Williams is a graduate of West End High School and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Operation Desert Storm. He has studied political science and pre-law at Lawson State Community College. He is an on-air personality, hosting a Saturday afternoon show on KISS FM (WBHK FM 98.7) and has been active in community projects and political campaigns. He founded the Pratt City Youth Athletic Association.
Williams was an unsuccessful candidate for District 9 in the 2009 Birmingham City Council election. He ran on a platform of revitalizing neighborhoods, strengthening neighborhood associations, and promoting economic development.
- "Birmingham City Council elections: District 9 candidate James Williams Jr." (August 14, 2009) The Birmingham News
- Daniel, J. H. (July 3, 2017) "James ‘J.Love’ Williams running for Birmingham City Council in District 9" Bham Now
- James Williams campaign website