Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Lexus and TV One today announced the show stopping return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show Verses and Flow,  premiering on Saturday, August 16, at 10 p.m. 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.

K. Michelle

 K. Michelle

As previously reported, the show will be hosted by 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.  He won the hearts of many with the hit romantic comedy, Jumping the Broom  for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.”

Alice Smith

 Alice Smith

“At Lexus, we are dedicated to giving artists platforms to expose their craft.  We created Verses And Flow to offer these talented poets and R & B stars a high profile space to gain visibility with the broader audience they deserve.  Season Four is especially exciting because this year we present a fresh new look with a brand new studio and host.  In addition, we are happy to partner with ICON MANN showcasing poetry by some of the most highly regarded actors in the Black community,”  said Brian Smith, Lexus Vice President of Marketing.

Leelah James

 Leela James and Anthony Hamilton

“Verses and Flow continues to amplify and deliver on TV One’s commitment to showcasing a wide spectrum of remarkably talented artists,” said Maureen Guthman, SVP of Program Strategy and Acquisitions for TV One. “Bringing together today’s iconic musicians and preeminent spoken-word artists on one stage presents a narrative that is as inspiring as it is entertaining. “

Check out the full schedule below:

August 16 at 10 p.m. EST

Maxwell accompaniedby Adam Blackstonewith spoken word artists Miles Hodges, Chiara Richardson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and 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 Poetand 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 Ingram and Deonte Scott

September 6 at 10 p.m. EST

Candice Glover and Mali Music with spoken word artists “Tim Toaster Henderson,” Phenomenon The Poetand 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 Bennettwith Zora Howard

September 27 at 10 p.m. EST 

Gary Clark Jr. and Alice Smith with spoken word artists Philosophy, Pages Matamand Katelyn Lucas