The Turn On

The Turn On

www.theturnonpodcast.com
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?


Quickie 21: Homecoming Dispatches
Oct 21 • 26 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya reminisce about homecoming.
Quickie 20 | Mailbag: COVID Edition
Oct 14 • 15 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer a few questions from the mailbag.
Announcement: The Turn On Live Show!
Oct 13 • 4 min
Join The Turn On hosts Erica and Kenrya as they read from and discuss Sheree L. Greer’s “Let The Lover Be” live and in your home!
Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Christina C. Jones
Oct 7 • 65 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to “Bittersweet” author Christina C. Jones about creating realistic, Black-ass characters, being prolific as hell and the importance of carving out a space for indie Black writers.
Episode 4 | Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here
Sep 30 • 64 min
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 perfectionism and teaching kids that being an asshole is not a healthy way to express love.
Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x “Tracy”
Sep 23 • 26 min
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 and the importance of sowing your royal oats.
Episode 3 | Lovers And Friends
Sep 16 • 43 min
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 their favorite restraints.
Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Fiona Zedde
Sep 9 • 37 min
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 time you really need with your soulmate.
Episode 2 | Rain
Sep 2 • 68 min
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 relationships and dating folks who are too old for us. Plus, they announce the first selection in The Turn On…
Episode 1.5 | The Turn On x Haddi Ceesay
Aug 26 • 45 min
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 your calling.
Episode 1 | All I Need
Aug 19 • 56 min
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 them on right now.
Season Three Announcement
Aug 18 • 7 min
We’re back, bitches! Plus some important announcements.
Quickie 19 | The Turn On x Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke
Aug 12 • 50 min
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 importance of discovering what brings you pleasure.
Quickie 18 | This Is Your Sex Life… With Blanche
Aug 5 • 45 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya take a stroll down sex memory lane with their special guest, Blanche.
Quickie 17 | Choices
Jul 29 • 8 min
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!
Quickie 16 | Know Your Tropes, Too
Jul 22 • 10 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya revisit common romance tropes and talk about tropes they’d like to see.
Quickie 15 | The Turn On x Jerome The Rabbit
Jul 15 • 11 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Kenrya interviews Jerome, Erica’s favorite toy.
Quickie 14 | Mailbag
Jul 8 • 11 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya dig in the mailbag and answer questions from readers.
Quickie 13 | Storytime: Swingers’ Club
Jul 1 • 26 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about their first time at a swinger’s club.
Quickie 12 | Know Your Tropes
Jun 24 • 10 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya break down common tropes in romance literature and discuss their favorites.
Quickie 11 | Would You Rather…?
Jun 17 • 10 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer a series of “would you rather” questions.
Quickie 10 | What Brings You Joy?
Jun 10 • 14 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk about what is bringing them joy these days.
Episode 10.5 | The Turn On x Mahogany L. Browne
Jun 3 • 49 min
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 for the erotic and using books to help our kids cope with the fallout of white supremacy.
Episode 10 | Greatest Love Of All
May 27 • 52 min
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 20 • 34 min
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.
Episode 9 | Touch My Body
May 13 • 45 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read from Nicole Falls’ “F*ck and Fall in Love: A Novella” and talk about unexpected relationship milestones and having sex on camera.
Quickie 9 | Intimacy In The Time Of The Rona
May 6 • 21 min
In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya discuss their quarantine experiences and share dispatches from listeners about how they are fostering intimacy during the pandemic.
Episode 8.5 | The Turn On x Alexandra Warren
Apr 29 • 25 min
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.
Episode 8 | Summertime
Apr 22 • 37 min
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.
Episode 7.5 | The Turn On x Candace
Apr 15 • 27 min
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.
Episode 7 | Happily Ever After
Apr 8 • 52 min
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.
Episode 6.5 | The Turn On x Beverly Jenkins
Apr 1 • 47 min
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.
Episode 6 | I Will Survive
Mar 25 • 51 min
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.
Quickie 8 | The Turn On x Alyssa Cole
Mar 18 • 38 min
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 help and why we shouldn’t have to prove we are deserving of love to get Black books published.
