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.

Episodes

July 20, 2021 65 min

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to "Seven Days in June" author Tia Williams about manifesting love, "Romeo and Juliet" what ifs, living with disabilities, the myth of having it all, the underappreciated skill it takes to write about sex sexily and inappropriate shit we had no business doing as kids.

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  • Book, "Seven Days in June" by Tia WIlliams | Bookshop | Amazon
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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Tia William's "Seven Days in June" and talk invisible disabilities, shifting identities, taking up space, generational trauma, parenting kids with more privilege than you, the beauty of Korean spas and the benefits of being young and unattached.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya amble through Kenrya's sex life and talk about the impact of trauma in the bedroom and revel in the joy that comes with letting the right one in.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-quickie-36-this-is-your-sex-lifewith-kenrya.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya take a stroll through Erica's sex life, from her first kiss to what she wishes she could snap her fingers and change. Let's go!

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-quickie-35-this-is-your-sex-lifewith-erica.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya share dispatches from listeners about what they learned about sex during the pandemic.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-quickie-34-dispatches-covid-19-sex-lessons.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya share their experiences talking about sex with the olds.

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  • Book, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume: Bookshop | Amazon
  • Book, "Then Again, Maybe I Won't" by Judy Blume: Bookshop | Amazon
  • You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-q...

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to singer ArinMaya about abandoning The V Club, making pivots, using the gifts God gives us, being goal-oriented in relationships and the commodification of sex.

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  • Guest, ArinMaya | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
  • Book, "Ho! Ho! Ho!: A Christmas Short" by Rilzy Adams | Amazon
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  • "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle | Bookshop | Amazon
  • "The Su...
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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Rilzy Adams' "Ho! Ho! Ho!" and talk about people who seek out virgins, dealing with STIs, holding grudges, what the body knows, post-trauma rituals and the joys of rewatching—and quoting—"Waiting to Exhale" as adults.

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  • Book, "Ho! Ho! Ho!: A Christmas Short" by Rilzy Adams | Amazon
  • Author, Rilzy Adams | Website | Twitter | Instagram 
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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to The Boonie Breakdown host Adriene Boone about how where you come from impacts where you're going, striking a balance between being ratchet and responsible, and what it takes to earn a spot on the Mount Rushmore of Dicks.

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    Guest, Adriene Boone | Podcast, The Boonie Breakdown | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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    May 18, 2021 59 min

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "Brazilian Wax" from Jacqueline R. Hawkins' "The Erotic Tales: Love, Sex and Submission" and talk about having sex with unexpected people, what it really means to be old, waxing preferences and expectations, and getting naked with friends.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to author D.L. White about avoiding the crutch of stereotypes, the perks of being petty, not being precious about virginity and using Pinterest to shape memorable characters.

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  • Book, "A Thin Line" by D.L. White| Amazon
  • Author, D.L. White | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
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  • "Until Death" by Delaney Diamond |  Bookshop | Amazon
  • "Mrs...
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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read D.L. White's "A Thin Line," talk about what we owe ourselves, setting healthy boundaries in friendships, teaching our kids about gaslighting, holding grudges, abolishing the idea of "losing your virginity" and how making unilateral decisions can bite you in the ass.

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  • Book, "A Thin Line" by D.L. White| Amazon
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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to photographer Rhonisha Franklin about finding your passion, pivoting careers, the beauty of brown skin and using photography as a healing modality.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-episode-2_5-the-turn-on-x-rhonisha-franklin.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "Along for the Ride" by Mimi Grace and talk the joys of road trips, rewriting the stories we tell ourselves, the consequences of taking on too much responsibility as children and what it really means to have your stuff together.

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  • Book, "Along for the Ride" by Mimi Grace | Bookshop | Amazon
  • What's Turning Us On | Rubber Duckie
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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to The Incredible Edible Akynos, international stripper and executive director of The Black Sex Worker Collective, about setting boundaries, the ways white supremacy perverts Black culture, sex worker representation in media and how we can all support sex workers.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.thetur...

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read B. Love's "Fans Only" and talk about OnlyFans, mindreading, waiting for a potential partner's mask to drop and learning to trust your intuition.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-episode-1-dont-stop-your-love.

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    April 5, 2021 3 min

    The Turn On returns for Season Four on April 7, 2021! And we've got a big surprise!
     
    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-4-announcement.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya interview each other about what they do outside the podcast, from peddling sex toys and books, to watching "WandaVision" and reality shows, to building the joyful lives they actually want.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/quickie-32-lets-get-even-more-personal3816256.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya dig in the mailbag and answer questions about inconsistent partners, how far is too far to drive for sex and how much to disclose before you do the do.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/quickie-31-dating-mailbag.

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    March 16, 2021 17 min

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk shit and wonder aloud who should play the leads in three of the books featured on the show this season.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/quickie-30-casting-call.

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