Lexus and TV One announced today the show stopping return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show “Verses and Flow,” premiering on Saturday, August 16, at 10 p.m. EST. Blending electrifying musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the eight-episode season will feature mega-watt stars Maxwell, K. Michelle, Joe, Johnny Gill, Ruben Studdard, Candice Glover, Gary Clark Jr., Sebastian Mikael, Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, Alice Smith, Mali Music alongside more than 25 of the best up-and-coming poets.
Taking the helm as host is Laz Alonso, who recently reprised his role as Fenix in the mega-hit feature film, Fast & Furious 6, and is currently in production on the TV series, The Mysteries of Laura.”
This season will turn the spotlight on the inspirational work of ICON MANN, an organization that aims to generate a positive dialog surrounding Black men doing positive work in their communities through their contributions in entertainment, business, and Fortune 500 industries committed to philanthropy and public service. The piece, titled “We Are Kings” will be performed by seven members of the ICON MANN network: Film Producer Devon Franklin, actors Wesley Jonathan(The Soul Man, Roll Bounce), Jay Ellis (The Game, Masters of Sex), Lance Reddick (Intelligence, American Horror Story), famed poet Prentice Powell, Aldis Hodge (The Walking Dead), and Verses and Flow host Laz Alonzo.
August 16 at 10 p.m. EST– Maxwell accompanied by Adam Blackstone with spoken word artists Miles Hodges, Chiara Richardson, Malcolm-Jamal Warnerand the celebrity participants of ICON-MANN
August 23 at 10 p.m. EST – Johnny Gill, and spoken word artists Treesje Powers with Rudy Francisco, Breeze “I Life This” The Poet and Joe P.
August 30 at 10 p.m. EST – K. Michelle and spoken word artists Rage Almighty, Rob Gibsun and Ramya Ramana
August 30 at 10:30 p.m. EST – Leela James, Anthony Hamilton and Sebastian Mikael, with spoken word artists Michael “Chief” Peterson, Tonya Ingramand Deonte Scott
September 6 at 10 p.m. EST – Candice Glover and Mali Music with spoken word artists “Tim Toaster Henderson,” Phenomenon The Poet and Black Ice
September 13 at 10 p.m. EST – Joe with spoken word artists DDE The Slammer, Obbie West and Lady Caress
September 20 at 10 p.m. EST – Ruben Studdard with spoken word artists Jasmine Williams, Jive Poetic, Joshua Bennett with Zora Howard
September 27 at 10 p.m. EST – Gary Clark Jr. and Alice Smith with spoken word artists Philosophy, Pages Matam and Katelyn Lucas