A Familiar Face During Bad Boys: Houston Auditions

David Cunningham

This story has been updated with additional developments.


I just watched the Bad Boys: Houston Auditions trailer and LA, we need to talk. You will never guess who I saw.

David Cunningham.  Now that’s a name we haven’t heard in a while.

When last I heard about David–whose real name is Devund Tinson— he had flown the coop again and was back in Texas up to his old shenanigans after the jig was up here in Los Angeles.

The jig you ask?  Well, Devund had spent an inordinate amount of time spinning a web of lies about who he really was, until he was caught and exposed.  Very similar to his friend or former friend (I don’t know the status of their relationship) Jace Dawson.  But at least Devund had the sense to leave town.

So now, let’s see, where to start.

Devund told us he was 22-years-old and that he was a student at USC Gould School of Law. He told us that the late Los Angeles councilmember David Cunningham was his father. He told us that L.A. County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III was his father. He told us he was a foster child with no family. He told us a lot.  None of it was true.

Devund–under the name of David Cunningham–developed an MO for raising money for political offices he claimed he was running for in any given year and then always conveniently came up with an excuse for why he couldn’t actually file to run for the office when the time came.   His last “run” was for LA City Council in District 9.  He conveniently left town before the race actually got started but not before he made a post on Facebook with the image of a gun seemingly threatening a group of South Los Angeles Democrats. The L.A. Times ended up picking up the story–probably because of Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s connection to it all. Folks had long sounded the alarm about Devund Tinson to deaf ears–similar to the calls about the real Najee Ali and the incredibly talented Jace Dawson.

And if you thought that might be enough for Devund to sneak out of town with his head hung low–it wasn’t.  He had one more trick up his sleeve. It turns out Devund was being evicted from his apartment in South LA.  He pulled a Giovanna Wilkerson and posted an ad to rent out his apartment, took a young girl’s money, let her move in, and bounced.  The girl found out the hard way that Devund was being evicted and her housing wasn’t as secure as she thought.


I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but Devund along with Najee Ali and Jace Dawson inspired me to carry personal protection as well as keep a baseball bat near my front door.

Once in Texas, Devund started back to his old shenanigans there, but this latest one takes the cake.

It seems Devund has gone through a transformation of sorts and tried out for the Baddies male equivalent titled Bad Boys that airs on the Zeus Network. 

Devund has traded in his innocent good boy, college student, and future attorney/politician backstory for another one. One that is less familiar to us here in LA. In fact, I don’t think we ever saw this Devund.

Devund Tinson Bad Boys: Houston Audition screen grab

Now I had to look this show up because I don’t watch this stuff.

Apparently, Devund, is uh supposed to be some hard bad boy now, which is laughable to those of us who have been around him.  Mentally ill and dangerous–yes, now that’s 100 percent believable, but some hard-ass bad boy walking around Houston ready to fight– in my best impression of Betty Gabriel as Georgina in Get Out–no, no, no, no. Nah homie.

Check out the trailer and see if you can spot Devund. 


By the way, I am not sure what name he gave them for this show and I do not know if he made the show.

If he did, his opponents better watch out.  While I don’t think he’s a hard bad boy, I do think he suffers from a serious mental illness that makes him dangerous. Just ask us in LA about who Devund really is. It ain’t the person who auditioned for Bad Boys: Houston. I can tell you that. I don’t know who that person is.

Ok Devund.