Quickie 7 | A Bag of Random Questions
Mar 11 • 18 min
In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer a few questions from their grab bag.
Episode 5.5 | The Turn On x Khadijah
Mar 4 • 22 min
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.
Episode 5 | She Works Hard For The Money
Feb 26 • 42 min
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.
Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Quinn Gee-Edwards
Feb 19 • 29 min
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.
Episode 4 | The Second Time Around
Feb 12 • 57 min
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 partners.
Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x Vilissa Thompson
Feb 5 • 38 min
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.
Episode 3 | Superwoman
Jan 29 • 55 min
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 partners pay for the sins of past partners.
Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Sondi Warner
Jan 22 • 18 min
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.”
Episode 2 | Permission
Jan 15 • 47 min
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.
Episode 1.5 | The Turn On x Cherí Calico Roman
Jan 8 • 37 min
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
Jan 1 • 55 min
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 officers and polyamorous relationships.
Quickie 6 | Shout Outs!
Dec 25, 2019 • 15 min
In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya shout out some of their favorite accounts to follow on social media.
Quickie 5 | Name That Scene
Dec 18, 2019 • 9 min
In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read out of context passages from some of this season’s selections.
Quickie 4 | Lemme Ask Y’all Something
Dec 11, 2019 • 23 min
In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya answer listener questions.
Quickie 3 | The Casting Couch
Dec 4, 2019 • 17 min
In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya cast a few of this season’s books with known and unknown stars.
Quickie 2 | Getting to Know You, Too
Nov 27, 2019 • 17 min
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 listen.)
Quickie 1 | Getting To Know You
Nov 20, 2019 • 27 min
In this bonus episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya tell their friendship origin story and interview each another.
Episode 10.5 | The Turn On x Pam Creekmur
Nov 13, 2019 • 37 min
On Episode 10.5 of The Turn On, we talk to minister and public health expert Pam Creekmur about sex and Christianity.
Episode 10 | My Boo
Nov 6, 2019 • 75 min
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 race.
Episode 9.5 | The Turn On x Lauren Cherelle
Oct 30, 2019 • 23 min
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.
Episode 9 | Partition
Oct 23, 2019 • 51 min
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.
Episode 8.5 | The Turn On x Chloé Cook
Oct 16, 2019 • 22 min
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
Oct 9, 2019 • 47 min
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).
Episode 7.5 | The Turn On x Talia Hibbert
Oct 2, 2019 • 24 min
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.
Episode 7 | We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Sep 25, 2019 • 43 min
On Episode 7 of The Turn On, we read from Talia Hibbert’s “Bad for the Boss” and extol the joys of dry humping.
Episode 6.5 | The Turn On x Quinn Gee-Edwards
Sep 18, 2019 • 41 min
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.
Episode 6 | Let’s Get Married
Sep 11, 2019 • 50 min
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.
Episode 5.5 | The Turn On x Mistress Envy
Sep 4, 2019 • 17 min
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.”
Episode 5 | What’s Your Fantasy
Aug 28, 2019 • 62 min
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 discuss what happens when fantasy turns into reality.
Episode 4.5 | The Turn On x Rebel Miller
Aug 21, 2019 • 29 min
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.
Episode 4 | I’m In Love With Another Man
Aug 14, 2019 • 70 min
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.
Episode 3.5 | The Turn On x Carol Taylor
Aug 7, 2019 • 35 min
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 the groundbreaking “Brown Sugar” series.
Episode 3 | Anywhere
Jul 31, 2019 • 52 min
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 about all the moments when we had no choice but to give into our own secret desires, location be damned.
Episode 2.5 | The Turn On x Feminista Jones
Jul 24, 2019 • 45 min
In Episode 2.5 of The Turn On, we talk to “Push the Button” author Feminsta Jones about BDSM, labels and building community.
Episode 2 | Computer Love
Jul 17, 2019 • 52 min
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 submissive roles in relationships.
Episode 1.5 | The Turn On x Leone Ross
Jul 10, 2019 • 36 min
This week, we interview writer Leone Ross, author of “Come Let Us Sing Anyway,” about inspiration, first times and the world leader we’re sure has never, ever been present while a woman was having an orgasm.
Episode 1 | What, What, In The Butt
Jul 10, 2019 • 64 min
In this episode 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.
Episode 0 | Trailer
Jun 17, 2019 • 1 min
The ins and outs of The Turn On, the new must-listen Black literary erotica podcast.