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The Turn On

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The Turn On is a podcast for Black people who want to get off. To open their minds. To learn. To be part of a community. To show that we love and have sex too, and it doesn’t have to be political or scandalous or dirty. Unless we want it to be. Join us each week as we read a sexy piece of Black erot… read more

84 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Quickie 25 | Mailbag

January 13th, 2021

24:13

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about spicing up married sex, upping your sex stamina, (maybe) myths that seem hella true and …

Quickie 24 | Storytime: One Night Stands

January 6th, 2021

22:58

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about the pleasures and challenges of one night stands.

You can find full show notes, a …

Quickie 23 | Mailbag: Dating Apps

December 30th, 2020

27:52

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about finding the right dating app in the new year, strategies for scoring good matches and how …

Quickie 22 | Storytime: Dry Humping

December 23rd, 2020

27:07

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about the virtues of our good friend dry humping and share their experiences past and …

Episode 8.5 | The Turn On x Jodie Slaughter

December 16th, 2020

1:35:12

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Jodie Slaughter about celebrity crushes, writing embarrassing fanfic, Affrilachians and …

Episode 8 | Family Affair

December 9th, 2020

41:52

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from Jodie Slaughter's "White Whiskey Bargain" and talk about Black Appalachia, masturbation, …

Episode 7.5 | The Turn On x Sheree L. Greer

December 2nd, 2020

53:50

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to play cousin Sheree L. Greer about her book "Let the Lover Be," who gets to be an activist, …

Episode 7 | Cranes In The Sky: Live Show With Sheree L. Greer

November 25th, 2020

1:28:35

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya host their very first live show! They talk to special guest Sheree L. Greer about her book "Let the Lover Be," breaking free of addiction, romanticizing relationships …

Episode 6.5 | The Turn On x Chloé Cook

November 18th, 2020

39:49

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to therapist Chloé Cook about repeating the patterns of our parental relationships in our romantic relationships, setting boundaries with our partners' friends, and …

Episode 6 | What About Your Friends

November 11th, 2020

52:56

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from "Big Girl Pill" by KD Williamson and talk about heeding red flags, telling your friends when you don't rock with the person they're dating and breaking up with …

Announcement: The Turn On Live Show!

November 10th, 2020

4:11

The 'Rona has us stuck in the house, but that doesn't meet we can't get together for a fun night! Join us on Saturday, November 14, 2020, as we hop online and discuss "Let The Lover Be" by Sheree L. Greer. Killa will …

Episode 5.5 | The Turn On x Vanesa Evers

November 4th, 2020

40:50

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to writer Vanesa Evers about rewriting history, overcoming unbearable whiteness in professional spaces and using poetry to inspire sexual liberation.

You can find …

Episode 5 | Brown Skin

October 28th, 2020

52:17

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from "Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution!" and talk pegging, learning from our partners and …

Quickie 21 | Homecoming Dispatches

October 21st, 2020

26:22

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya reminisce about homecoming.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we …

Quickie 20 | Mailbag: COVID Edition

October 14th, 2020

15:08

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer a few questions from the mailbag.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to …

Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Christina C. Jones

October 7th, 2020

1:05:27

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to "Bittersweet" author Christina C. Jones about creating realistic, Black-ass characters, …

Episode 4 | Nobody's Supposed To Be Here

September 30th, 2020

1:04:40

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from "Bittersweet" by Christina C. Jones and talk about hard-won orgasms, shaking free of …

Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x "Tracy"

September 23rd, 2020

26:12

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to guest "Tracy" about finding love within your friend group, staying grounded on the hard days …

Episode 3 | Lovers And Friends

September 16th, 2020

43:19

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from "Benefriends” by Chencia C. Higgins, then talk about dating within your friend group and …

Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Fiona Zedde

September 9th, 2020

37:32

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to author Fiona Zedde about her work, sexuality in ancient African societies and just how much …

Episode 2 | Rain

September 2nd, 2020

1:08:26

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read “Rise of the Rain Queen” by Fiona Zedde and talk about the role family plays in romantic …

Episode 1.5 | The Turn On x Haddi Ceesay

August 26th, 2020

45:14

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to sex educator Haddi Ceesay about the horrors of abstinence-only education, Islam and finding …

Episode 1 | All I Need

August 19th, 2020

56:33

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Delaney Diamond's "Queen of Barrakesch" and talk about wedding night sex and what's turning …

Season Three Announcement

August 18th, 2020

7:49

We're back, bitches! Plus some important announcements.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this …

Quickie 19 | The Turn On x Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke

August 12th, 2020

50:13

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke about the fluidity of gender, decolonizing sexuality and the …

Quickie 18 | This Is Your Sex Life... With Blanche

August 5th, 2020

45:12

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya take a stroll down sex memory lane with their special guest, Blanche.

