SILVER SPRING, Md., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexus and TV One announced today the show stopping return of the NAACP-nominated variety show Lexus Verses and Flow, premiering on July 30 and airing on Thursday nights. Blending sensational musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the eight-episode season will feature electrifying stars such as Charlie Wilson, Raekwon The Chef, Jussie Smollett, Sevyn Streeter, Jazmine Sullivan, Melanie Fiona, Avery Sunshine, Leela James, Estelle, Chrisette Michelle, and Assassin alongside more than 24 of the best up-and-coming poets.
Laz Alonso returns for his second season as the series' host. Alonso currently co-stars on NBC's police comedy-drama "The Mysteries of Laura" alongside Debra Messing. A graduate of Howard University and the product of a single-parent home, Alonso works with several organizations as a mentor, youth motivational speaker, and advocate for single parents. He has also partnered with the United Way and Georgetown University to empower aspiring actors as they pursue their career goals.
"Lexus is excited to bring fans the fifth season of Verses and Flow," said Brian Smith, Lexus Vice President of Marketing. "Verses and Flow is a unique program that inspires audiences through entertaining, thought provoking and poignant spoken word performances. The passionate artists bring life to a variety of topics that will have fans energized, reflecting, and feeling humbled all in a matter of a few minutes."
TV One is excited to partner with Lexus for season five of the innovative series that captures the spirit of performance art with a purpose," said Brad Siegel, President, TV One. "Verses and Flow is a project that not only captivates and entertains, but support the efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to motivate and reward deserving college-bound students."
A new Lexus Verses and Flow app is now available and delivers exclusive behind the scenes interviews and performances to enthusiasts while keeping them connected to the show community. The app also allows Verses and Flow devotees to connect with other fans across the globe, record video, take photos and post to the Verses and Flow Wall, design their own Verses and Flow Hub and share with friends, and keep up with the show in real-time 24/7.
Special series content will also be available online at www.tvone.tv and www.versesandflow.com. Viewers can also interact with Lexus Verses and Flow through its @versesandflow Twitter and Instagram handles.
The fifth season of Lexus Verses and Flow also brings the return of the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship. Presented by Lexus in partnership with ten of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students per institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 4, 2015.
Lexus Verses and Flow is produced by McMann, Tate & Stephens for TV One. Executive Producers from Lexus are Mariko Kusumoto, MaryJane Kroll & Stacy Henderson. Executive Producers from McMann, Tate & Stephens are Aaron Walton, Cory Isaacson and Ayiko Broyard. Craig Henry is Executive in Charge of production for TV One.
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About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners; and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK; www.comcast.com], one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services.