Hosted by multi-talented actor Omari Hardwick, widely known for his roles in "For Colored Girls," "CSI: Miami" and the feature film "Sparkle," the new season will touch on many cultural, political and social topics affecting the world today. Each episode will feature powerful spoken word by three poets as well as musical performances, all of which will enrich and enlighten minds to the lives, struggles, celebrations and thoughts of talented poets and artists.
The third season will feature performances from a who's who of revered R&B singer-songwriters, including Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Avant, Bel Biv Devoe, BJ The Chicago Kid, Bridget Kelly, Faith Evans, Jill Scott, Kenny Lattimore, Mary Mary, Q Parker, Raheem DeVaughn, RaVaughn, Tony Rich and Vivian Green.
They are joined by spoken word performances from poets Aaron White, Ainsley Burrows, Ashley August, Ashley Catherine, Ayinde Russell, Beni Villafana, "Fiveology" (Andrew Tyree, Javon Johnson, Prentice Powell, Rudy Francisco and Shawn Williams), Carlos Gómez, Chas Jackson, Dasan Ahanu, David Bianchi, Dominique Ashaheed, Ed Mabrey, George Yamazawa, Imani Cezanne, In-Q, Jon Goode, Joyce Lee, Maestro Gamin, Megan Falley, Miles Hodges with Carvens Lissaint, Paul Mabon, Queen D, Reggie Eldridge, Safia Elhillo, Se7en, Sha'Condria "iCon" Sible, Soulful Jones, Storm Thomas, The Saint, Theresa Tha Songbird, Tre G., Verb and Vision.
Laz Alonso takes over as host for the fourth season that will feature Maxwell, K. Michelle, Joe, Johnny Gill, Ruben Studdard, Candice Glover, Gary Clark Jr., Sebastian Mikael, Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, Alice Smith, and Mali Music, alongside more than 25 of the best up-and-coming poets.
Filmed over four, star-studded nights in Los Angeles, Season 5 is filled with performances by internationally renowned recording and leading spoken word artists. Musical guests include Avery Sunshine, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michelle, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Jussie Smollett, Leela James, Melanie Fiona, Raekwon the Chief, Assassin, Sevyn Streeter and B.o.B. Sure to be one of the most electrifying seasons to date, viewers will be presented with distinct, lavish episodes of spoken word and song, setting the tone for shows curated to delight the senses.
Celebrity guests include Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"), Amber Riley ("Glee"), Sinqua Walls ("Power"), August Alsina (recording artist), Trinidad James (recording Artist), Safaree Samuels (recording artist), Garcelle Beauvais ("Girlfriends' Getaway"), Kenny Lattimore (recording artist), Elise Neal ("Hollywood Divas"), Shanice ("Flex & Shanice"), Malaysia Pargo ("Basketball Wives"), AJ Johnson (actress and fitness expert), Jackie Christie ("Basketball Wives LA"), Gloria Govan ("Basketball Wives LA") and Shamicka Lawrence ("Hollywood Exes").
"Verses & Flow" is produced by McMann, Tate & Stephens. Executive producers for McMann, Tate & Stephens are Aaron Walton, Cory Isaacson and AyikoBroyard, and executive producers for Lexus are Mariko Kusumoto and MaryJane Kroll, and executive producer for TV One is Toni Judkins. Executive in charge of production at TV One is Jubba Seyyid. The series was filmed at the historical Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, California.