Stephen Tennant “The Brightest” of the “Bright Young Things”

April 21, 1906 - February 28, 1987

With their attention-grabbing antics, wild partying and competitively outlandish fashion, the bright young things of 1920s and 30s London were the prototype celebrities. Before them, the British press’s gossip columns amounted to nothing more exciting than society announcements. These young and privileged people changed all this with their scandalous outfits and behaviour, and the tabloids’ fascination with “the famous” and their intrinsic link to fashion has only grown since.

The poster boy to what many see as the very first youth movement was Stephen Tennant, son of Scots peer, Lord Glenconner andPamela Wyndham, one of The Souls. His mother was also a cousin of Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde’s lover and a sonneteer. Tennant’s androgynous looks and flamboyant style led sculptor Jacob Epstein to describe him as the most beautiful creature he had ever seen.

Tennant’s outfits ranged from indulgently luxe over-the-top opulence to theatrical, gender-blurring fancy dress. The gossip column from a 1927 edition of The Daily Express described Tennant’s headline-making style in this way: “The Honourable Stephen Tennant arrived in an electric brougham wearing a football jersey and earrings.“ Like any self-respecting tabloid darling, Tennant made it his business to be photographed as much as possible, and quickly became a muse to British photographer Cecil Beaton. 

It is popularly believed that he spent the last 17 years of his life in bed at his family manor at Wilsford, Wiltshire.

When Tennant died in 1987, he had far outlived most of his contemporaries.
The Cuban Revolution Will Not Fail: A View from the US
On the year anniversary of the opening of the Cuban and U.S. embassies, Cuba is stronger than ever.

By Teresa Gutierrez

Capitalism at a dead end, framed especially in the U.S. and Europe by white supremacy, presents a whole new set of challenges for our youth. Life is very different than it was in the ‘60s.

The exorbitant cost of higher education makes it impossible for working-class youth. If they do manage to attend university, the burden of student debt is crushing. And even with a college degree, young people still may find themselves stuck at a minimum wage job or unemployed.

On top of this are the official government institutions, especially the cops and the courts, that are carrying out a war against Black people. The rate of brutality and killings against primarily Black men, but women too, is unconscionable. At least 115 African-Americans have been killed by police so far this year—probably a conservative number.

Cuba should give youth in the U.S. hope—inspiration—for how things could be if we were to fight for another kind of society—a revolutionary one. Cuba already brings hope to millions around the world.

قَطفوا الزهرةَ …
مِن ورائي بُرعُمٌ سَوفَ يَثور.
قطعوا البرعمَ …
غَيرُهُ يَنبِضُ في رَحمِ الجُذور.
قلعوا الجَذرَ مِن التُّربة …
إنني مِن أجلِ هذا اليوم
خبأتُ البذور.
كامن ثأري بأعماق الثرى
وغداً سوف يرى كل الورى
كيف تأتي صرخة الميلاد
من صمت القبور.
تَبردُ الشمسُ …
ولا تبرد ثارات الزهور!


They Cut the Flower …
She said: I have a bud will arise.
They Cut the Bud …
She said: There is another living in the Roots
They Uprooted the root …
She said : For this day I hide the seeds
My Revenge lay beneath the soil
and tomorrow all People will see
How the Birth scream
comes from the Silence of the graves.
Sun can be cooled …
but Flowers revenge can’t be cooled.