Stokely Williams is known to most as the lead singer of the singing group, Mint Condition, which was started by Williams and his Central High School friends in the late 1980’s. He not only sings, but is the group’s drummer and percussionist. Mint Condition has a diversity of sounds which range from conventional jazz to popular R&B; they play funk as well as Latin sounds. In 2008, the group was presented with the Album and Group of the Year from the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award.
Williams is a man who has a clear understanding of his culture and history. He believes in giving back to his community. He was named after the revolutionary, Stokely Carmichael, who is best known for the statement, “Black Power.” Williams father, the Elder Mahmoud El Kati, is an African American professor emeritus, legendary historian and sage for African Americans in Minnesota and the country. It is no wonder that Williams has a love for his community and for the children.