How The Suicide Squad Influenced My T-Shirt Business

So the Suicide Squad comes out this week and being the social media guy in the box and I decided to embrace my love for The Joker and Harley Quinn with T-Shirts.

 Yes T-Shirts! 

One of the great thing about social media and how much you can try new things for free.

So I have been playing with the T-Shirt platform Spreadshirt, where you create a tee and they print and mail the order.

I decided to go with the name Benni Rivers for my store and first tees showed my love for Akron, Cleveland and  the state of Ohio,

followed by a few political T-shirts, including my series of Make Hip Hop Great Again tees.


Pretty soon I embraced my music side with my love for soul ,
…followed by my fondness for Deep House Music. 

…which was quickly followed by my followed a string of pop culture shirts,  including who did Negan kill on the Walking Dead. 


Now comes Suicide Squad, where I  partnered with some designers on some tees.
Am I  the next Kanye West who can sell out T-shirts at a pop up shop?

Probably not but the idea that you can designs tees and make some money is quite fun and appealing.

Be sure to check out my tees and and tell me what you think and if you like’em, place an order.

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Kevin Lockett Releases Interactive Content Marketing eBook

51uGBmnBkgL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_[1]New eBook helps Marketers and Newbies Learn How to Find, Engage and Creating Content from Industry Leaders  

AKRON, Sept. 15, 2015— “Give them [the audience] what they want…when they want it…in the form they want it in!”

Kevin Spacey’s quote kicks off “So You Think You Know Content Marketing” (Lockett Media), a down-to-earth guide that focuses on helping anyone Find, Create and Engage audiences through content marketing.

“I was interviewing Joe Pulizzi from Content Marketing Institute for my “Digital Life with Kevin Lockett” podcast a few years ago and towards the end of the interview, I asked him how could I brand myself better and he told me to write a book!  Kevin Lockett says. “So a few years later, I wrote a (e) book!”

The beginning of each chapter features a quote and a link, from a digital influencer like Pam Didner, Gini Dietrich, Andy Crestodina, and GE’s Katrina Craigwell, different aspects of content marketing including online conversation marketing, digital platforms, mobile strategy, content distribution, social media policy, leadership and more.  Kevin then offers his take on the quotes with his own social media advice or case studies, which also include links to articles, videos and podcasts to add even more insight.

The idea of the interactive nature of “So You Think You Know Content Marketing” came from another former podcast guest, Damon Brown. “Damon’s eBook, “Our Virtual Shadows,” was the best eBook I have ever read, because he was engaging his audience with links within his content. I have never seen anything like that before, “Lockett says enthusiastically. “I was so impacted by his eBook that I knew that if I ever wrote my own, I wanted my readers to have the same experience I had, the first time I read his eBook”.

Interactive as well as diverse, “So You Think You Know Content Marketing” also offers features urban professionals, who are also finding success in the digital arena, but whom are rarely covered in business books.

“If you look at most books about digital marketing or social media, very few, if any, offers case studies or insight from minorities in the digital landscape, so I wanted my eBook to include everybody,” Lockett says.

“So in one chapter, you  might read a thought provoking quote from Moz’s Rand Fishkin, but in another chapter, you will experience a powerful quote from Anthony Frasier from The Phat Startup or read a case study about Black and Sexy TV, on building a video brand online,” Lockett continues.  “There are so many great stories of people of color in the digital space, I felt that more people should be exposed to their stories and learn from them.”

Whether you’re a CEO of a startup, a social media professional, or a person just trying to figure this thing called digital marketing “So You Think You Know Content Marketing” is a fun, engaging read that will help develop your content and engage your audience, which will lead towards greater profits, growth and a better understanding of content marketing.

So what are you waiting for? Start your interactive journey with “So You Think You Know Content Marketing” now!

So You Think You Know Content Marketing by Kevin Lockett is NOW available on Amazon

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About: Kevin Lockett: Kevin Lockett is a social media strategist, podcaster, pop culture critic and host. He’s founder of Lockett Media, which helps nonprofits with social media strategy and content and is the host and producer of “The Digital Life with Kevin Lockett”, where he’s interviewers authors, tech leaders and pop culture influencers including ABT ballerina Misty Copland, Time Magazine’s Joel Stein and Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg. In 2015 he launched Code Akron to introduce urban youth in Northeast Ohio to coding and business of technology. Find him on Twitter @KevinLockett or visit, and his podcast at

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Podcast: James Lopez: The Phat Startup & The Tech 808 Conference (#Tech808 #Bossup)

On the latest Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, Kevin interviews The Phat Startup co-founder James Lopez on:

  • The Phat Startup’s  upcoming Tech 808 technology conference in New York City
  • How the Lean Startup method has a lot in common  Hip Hop
  • The need for diversity in technology
  • Tech 808’s first keynote speaker: Girls Who Code founder,  Resha Saujan  
  • The origin of the term #BOSSUP.

Listen to the full podcast at

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Podcast: Maurice Martin (WinslowSoul): Music Licensing, YouTube & SXSW (

On episode #14 of the Digital Life, Kevin Lockett talk to Maurice Martin, lead singer of the rock/soul band Winslow.

With a hearty assist from Little Fish Records & Tinder Box Music, the Akron/Cleveland based band is part of growing number of artists who are using music licensing to find audiences (MTV, NASCAR, Bad Girls Club).

During the conversation, Maurice talks about the band’s experiences at South by Southwest, their love of food, the love they have performing and his thoughts on what special each band member brings to Winslow.

The band also has a popular YoutTube series called “The WInslow Chronicles” and recently scored the music for the Cleveland Browns documentary “Red Right 88”

Click on the link on the top to hear the podcast. 

You can find out more about Wislow at or on Twitter &  Instagram @WinslowSoul.


