Episodes
Published 05/11/22
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 conflict and happy-for-nows, stepping away from grind...
Published 05/11/22
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. Resources Book, "Looking" by Katrina Jackson | PatreonAuthor, Katrina Jackson | Website |...
Published 04/27/22
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 psychic Jamila White about fish dreams, the ways intuition shows up, how to practice energy hygiene, tapping into your own intuitive intelligence, setting boundaries with our ancestors and how connecting with...
Published 04/13/22
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 our parents taught us about love and the narcissistic urge to...
Published 03/30/22
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, eliminating stigma around taking meds for mental health, shape shifting...
Published 03/16/22
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. Resources Book, "Quarantined: A Collection of Shorts" by Sabrina B....
Published 03/02/22
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 bodies impact the ways we move through the world, and how racism...
Published 02/16/22
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 Identity Extremists," Black Republicans, the value of unlikeable protagonists...
Published 02/02/22
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 this episode at...
Published 01/26/22
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. Resources Guest, Benji Hart | Website | Instagram | Twitter Books films and people mentioned in this episode: "And The Category Is: Inside...
Published 01/19/22
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. Resources Book, "Masquerade" by Anne Shade| Bookshop | AmazonAuthor, Anne Shade | Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookBlack Trans Travel Fund |...
Published 01/12/22
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. Connect With The Turn On Website: http://www.theturnonpodcast.com Instagram: @TheTurnOnPodcast Twitter: @TheTurnOnPod Facebook:...
Published 01/05/22
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-sex-lifewith-jodie-slaughter. Connect With The Turn...
Published 12/29/21
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...
Published 12/22/21
​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. Connect With The Turn On Website: http://www.theturnonpodcast.com Instagram: @TheTurnOnPodcast Twitter: @TheTurnOnPod Facebook:...
Published 12/15/21
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. Resources 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 Jacquelyn's Recommendations: "Born a Crime: Stories from a...
Published 12/08/21
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. Resources Book, "You Make Me Feel" by Tucora Monique | Amazon Author, Tucora Monique | Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Ball Gag You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at...
Published 12/01/21
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to VDOM creator Glenise Kinard-Moore about running toward what you're afraid of; learning as you go; the space where intimacy, queerness and disability intersect; using technology to "make the most incredible dick ever" and the future of sex. Resources Guest, Glenise Kindard-Moore: Website | Instagram | TwitterBook, "Stiff" (Heavy on the D Book 1) | AmazonAuthor, Stephanie Nicole Norris | Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookGlenise's...
Published 11/24/21
This week, Erica and Kenrya read "Stiff" by Stephanie Nicole Norris and talk about tech-enabled sex clubs, dating someone's representative, giving threesomes as "gifts," pronoun autonomy, enthusiastic consent and opting out of teaching folks how to be better. 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-episode-2-trading-places. Connect With The Turn On Website:...
Published 11/17/21
This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to Dr. Lanice Avery about who's going to save Black women (spoiler: it's us); being our whole, expansive selves; the importance of nurturing friendships with other women; leaning into our unexpected strengths; the virtues of being a curious bitch; and getting off and getting free. Resources Guest, Lanice Avery | la4gd (at) virginia.edu | Twitter Book, "Four Letter Word: (After Hours Book 1)" | Amazon Author, Ava Freeman | Website | Instagram | Twitter Dr....
Published 11/10/21
This week, Erica and Kenrya read Ava Freeman's “Four Letter Word” and talk flagrant flirting, hiding shit from your friends, ghosting, interactions with exes and dating folks with zero previous romantic relationship experience.  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-episode-1-sure-thing. Connect With The Turn On Website: http://www.theturnonpodcast.com Instagram:...
Published 11/03/21
​This week, Erica and Kenrya talk to author adrienne maree brown about "Pleasure Activism," the distinct joy of writing fiction, growing a pleasureful life, learning in public, what the Black kink community can teach us about negotiating intimacy, the joys of integrating your sexual self with your other selves, navigating disability and sex and why we're so damn grateful that Black people write books. You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this...
Published 10/27/21
This week, Erica and Kenrya ask each other a bunch of hella personal questions—the words "gooch," "trap lord with a big booty" and "so f****n' joyful" were all uttered—and share the answers with y'all. You can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode at https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/transcripts/quickie-37-so-many-questions. Connect With The Turn On Website: http://www.theturnonpodcast.com Instagram: @TheTurnOnPodcast Twitter:...
Published 10/20/21
​This week, we're revisiting Season 3, Episode 8 of The Turn On. Erica and Kenrya read from Jodie Slaughter's "White Whiskey Bargain" and talk about Black Appalachia, masturbation, vulnerability and why consent is so damn sexy. Resources Book, "White Whiskey Bargain" by Jodie Slaughter: Bookshop | AmazonAuthor, Jodie Slaughter: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookWhat's Turning Us On: Egg ToyYou can find full show notes, a transcript and links to everything we mentioned on this episode...
Published 10/13/21