Andria "Dreamz" Herd

Andria "Dreamz" Herd

Andria Herd (born December 15, 1981 in Wilmington, North Carolina), more commonly known by the nickname Dreamz, was a contestant in the reality television series Survivor: Fiji, finishing in a tie for second place with Cassandra Franklin.

Herd spent most of his childhood homeless in the projects of Wilmington. To survive, he and his brothers became street performers as a means of assisting the family. Because of hard times, Herd was unable to graduate from high school, but eventually received a GED from Cape Fear Community College, and is a cheerleading coach for the Universal Cheerleading Association. Prior to the start of Survivor: Fiji, he was also training to be a boxer at a gym owned by his brother.

Recently a paternity lawsuit was filed in New Hanover County Superior Court by Amanda S. Young, his alleged former girlfriend, seeking medical expenses and child support. The court papers state:

"Plaintiff and defendant lived together for a period of time in 2006 from approximately the end of January 2006 until April 2006. During this period of time plaintiff and defendant engaged in sexual intercourse and as a consequence plaintiff got pregnant."
The child, a girl, was born on November 30, 2006. However, the birth certificate does not name a father, and no other documents supporting her paternity claims were filed. Herd was scheduled to appear in Family Court on July 9, 2007.

Survivor: Fiji

Herd's tenure on Survivor was marked by frequent betrayals. The enmity this caused ensured that he would go on to be voted down 9-0 against the eventual winner, Earl Cole. His most notable betrayal was a broken promise to Yau-Man Chan that should both he and Yau-Man be in the final four and Dreamz won individual immunity, he would give the immunity necklace to Chan in exchange for a 2008 Ford Super Duty truck that Chan won in an earlier reward challenge. Despite repeated declarations to the audience that he would be 'a man of his word' and would honor the agreement, and despite saying that he wanted his child to see that he was a man who would keep his integrity and his word -- Dreamz reneged. As a result of this betrayal, he managed to reach the final Tribal Council along with Earl Cole and Cassandra Franklin. Losing to Cole in a unanimous vote, Herd shares second place with Franklin, and was awarded a cash prize of $100,000.


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