nullTV One and Lexus have announced the return of the network’s variety show "Lexus Verses and Flow," premiering on July 30, and airing on Thursday nights. 

Blending musical and spoken word performances, the 8-episode season will feature stars like Charlie Wilson, Jussie Smollett, Sevyn Streeter, Jazmine Sullivan, Melanie Fiona, Avery Sunshine, Leela James, 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.

"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."

"Lexus is excited to bring fans the fifth season of Verses and Flow," said Brian SmithLexus 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."  

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 and 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 KusumotoMaryJane Kroll & Stacy Henderson. Executive Producers from McMann, Tate & Stephens are Aaron WaltonCory Isaacsonand Ayiko BroyardCraig Henry is Executive in Charge of production for TV One.