Lance Diamond, the Buffalo entertainer who died last month, was honored at Monday’s Black History Month awards in City Hall for his contributions to the arts.
He was one of nine individuals or organizations to receive awards from Mayor Byron W. Brown at the ceremony.
With Diamond’s passing, “the city has lost some of its glitter and glamour,” said Desiree Wiley, the WKBW reporter who served as mistress of ceremonies at Monday’s event. “He was a kind and compassionate man with humble character who lived to love and loved to live in his city,” she said. Diamond was honored posthumously for his contribution to the Buffalo arts community.
Also, the Education award went to Danis Ghel; the Family award went to Kenya and Dianna Hobbs; the Healthcare award went to Dr. Roderick Charles and the Armed Services award went to William J. Webb.
In addition, Youth awards went to Zandra Cunningham and Kenneth Simmons; Community Service awards went to Black WNY Magazine and The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York, District 7; and the Faith-based award went to Concerned Citizens of WNY.