’re cute, sure, I’ll marry you after graduation and med school” and the “Can you drive Susie to soccer today, ‘cause I’ve got a pediure?” path. And then there’s my path, where I found myself 16 and pregnant and I realized “I have to get a job, I have to raise a kid and being me, I have to do it all by myself.” Not easy. But the thing with my path was, when I reached the end, I turned around and realized I’d ended up someplace really good.
It’s the kind of day that’s built for nostalgia. You don’t know that yet, of course, because you’re eight and you don’t even know what the word nostalgia means.
Part of you can feel it anyway.
Lily races you down to the sea and wins, but that’s okay; you’re too busy cackling with laughter and kicking up sand to care. You deliver a handful of the gritty, wet stuff right into her face and she gives a delighted scream and pushes you down into the sea. In reality, there have been hundreds upon hundreds of moments of laughter shared between Lily and you, nestled comfortably between the fights and temper tantrums, but one day, looking back, it’ll seem as though they can all be pinpointed to this exact day. Eventually, you’ll forget about how you got into a fight on the way back to the car because she made you drop your ice-cream, and you’ll forget how the day was slightly too cool for sea swimming, how your skin felt sore and chapped for days. You’ll just remember the pale sunlight and the sound of laughter ringing like bells, and it’ll make you sadder than the memory of any fight the two of you ever had.
1. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2. Phantom of the Paradise (1974) 3. Corpse Bride (2005) 4. Into the Woods (2014) 5. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008) 6. The Devil’s Carnival (2012) 7. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) 8. Teen Witch (1989) 9. Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005) 10. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) 11. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) 12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 13. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)