Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One’s show-stopping series LexusVerses And Flow  kicks off its fifth season TONIGHT beginning at 10 p.m. EDT.  Actor Laz Alonso returns to host the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show that blends electrifying musical performances from chart-topping music stars alongside more than 28 talented poets offering soul-stirring spoken word pieces.

This season will showcase performances by legendary and emerging artists alike including Avery*Sunshine, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele, Jazmine Sullivan, Jussie Smolett of Fox’s Empire, Leela James, Melanie FionaRaekwon the Chef featuring Assassin, Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B. This season’s poets will deliver original pieces covering a wide spectrum of topics ranging from discovering a first crush, to an almost unnatural love of bacon, to surveys of the social climate in the nation surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

The fifth season of Lexus Verses and Flow also brings the return of the LexusVerses and Flow Scholarship. Presented in partnership with 10 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. The deadline for scholarship entries is Sept. 4. Click HERE to enter!

Check out the full line-up below:

July 30: Charlie Wilson with spoken word artists The Poet Puff Girls, Hieu Minh Nguyen and Rob Gibsun

August 6: Leela James and Chrisette Michele with spoken word artistsThomas “Tom Cat” Hill & Malachi Byrd, Denice Frohman and Pages Matam

August 13: Estelle with spoken word artists The Saint, Marquesha Babers andCarvens Lissaint with Joshua Bennett

August 20: Melanie Fiona and Raekwon featuring Assassin with spoken word artists Tre G, Will Cat, and SaeLah

August 27: Avery*Sunshine with spoken word artists Nikki Blak Jesse, Parentand Rob Gibsun returns

Sep. 3: Jazmine Sullivan with spoken word artists Morgan “Momo” Butler & Malachi Byrd, Amin “Drew” Law and Ed Mabrey

Sep. 10: Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B with spoken word artists Megan Falley & Olivia Gatwood, Ethan Walker Smith and Prentice Powell

Sep. 17: Jussie Smollett with spoken word artists Jamila Lyiscott, Tyson Swanson and Michael ‘Chief’ Peterson, Prentice Powell and Black Ice join forces