Verses and Flow

Verses and Flow is a 30-minute variety show that features spoken word and music talent, engineered by Lexus.


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Verses and Flow is an inspiring original spoken word and music showcase
that airs on TVOne.  In it’s third season, the show features performances
from up-and-coming poets and musical performances by R&B powerhouses FaithEvans, Jill Scott, Bell Biv Devoe, Avant, Kenny Lattimore and others.Verses and Flow is hosted by Omari Hardwick. 

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Verses and Flow Wants to Know…………

Verses and Flow is an inspiring original spoken word and music showcase
that airs on TVOne.  In it’s third season, the show features performances
from up-and-coming poets and musical performances by R&B powerhouses FaithEvans, Jill Scott, Bell Biv Devoe, Avant, Kenny Lattimore and others.Verses and Flow is hosted by Omari Hardwick. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey so that we can better understand how we can improve your viewing experience!

Click HERE to begin.


Verses and Flow 3.0 has been an incredible journey. It’s been 12 episodes featuring a collection of poets that left everything on the stage. And this week’s episode—the finale—featuring poets Theresa Tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D, Vision The Poet, and Jon Goode, plus GRAMMY nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn—made sure that the show’s biggest season went out with a bang.

Theresa, a Chicago native and classically trained singer, led off the show by painting a sobering yet necessary picture for those women who try to keep their child’s father out of their lives just because things didn’t work out the way they wanted with her poem “Diamonds Are Fine.”

“Your baby daddy, though,” she cautioned, “he’s only trying to rise to an occasion, requesting your respect, not a standing ovation for doing the job he knows he’s supposed to… When he goes beyond and above the call of duty and everyone around you is well approving of the love and affection he provides his children, you turn from mama to villain.”

It was her words of advice, however, that elicited a standing ovation from the audience: “This chance is for you two to give the best you have to the life God has granted you to care for. So why not share more of your life with these priceless jewels? You may not be the wife, but he values you just as valiantly. Most high entrusted you to raise the family. So don’t stress the in between, take the blessings you receive. No, you may not wear the rings, mama… but his diamonds should do you fine.”

Raise your hand if you ever trapped a lightning bug in a jar just to harness its brilliant light for a little while. It seemed innocent, for sure, but as Philly poet Vision recounted, the results are telling. “By morning, their light reluctantly dimmed like hope in Hades… Day 2, they stopped trying to fly. Stopped trying to climb. A once radiating rebellion turned to dim light, they never made it to their third night.”

And when it happens to human beings, when they’re stuck in “a jar made of guilt trips and loaded questions,” the results are just as fatal.

“Have you ever had your light accessorize someone’s life like a Coach bag?” he asked. “They love you for what you have, but hate you because you have it. Love you once you have light, bate you once they steal it. They forget that a lifeless lightning bug is nothing more than a pest… They love you, you’re perfect, now change. They hate you just the way you are, love you the way you aren’t. They despise and destroy the very thing they fell in love with in the first place…”

That hate is real, as is the hate heaped upon too many women that suffer from rape. Richmond, Virginia poet Jon Goode—a Season One standout—returned to the Verses and Flow stage to address that topic, pulling no punches with his poem “Soul Akin.”

The premise was all too familiar: a young woman walks into a police station to report that she was raped, and is immediately put on trial as to the rape’s “legitimacy.” She’s questioned as to her intentions: “Was it a stranger or was it a date? What kind of shirt did you have on? Was your skirt short or long? Did you flirt, play along? Tease, lead him on?”

Goode couldn’t understand, even with everything questionable going on in the world, from Monsato to the monastery, why anyone would question whether a rape was legitimate or not. “Is it rape if she said no, fought and cursed the act? Is it still rape if she said no but thought not to make it worse and so she didn’t fight back? Is it rape if she screamed in an effort deemed to raise the alarm? Is it still rape if she spoke softly, if in an effort to try and keep him off, she spoke very calm?”

Those soul-searching queries only have one “legitimate” answer, the poet made clear. “Let me be frank,” he concludes in the voice of the woman—any woman. “My rape does not become legitimate when you say so. My rape became legitimate the second I said No.”

And that is how the season concluded. Literally on a Goode note.

What were your thoughts of the season finale? The Love King, Raheem DeVaughn took the stage to perform his hits “Love Connection” and the anthemic “Woman.” Were you among the masses tweeting about his appearance? Using the hashtag #VersesandFlow, tell us your favorite poet/singer moments from Season 3.0. Also, if you’re a poet and feel like you can raise the creative bar for Season 4, head on over to and submit your BEST work. Lastly, make sure you check back here each week for more Season 3 behind the scenes content. It’s been an amazing ride. Thanks for rocking with us all season.