You can find full show notes, a …

Quickie 17 | Choices

July 29th, 2020

8:16

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya ask each other weird ass questions and give weird ass answers ahead of season three. Join us!

You can …

Quickie 16 | Know Your Tropes, Too

July 22nd, 2020

10:56

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya revisit common romance tropes and talk about tropes they'd like to see.

You can find full show notes, …

Quickie 15 | The Turn On x Jerome The Rabbit

July 15th, 2020

11:36

In this episode of The Turn On, Kenrya interviews Jerome, Erica's favorite toy.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we …

Quickie 14 | Mailbag

July 8th, 2020

11:12

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya dig in the mailbag and answer questions from readers.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and …

Quickie 13 | Storytime: Swingers' Club

July 1st, 2020

26:56

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about their first time at a swinger's club.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links …

Quickie 12 | Know Your Tropes

June 24th, 2020

10:48

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya break down common tropes in romance literature and discuss their favorites.

You can find full show …

Quickie 11 | Would You Rather...?

June 17th, 2020

10:48

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer a series of "would you rather" questions.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links …

Quickie 10 | What Brings You Joy?

June 10th, 2020

14:24

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about what is bringing them joy these days.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links …

Episode 10.5 | The Turn On x Mahogany L. Browne

June 3rd, 2020

49:59

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Mahogany L. Browne about about self love as revolution, why poetry is a fantastic vehicle …

Episode 10 | Greatest Love Of All

May 27th, 2020

52:28

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from "The Complete Works of Pat Parker" and discuss love—and sex—as a revolutionary act.

Episode 9.5 | The Turn On x Mistress Domonique

May 20th, 2020

34:33

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Mistress Domonique about sex education, the best thing about being a domme and how to shine in nudes.

Resources:​​

GUEST | Mistress Domonique:

Episode 9 | Touch My Body

May 13th, 2020

45:50

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from Nicole Falls' "F*ck and Fall in Love" and talk about unexpected relationship milestones …

Quickie 9 | Intimacy In The Time Of The Rona

May 6th, 2020

21:56

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya discuss their quarantine experiences and share dispatches from listeners about how they are …

Episode 8.5 | The Turn On x Alexandra Warren

April 29th, 2020

25:08

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to author Alexandra Warren about staying true to yourself, creating your own measures for success and setting it out for people who haven't yet earned it.

Resources:​​

Episode 8 | Summertime

April 22nd, 2020

37:25

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read an excerpt from "If Only for the Summer" by Alexandra Warren and talk about summer romances and doing too much too soon in relationships.

Resources:​​

BOOK | "If Only …

Episode 7.5 | The Turn On x Candace

April 15th, 2020

27:16

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya chop it up with Not Your Average Fairy Tale co-host Candace about the intricacies of parenting and being a sexual being.

Resources:​​

GUEST | Candace of Not Your Average …

Episode 7 | Happily Ever After

April 8th, 2020

52:17

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Cherysse Welcher-Calhoun's short story "Homecumming" from "Best Black Women's Erotica" and talk about sex and parenting.

Resources:​​

BOOK | "Best Black Women's …

Episode 6.5 | The Turn On x Beverly Jenkins

April 1st, 2020

47:11

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to romance icon Beverly Jenkins about connecting with your life's work, the importance of mentoring and the state of Black literature.

Resources:​​

AUTHOR | Beverly …

Episode 6 | I Will Survive

March 25th, 2020

51:52

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read an excerpt from "Forbidden" by Beverly Jenkins and talk about finding—and living into—your life's purpose.

Resources:​​

BOOK | "Forbidden":

Quickie 8 | The Turn On x Alyssa Cole

March 18th, 2020

38:45

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to romance giant Alyssa Cole about the state of literary romance, the importance of asking for …

Quickie 7 | A Bag of Random Questions

March 11th, 2020

18:19

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer a few questions from their grab bag.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and …

Episode 5.5 | The Turn On x Khadijah

March 4th, 2020

22:52

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Khadijah about the joys of being a sugar baby, the importance of loving your work and losing the last of your fucks.