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Geek Beat Live’s Cali Lewis on Building a Local Tech Community

On this bonus track from the Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, tech queen Cali Lewis discusses how social networking tools like MeetUp and Eventbrite can help build a local tech community.

You can hear the full podcast at You can follow Cali Lewis on orwww.GeekBeat.TV. You can reach Kevin Lockett at

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Podcast: Ben Greenman on Print Journalism vs. Digital Media

On this Digital Life bonus track on Soundcloud, New Yorker editor and co-author of Questlove’s “Mo Meta Blues” discusses the future of newspapers and magazines vs. digital media platforms.

You can hear the full podcast here on iTunes ( or

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Mark Cuban Crowdsources For New Dallas Mavs Jerseys

Steve Nash, Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki in the old days. (Glenn James/ Getty).

On his blog recently, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban wrote that he is looking for someone to create new jersey designs for his beloved Mavs for the 2015-26 season.

The idea that the ABC “Shark Tank” star is thinking outside the box and is offering regular people a chance to be part of NBA history is fantastic.

In simple terms, Crowdsourcing is basically  where you ask a bunch of people to help you  solve a problem.

So instead of asking  high-priced consultant to solve your problem, you put out there in the digital universe so anybody, anywhere can help you the find the solution.

 Kickstarter is a form crowdsourcing where regular folks helps people fund their projects. The Boston Bombing was another form of crowdsourcing as people sent their digital photos to the law enforcement to help them find the bombing suspects.

The fact the Mark Cuban is using crowdsourcing to help design his team’s jersey is pretty remarkable.

However there is a catche….no compensation.

Cuban said ” If you think its cool that the Mavs could possibly use your design and you will have eternal bragging rights , then post away. If we really like your design and you , I may even throw in some tickets.”

I think most professional designers would take a job like this pro-bono job for tickets, just because they probably  feel like the “bragging rights” alone could lead to more lucrative designing opportunities.

However, if you are regular basketball fan who likes designing, but is not  business savvy, watching your jersey sell millions, while you only have a few tickets to show for it, might be bitter-sweet.

Look, I’m a big Mark Cuban guy.

Ownership wise the NBA is actually stronger because he brought new ideas and enthusiasm to the league.

In fact,  I wish Cuban would bring this love to game to Cleveland to either buy the Indians or the Browns one day, (especially  if current Browns owner Jimmy Haslam can’t shake his rebate case with the IRS and the Feds).

However as much as I like Cuban and his crowdsourcing jersey idea , here’s hoping that the winner will get something in between a few tickets and the millions the jerseys will make a few years from now.

It would be the right thing to do as well as seal Mark Cuban’s legacy as one of the best, innovative  owners of all-time.

Which could  make him one of the best owners of all-time

Should companies/organizations compensate a person(s) if they crowdsource a problem that could make money?

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Zoom H1 Makes Greater Urban Film Fest Podcast Sound Great!

 On the recent episode of the Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast, I hit the road and attended the  second annual Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

GCUFF is yearly film fest in Cleveland, Ohio which features minority filmmakers as well as  films about people from different cultural backgrounds.

Another great thing about GCUFF is that they also have  a variety of  engaging, thought provoking  panel  discussions.

 I attended  two of the panels. One was creating a web series with the producers and cast from “Black & Sexy”  while the other was a discussion on animation and gaming 

Following the animation panel, I interviewed three of the panelist: directors Eric Matthews (MadWerkz Films) LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite/ The Boondocks) and gaming specialist  Tamar Medina (formerly of EA Games) using  my Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder.

Now don’t be surprised by the slenderness  or the toy-like appearance of the of Zoom H1. For being a small recorder, it packs mean vocal punch!

All you do is press the red button and your automatically in digital journalism mode, (if you can find a wind muff for it,  is sounds even better).

I bought my H1 on Amazon last year for less than a  $100 and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. 

The H1 is also great if you are a filmmaker looking for a digital recorder on a budget.  

Now if you are filming something a bit sturdier, you might want to check into another Zoom recorder like the H6 , the Tascam DR-40 or other digital recorders including the Zoom H4N (right).

If not, just put a muff on your Zoom H1 Handy portable recorder and channel your inner J.J. Abrams.

You won’t be disappointed.  

Check out my H1 Zoom Handy recorder interview at Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival  on episode 5 of the Digital Life with  Kevin Lockett here . 

Find out more about the Greater Cleveland Urbaan Film Festival, go to

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Talking BlogTalk Radio and 2013 NFL Draft with Aki Jones

I am a BIG NFL Draft guy.

Yes, I am that guy who buys the draft guys every year who sits in front of the TV, Thursday night, Friday night and most of Saturday watching seven days of the draft. I know what you’re saying:

“Wow that sexy guy is living  the life”,” I know, right?

But seriously, I am true draft junkie and when you throw in Twitter  in the mix, I constantly checking to see who might go where.

So on episode three of the Digital Life with Kevin Lockett podcast,  I decided to interview Aki Jones from the NFL Draft Bible.

The digital slant of our discussion is that Aki and the NFL Draft Bible has a Blogtalk Radio show and YouTube Channel where they interviews players.

When I first started researching podcasting, Blogtalk was something I strongly considered, but I decided to pre-tape my interviews instead of going live.

Blogtalk Radio is actually a pretty good platform for podcasting, but the you can only upload shows 30 minutes and under for the free service and my first few podcasts were about 40 minutes each (learning how to edit out interesting content is one of the toughest things about podcasting, but its getting easier).

But enough of me jabbering away!

Click on the podcast below and take a listen to Aki Jones and I discuss Blogtalk video, the diference between podcast interviews vs video ones and the NFL Draft prospects for my long suffering Cleveland Browns.



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