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Lexus premieres its second season of series 'Versus & Flow' on TV One

(August 20, 2012) This week TV One will premiere the second season of the soulful and provocative series Verses & Flow. Produced by Lexus, this series will highlight compelling performances of poetry and music. Hosted by multi-talented actor Omari Hardwick, widely known for his roles in For Colored Girls, CSI: Miami and upcoming film Sparkle, the new season will touch on many cultural, political and social topics affecting the world today.

"Life as a poet and actor truly became full circle as I stood on stage as host of Verses & Flow, and lived in both of these outfits," said Hardwick, "It was one of the best experiences of my professional life. Verses & Flow was filmed at the historical Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

"We're looking forward to the second season of Verses & Flow on TV One because the unique combination of performances will engage the audience like never before."

Led by Hardwick, 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. This past weekend, one of the Verses & Flow-featured poets, Kataalyst Alcindor, won The 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship.

"This season will feature some wonderful verses and musical numbers," said TV One Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production, Toni Judkins. "Verses & Flow is a great addition to our new lineup which truly highlights the breadth and depth of TV One's programming and offers our viewers a multi-faceted range of shows."

"We're looking forward to the second season of Verses & Flow on TV One because the unique combination of performances will engage the audience like never before," says Lexus Vice President of Marketing, Brian Smith. "Lexus is proud to be a part of this series as it highlights diverse and dynamic performers and gives them a national stage to showcase their craft."

Supplementing the television show, exclusive content will be available on www.tvone.tv as well as Lexus' portal for African-American content, Luxury Awaits, www.luxuryawaits.com. Additionally, Verses & Flow has its own website and Twitter hashtag, respectively: www.versesandflow.com and #versesandflow.


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