VISION is a stand up guy. Just ask the students he teaches in his native city of Philadelphia. It’s there that he lives his life’s purpose—sharing his gift of words and life experience with those in his charge. It’s also what he’ll be sharing as he graces the stage of Verses and Flow, Season Three. Also, he’s tall. We caught up with the co-founder of Spoken Soul 215 and listened as he broke down the meaning of The Harvest, why his being tall meant he could never be shy, and why he might look a bit familiar to some.

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JON GOODE is a student of life. His poems are filled with real life references that will make you think, and take action. Just before gracing the Verses and Flow stage for the second time, the Atlanta resident chatted about his experience on the show, the things poets must endure while on college campuses, and the “poetry scene” in New Haven, Connecticut.

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As promised, this week’s edition of Lexus Verses and Flow 3.0 was, appropriately, an emotional roller coaster. With Vivian Green gracing the stage with her signature hit and the equally spellbinding “Anything Out There,” this week’s poets—Queen D., Ainsley Burrows and Paul Mabon—left every bit of themselves on the stage.

First up was Oakland’s Queen D., aka Danee Black, aka Teacher. That’s what her students call her, and also what she tries to do each day while more and more of her students or their loved ones fall prey to violence. In her poem “Roadkill,” she laid out the scenario that happens way too often. “Middle school boys wear dead bodies to school,” she sighed. “And we pretend that we cannot see them. It is easier to navigate around a dead squirrel in the middle of the street than the corpse of a 16-year-old boy laying on my classroom floor.

Her description of how things play out time after time left the audience gasping, yet nodding knowingly. Black was almost moved to tears herself.

“They grow claustrophobic in their own minds so they wrap themselves in RIPs and obituaries staring death in the face because they are not afraid to die. They know so many people who have been there but don’t know anyone who has been to college, or had a father.”

Award-winning poet Ainsley Burrows, straight out of New York, could testify to staring death in the face. His near demise it what made him pursue poetry full time, wanting his voice to be heard and his message received. His poem, “I Want to Have A Baby,” was right on time, a seeming fantasy-based, comedic elixir to counter the hard biting reality delivered by Black.

The critically acclaimed Burrows let it be known what he wanted in a seedling, running down a list that included “eyes by Versace, hair by Pantene Pro V. Swatch teeth, Windows XP, Pentium chip, aceleron processor. Not a smart baby,” he reasoned, but one with “breast implants. A botox baby with 22-inch rims and leather interior. Gatorade blood, Nike swoosh, red cross logo, a baby I can donate to charity.”

His rant was clearly against the way the world stays distracted by the latest trend, never dealing in reality long enough to see past the exterior. Burrows wanted a baby so that he wouldn’t, either. He wanted “something to keep me distracted. Something to prevent me from feeling other people’s pain. Something to keep me believing that this is the best humanity can do.”

If those poems dealt with the world’s reality, Chicago native and Actors Studio veteran Paul Mabon’s poem was uncomfortably personal. “Thundercats” was at times comedic, playful, tense and draining. It left the audience speechless, which was a credit to Mabon’s acting ability. His ability to relive that personal pain, however, was a credit to his character.

Being a pre-teen in a household where his divorced mother brought another man into the home, he immersed himself in the popular cartoon, where the scenarios of what he saw in his home life played out daily.

His final line said it all: “I was 11 years old and couldn’t make him stop hitting my mother.” Like Mabon, the audience had real tears.

Such an emotional show, with the poets delivering in a huge way.

Did you feel the emotion this week? Which parts from each poem hit home the most for you? Hit us up in the comments section here and using the hashtag #VersesandFlow over on Twitter. We can’t wait for you to see our season finale, which will be all about lightning bugs, songbirds, and a visit from the Love King. Get ready. Verses and Flow 3.0 literally goes out on a Goode note.

QUEEN D, aka Danee Black, is a teacher by profession, and a revolutionary by nature. She can’t really help it, since that’s the way her mother raised her. After living in a few different cities during her formative years, the San Francisco State graduate is settled in Oakland, attempting to do her part in preparing her students for life. It’s her honesty that makes her both an effective teacher and poet. We caught up with the Queen to talk about her first poem, the story behind “Roadkill,” and how she became a revolution unto herself.

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AINSLEY BURROWS was destined for a very different life than the one he lives now. While he always had a way with words, it was never something he saw as a lifestyle. That is, until a near-death experience caused him the change his way of living. It caused him to actually live—in the moment and in his words. Now, the award-winning and internationally acclaimed full-time poet is ready for his spotlight on Verses and Flow, and chats with us about the experience that changed his life, how he fell in love with words, and the reason why he, um, wants to have a baby.

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