The Turn On

The Turn On

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 erotica, chop it up with the mind behind the literature, give y’all way too much information about our sex lives, and share some tips and tricks you might want to incorporate the next time you get it in. Your hosts are Erica and Kenrya, curious, hilarious, direct, Black best friends who love to have sex and read about sex and learn about sex, and would rather give up our vibrators than yuck someone else’s yum. We’ll explore all facets of sexuality, from kink to masturbation to sex work to having orgasms while disabled. Our lens for the show is “sex and…,” because we know that sex is never just about sex. Every time you tune in, we'll turn you on and teach you something you can use to get off. 3... Show More

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November 12, 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.

GUEST: Pam Creekmur: https://creekmursolutions.com/

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at Read more

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November 5, 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.

BOOK: Holy Bible, Contemporary English Version: https://amzn.to/2JrEBxd

You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at Read more

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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 Cherelle: https://amzn.to/30Pel5X

WRITER: Lauren Cherelle: http://www.lcherelle.... Read more

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October 22, 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.

BOOK: "The Dawn of Nia" by Lauren Cherelle: https://amzn.to/30Pel5X

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October 15, 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.

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

GUEST: Chloé Cook: http://www.familytherapynova.com/meet-the-team... Read more

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October 8, 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).

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

WRITER: Kenya Wright: https://kenyawrightbooks.com/ 

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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": https://amzn.to/2PBPtyd

WRITER: Talia Hibbert: http://www.taliahibbert.com

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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": https://amzn.to/2PBPtyd

WRITER: Talia Hibbert: http://www.taliahibbert.com

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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): https://amzn.to/34kraZ0

GUEST: Quinn Gee-Edwards: http://www.magnoliamhealth.com Read more

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September 10, 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.

BOOK: Let Me Free You (McClain Brothers Book 4): https://amzn.to/34kraZ0

WRITER: Alexandria House: http://msalexhouse.com

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September 3, 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."

BOOK: Erotic Confessions of the Mildly Perverse: A Collection of Short Stories: https://amzn.to/2YDqpWA
AUTHOR: Mistress Envy: http://www.... Read more

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August 27, 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.

BOOK: Erotic Confessions of the Mildly Perverse: A Collection of Short Stories: https://amzn.to/2YDqpWA
AUTHOR: Mistress Envy: Read more

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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): https://amzn.to/2SVRx1Q
WRITER: Rebel Miller: https://rebelmillerbooks.com
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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 Story (The Realm Series 1): https://amzn.to/2SVRx1Q
WRITER: Rebel Miller: Read more

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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.

STORY: Luzette, by Darrell Dawsey
BOOK: "Brown Sugar 4: Secret Desires": https://amzn.to/2XUTl0Y
EDITOR: Carol Taylor: Read more

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July 30, 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.

STORY: Luzette, by Darrell Dawsey
BOOK: "Brown Sugar 4: Secret Desires": https:... Read more

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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: http://feministajones.com/

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July 16, 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.

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

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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": https://amzn.to/2JooLUD
AUTHOR: Leone Ross: http://www.leoneross.com/ Read more

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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 an orgasm.

BOOK: "Come Let Us Sing Anyway": https://amzn.to/2JooLUD
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