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At only 15 years old, Cori Gauff is taking the tennis world by storm.

Gauff was the youngest United States Open junior girls finalist in history at age 13 and the second youngest French Open junior girls champion at age 14. Her rise to success and incredible talent has been whispered about for years.

Now, she’s been brought to the spotlight after a huge upset. Gauff took out star player Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of Wimbledon. It was her first Grand Slam singles match of her career.

“On the court, I was not thinking about Venus,” Gauff said. “I was just playing my game. No matter who I play against, I want to win. So that’s what I was just thinking about the whole time. I wasn’t really thinking about who I was facing on the other side of the net.”

Now, it’s all Gauff can think about. After Gauff secured the win, she took the opportunity to thank Venus.

“I was just telling her thank you for everything she’s done for the sport,” Gauff said. “She’s been an inspiration for many people. I was just really telling her thank you. I met her before, but I didn’t really have the guts to say anything.”

While many are celebrating Gauff’s big win, what most people don’t know is Gauff’s love of the Christian faith. Gauff takes a moment to pray with her father, who is also her coach, before every match.

“Before every match since I was 8, my dad and I say a prayer together,” Gauff said. “We don’t really pray about victory, just that me and my opponent stay safe. After the match, I was just thanking God for this opportunity.”

Gauff also said a prayer as she was tearing up after her win against Venus.

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Keith Allison/Flickr.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson made a public declaration of his faith by getting baptized in the Jordan River. This is the same location where Jesus was baptized!

The rising NFL star was invited to the Holy Land by “America’s Voices in Israel” a group that organizes trips for African-American and Latino celebrities to experience the ancient biblical region.

“This is a part of the world which gets a lot of attention internationally, and this is a chance for me to look beyond the headlines and learn more about the history and culture of this land,” Watson said, Relevant Magazine reported.

“I have been blessed to visit many countries around the world, but the chance to visit the Holy Land, see the sites and meet the people of this special place, truly is a special blessing and an amazing opportunity,” Watson added.

He documented his experiences in Israel on his Instagram page. Watson shared, “Went to Jesus’ hometown… Got Baptized in the Jordan River.” He also shared other locations he traveled to and activities he participated in including tubing in the Sea of Galilee, taking a trip through Mary Magdalene’s hometown and seeing the first church in Capernaum.

These were “life changing experiences” he noted. “Major blessings!”

The leading quarterback for the Houston Texans has never shied away from sharing the fact that he is a believer in Jesus Christ.

He has openly talked about his faith. Watson even shared how his faith was fueled by the strength his mom showed in battling tongue cancer.

“Just the strength she has,” Watson told The Courier. “It drew me closer to faith. (My faith) is very big. It gets me through life. The good times and the bad.”

In 2015, he shared a message with his Twitter followers about where his loyalty is found.

What an incredible display of faith. We look forward to seeing more of Watson and examples of his faith in the coming years!

Tyler Perry was presented with the “Ultimate Icon Award” at the BET Awards this year, and he delivered a powerful acceptance speech that brought the audience to it’s feet.

Actress Taraji P. Henson was given the honor of presenting the award to her dear friend. Perry thanked her and began his speech by talking about his unique childhood.

He spoke about how his mother and her friends would use humor to get through the pain they felt. Perry quickly learned the power that laughter held, and through this he was inspired to become a comedian.

Perry said that the first 10 movies he made were all about his mother. He “want[ed] her to know she’s worthy, to let black women know you are worthy, you are special, you are powerful, you are amazing.”

Throughout his film career, Perry has been able to hire actors like Viola Davis, Idris Alba and Henson because he knew they were unable to “get jobs in this town.”

“God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them. I was trying to help somebody cross.”

The filmmaker, known for being an outspoken Christian in Hollywood, ended his speech praising the Lord.

“While everybody else is fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘Oscars [are] so white, Oscars so white.’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own,’” Perry declared. “Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies.”

You can see the full speech below.

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Rapper and songwriter Snoop Dogg recently won a BET Award for best gospel song. The win came as a surprise to many viewers that didn’t even know the well-known gangsta rapper had even released a gospel album.

Past winners of this award include Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Lecrae.

Nominees for the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award included Eric and Warryn Campbell, Fred Hammond, Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin. His song Blessing Me Again took the win.

The song was on his 2018 gospel album, Bible of Love. Snoop Dogg previously shared with Franklin that he made the album for his grandmother who passed away in 2016.

He hoped his album would fill listeners with the spirit of “love, joy and happiness.”

As Beliefnet previously reported, Snoop Dogg whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., caused quite a stir in Hollywood after declaring himself to be a born-again Christian.

The gospel album Bible of Love featured a wide-range of gospel artists including Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Pastor John P. Kee and Marvin Sapp.

Snoop Dogg first shared news of a gospel album during an interview with Beats 1 Radio, where he said “I’m working on a gospel album. I need to do it now.”

He also added: “It’s always been on my heart. I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business and doing this and doing that. But I just feel like it’s been on my heart too long.”

Some have been critical of the religious switch and his decision to put out a gospel album. In 2009 he announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam and switched to Rastafarianism in 2012. Some are skeptical that he really is a born-again Christian.

However, this hasn’t stopped him from talking about sharing his faith or talking about Christianity.

In 2016 he posted a video on his Instagram account that featured him singing along to the gospel song I’d Rather Have Jesus.

Many of his fans were thrilled to see him profess his faith in God.

“With the platform you have, imagine how many people you will reach with the gospel message of Salvation! Come on now! Give our heavenly Father glory through your rap skills Snoop!” a fan wrote.

 

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