The Turn On

The Turn On

The Turn On is produced and co-hosted by sex educator Erica Easter and me, author and Black joy advocate Kenrya Rankin. It uses literary erotica as a jumping off point to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

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June 21, 2022 63 min

The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "The Romantic Agenda" by Claire Kann and talk asexuality, aromanticism, heteronormative conditioning, love bombing, and balancing platonic and rom...

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The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to matchmaker and dating expert Chi Love about  inviting love into your life, the importance of compatibility before chemistry, trying different things to...

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The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "His Only Wife" by Peace Medie and talk about family bullshit, the lessons we teach our children about love, the sexiness of confident decision ma...

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The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to author Katrina Jackson about Black academia, creating what we want to see, the glorious intentionality of polyamorous relationships,  writing internal ...

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April 26, 2022 59 min

The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya are reading "Looking" by Katrina Jackson and talking about evolving relationships, expanding dating horizons and beardfishing.

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    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to psychic Jamila White about fish dreams, the ways intuition shows up, how to practice energy hygiene, tapping into your own intuitive intelligence, sett...

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    March 29, 2022 66 min

    The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "A Private Affair" by A.C. Arthur and talk about the universality of pooping, crystal pussy Twitter, not pathologizing lack of sexual desire, what...

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    The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to educator Julienne L. about teaching during the pandemic, "Bad Boys 3" to as a dating tool, what we've learned about ourselves since 2020, e...

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    The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read Sabrina B. Scales' "Quarantined: A Collection of Shorts" and talk pandemic mess, capitalism, innovation and the ways we are all connected.

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    The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya talk to writer and geographer Teju Adisa-Farrar about environmental racism, why what we wear matters, breaking the habit of negotiating our worth, how our bodi...

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    February 2, 2022 57 min

    The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people.

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "A Spy In The Struggle" by Aya de Leon and talk about environmental racism, being in community with other Black people, so-called "Black Ident...

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    January 26, 2022 1 min

    The Turn On uses literary erotica to explore the intricacies of having sex while Black, via a mix of storytelling, humor and frank talk that centers the lived experiences of Black women, femmes and gender nonconforming people. 

    This week, Erica and Kenrya let the people know that they are slowing down a bit. Back next week with a new, full episode!

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

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    This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author, artist and educator Benji Hart about the malleability of gender; the need for expansive, affirmative language around gender identity; art as healing and sustaining practice; collaboration as a pathway to Black liberation; the origins of voguing as a queer Black art form and the ingeniousness of our ancestors.

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    January 12, 2022 63 min

    In this episode of The Turn On, Erica and Kenrya read "Masquerade" by Anne Shade and talk the queerness of the Harlem Renaissance, the twin menaces of classism and colorism, the importance of community care, the beauty of hearing from ​queer elders, and talking to kids about racism and heterosexism so they (hopefully) won't be assholes.

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  • Book, "Masquerade" by Anne Shade| Bookshop | Amazon
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    This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to Mommy Hour podcast host Corene Lavhan about ​sex after childbirth, raiding the kids' snacks post-sex and chasing your happy.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-quickie-42-this-is-your-sex-lifewith-corene-lavhan.

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    This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author and show fave Jodie Slaughter about the joys of lube, antidepressants and orgasms, being a pillow princess, why terrible people are always willing to jump into relationships and why you need an Aries on your team.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-quickie-41-this-is-your-se...

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    This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author and cousin of the show Sheree L. Greer about the terrors of patriarchy, the importance of processing trauma, the intricacies of low-stakes hook ups, the importance of reciprocity, hating-ass pets and communication as aphrodisiac. Content warning: sexual abuse

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

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    ​This week, Erica and Kenrya talk about E's experience with a professional dom, overcoming hang ups around hiring sex workers and the importance of aftercare.

    You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/season-5-quickie-39-storytime-e-the-dom.

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    This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to Mom of My Mom creator Jacquelyn R. about moving back home to care for her mother, building a community for caregivers, learning how to meet her own needs and how she finds joy every day.

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    Guest, Jacquelyn R.: Website | TikTok | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube
    Book, "You Make Me Feel" by Tucora Monique | Amazon
    Author, Tucora Monique | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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    This week, Erica and Kenrya read Tucora Monique's "You Make Me Feel" and talk about riding for your homies, the ugliness of respectability and why sometimes, someone being "romantic" is just a code word for disrespecting your boundaries. Word.

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    Book, "You Make Me Feel" by Tucora Monique | Amazon
    Author, Tucora Monique | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
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