Resources:​​

GUEST | Khadijah:

Episode 5 | She Works Hard For The Money

February 26th, 2020

42:47

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read an excerpt from "My Billionaire Benefactor" by Shae Sanders and talk about the sniff test, men in baby suits and sex work.

Resources:​​

BOOK | "My Billionaire …

Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Quinn Gee-Edwards

February 19th, 2020

29:59

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to therapist Quinn Gee-Edwards about healthy dating post-divorce, loving the body you're in and the pitfalls of marrying the first person you have sex with.

Resources:

Episode 4 | The Second Time Around

February 12th, 2020

57:42

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from Tasha Harrison's "A Taste of Her Own Medicine" and discuss their complicated relationship with hand jobs, dating after divorce and the art of picking good …

Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x Vilissa Thompson

February 5th, 2020

38:04

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya interview social worker and disability advocate Vilissa Thompson about having sex while disabled and making good trouble.

Resources:

GUEST | Vilissa Thompson:

Episode 3 | Superwoman

January 29th, 2020

55:54

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from Alyssa Cole's "Can't Escape Love" and talk about asking for help and not making current …

Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Sondi Warner

January 22nd, 2020

18:12

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Sondi Warner about non-traditional publishing, making consent sexy and the trio at the center of her book, "Lead Me Astray."

Resources:

BOOK | "Lead Me Astray":

Episode 2 | Permission

January 15th, 2020

47:15

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Sondi Warner's "Lead Me Astray" and talk about paranormal creatures, consent and tapping into our primal selves.

Resources:

BOOK | "Lead Me Astray":

Episode 1.5 | The Turn On x Cherí Calico Roman

January 8th, 2020

37:31

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to Cherí Calico Roman, co-founder of Black Poly Pride, about the ins and outs of polyamory.

Episode 1 | The Weekend

January 1st, 2020

55:13

Welcome to Season 2! In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Katrina Jackson's "From Scratch" and talk fat bodies, dating police …

Quickie 6 | Shout Outs!

December 25th, 2019

15:18

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya shout out some of their favorite accounts to follow on social media.

You can find full show …

Quickie 5 | Name That Scene

December 18th, 2019

9:22

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read out of context passages from some of this season's selections.

You can find full show …

Quickie 4 | Lemme Ask Y'all Something

December 11th, 2019

23:42

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer listener questions.

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything …

Quickie 3 | The Casting Couch

December 4th, 2019

17:23

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya cast a few of this season's books with known and unknown stars.

You can find full show notes, a …

Quickie 2 | Getting to Know You, Too

November 27th, 2019

17:29

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, roles reverse and Erica and Kenrya interview each other as the other person. (Yeah, it's confusing...just …

Quickie 1 | Getting To Know You

November 20th, 2019

27:30

In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya tell their friendship origin story and interview each another.

You can find full show notes, a …

Episode 10.5 | The Turn On x Pam Creekmur

November 13th, 2019

37:26

On Episode 10.5 of The Turn On, we talk to minister and public health expert Pam Creekmur about sex and Christianity.

GUEST: Pam Creekmur:

Episode 10 | My Boo

November 6th, 2019

1:15:53

On Episode 10 of The Turn On, we read Song of Solomon from the Contemporary English Version of the Bible and discuss sex and religion, feminism and …

Episode 9.5 | The Turn On x Lauren Cherelle

October 30th, 2019

23:58

On Episode 9.5 of The Turn On, we talk to Lauren Cherelle, author of "The Dawn of Nia," about identity and using literature to lift up the experiences of Southern Black lesbians.

BOOK: "The Dawn of Nia" by Lauren …

Episode 9 | Partition

October 23rd, 2019

51:18

On Episode 9 of The Turn On, we read from "The Dawn of Nia" by Lauren Cherelle and talk about getting dressed for dates, corny foreplay and how traumatic experiences have impacted our intimate relationships.

BOOK: "The …

Episode 8.5 | The Turn On x Chloé Cook

October 16th, 2019

22:59

On Episode 8.5 of The Turn On, we interview therapist Chloé Cook about the ins and outs of relationships that form as the result of shared trauma.

