[With the success of shows like “Empire” and “Power” putting hip-hop on mainstream television, director/actor Slick The Misfit tells SOHH why Hollywood has finally opened its doors to the music genre.]

It’s just Hollywood finally opening its doors, really. It all comes down to the distribution of it. These shows have been around for a long time it’s just that they haven’t been able to get the funding for it because the powers that be haven’t believed in them.

They didn’t think they were going to succeed. But now that they’re seeing African American cinema and TV shows starting to make money, they’re starting to believe in it more and they’re starting to back it more.

That’s really all it comes down to. They’re seeing the power and the influence of it.

I made “Full Circle” before “Empire” or “Power” and I also wrote my future movies before that as well. So I wasn’t really influenced by those at all but it’s definitely a good feeling to see the reception that it’s getting because it’s around the same demographic that I’m aiming for and are going to be watching my movies.

It’s great to see that happening and I’m happy for everyone involved in those shows and those projects that they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve but I wasn’t influenced by any of that.