By Chinwe Onuoha
The members of T.A.N.G.L.E.S are traveling to West Virginia on Mar. 16, 2014 to participate in a community service project for Habitat for Humanity.
T.A.N.G.L.E.S, which stands for Transitioners and Naturals Growing, Learning, and Educating Students, is an organization at Rutgers University in Newark. Together they help educate each other about natural hair by debunking the myths that are most commonly associated with people who wear their hair naturally.
By doing this they have empowered each other to love themselves for who they are without having to live up to society’s standards of what being beautiful is.
“The reason why I chose to be a part of T.A.N.G.L.E.S is to help educate women about how natural hair in the pursuit of promoting a sense of empowerment amongst us. With that, it’s great that we are all coming together to fulfill this philanthropic endeavor,” said 22-year-old Biology major, Shenelle Alleyne.
The fundraiser will be held at the Paul Robeson Campus Center until March 13, 2014, will help 6 members of T.A.N.G.L.E.S, including their advisor Jamal Brown, with their travel expenses. While they’re at West Virginia, they plan to build houses for low-income families during their spring break.
“We wanted to be a part of a different environment that we’re not all used to and it’s great that we’re given the opportunity to help people who are less fortunate than us,” said Jensine Wright, the President of T.A.N.G.L.E.S.
“In fact were going to participate with Habitat for Humanity this Friday, in Newark,” stated Wright, who is also a Public Service major.
Besides advocating for women and men to love their natural hair, it is apparent that the members of T.A.N.G.L.E.S are passionate about helping others. They hope that people will help them raise enough money so that most if not all of their expenses will be covered.
“It is very important to give back to whoever is in need and we should do everything we can to ensure that those who are less fortunate than us receives the benefits that they deserve,” said 20-year-old Criminal Justice major, Brian Smith.