Episode 8 | Feel The Fire

October 9th, 2019

47:08

On Episode 8 of The Turn On, we read from "Fire Baptized" by Kenya Wright and talk about our experiences playing with fire (bka being friends with exes).

BOOK: "Fire Baptized" by Kenya Wright: https://amzn.to/2o33FmP

Episode 7.5 | The Turn On x Talia Hibbert

October 2nd, 2019

24:21

On Episode 7.5 of The Turn On, we interview Talia Hibbert, author of "Bad for the Boss," and talk about the importance of representation and banning shame from our sex lives.

BOOK: "Bad for the Boss":

Episode 7 | We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off

September 25th, 2019

43:56

On Episode 7 of The Turn On, we read from Talia Hibbert's "Bad for the Boss" and extol the joys of dry humping.

BOOK: "Bad for the Boss":

Episode 6.5 | The Turn On x Quinn Gee-Edwards

September 18th, 2019

41:08

In Episode 6.5 of The Turn On, we talk to therapist Quinn Gee-Edwards about hoteps, narcissism and the importance of having a firm foundation before you date.

BOOK: Let Me Free You (McClain Brothers Book 4):

Episode 6 | Let's Get Married

September 11th, 2019

50:34

In Episode 6 of The Turn On, we read an excerpt from "Let Me Free You" by Alexandria House and discuss marriage proposals, dating hoteps and getting out of our own heads.

BOOK: Let Me Free You (McClain Brothers Book 4):

Episode 5.5 | The Turn On x Mistress Envy

September 4th, 2019

17:38

On Episode 5.5 of The Turn On, we interview Mistress Envy, author of "Erotic Confessions of the Mildly Perverse: A Collection of Short Stories."

BOOK: …

Episode 5 | What's Your Fantasy

August 28th, 2019

1:02:44

On Episode 5 of The Turn On, we read two stories from Mistress Envy's "Erotic Confessions of the Mildly Perverse: A Collection of Short Stories" and …

Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Rebel Miller

August 21st, 2019

29:41

In Episode 4.5 of The Turn On, we interview Rebel Miller, the author of "Awakening," about world building and sex scenes as character development.

BOOK: Awakening: Book One of Kira's Story (The Realm Series 1):

Episode 4 | I'm In Love With Another Man

August 14th, 2019

1:10:37

In Episode 4 of The Turn On, we read an excerpt from "Awakening," the first book in Rebel Miller's Realm series, "forbidden" love and the times we've talked ourselves into trouble.

BOOK: Awakening: Book One of Kira's …

Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x Carol Taylor

August 7th, 2019

35:18

In Episode 3.5 of The Turn On, we interview Carol Taylor, editor of "Brown Sugar 4: Secret Desires," and take a deep dive into the origin story of …

Episode 3 | Anywhere

July 31st, 2019

52:32

In Episode 3 of The Turn On, we read "Luzette” by Darrell Dawsey, which appears in Carol Taylor's "Brown Sugar 4: Secret Desires." Then we reminisce …

Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Feminista Jones

July 24th, 2019

45:19

In Episode 2.5 of The Turn On, we talk to "Push the Button" author Feminsta Jones about BDSM, labels and building community.

BOOK: "Push the Button": https://amzn.to/2jML9Nn
AUTHOR: Feminista Jones:

Episode 2 | Computer Love

July 17th, 2019

52:36

In Episode 2 of The Turn On, we read an excerpt from “Push the Button” by Feminsta Jones. Then we talk about our own experiences with dominant and …

Episode 1 | What, What, In The Butt

July 10th, 2019

1:04:28

In Episode 1 of The Turn On, we read "Drag," a story from Leone Ross' "Come Let Us Sing Anyway," then—in honor of our first episode—we spill about some very special first times.

BOOK: "Come Let Us Sing Anyway":

Episode 1.5 | The Turn On x Leone Ross

July 10th, 2019

36:58

In Episode 1.5 of The Turn On, we interview writer Leone Ross, author of "Come Let Us Sing Anyway." We talk inspiration, first times and the world leader we're sure has never, ever been present while a woman was having …

Episode 0 | Trailer

June 17th, 2019

1:33

The Turn On is a podcast for Black people who want to get off. To open their minds. To learn. To be part of a community. To show that we love and …

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